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Low stress way for me to bathe my kitties.

I bathed Squirrely-Jo yesterday in the Master Bath, the same way I did Reilly. It was much more difficult as she is considerably more mobile that Reilly was.
She also 'yowled' a lot like I was killing her.
Because she was so hard to hold, I only washed her rump area, where it is difficult for her to clean, has dandruff was looking decidedly oily. I put her in the outdoor cat-cage to dry before I brought her indoors to the AC.

Today, her rump still looked oily and flaky so I decided to bathe her again.
I know, I'm a glutton for punishment.

It was MUCH easier today AND I got her entirely bathed! (except for her head)

I used the outdoor cat-cage, which is a welded wire dog crate, about 3'x5' and 4' tall. I placed the shampoo and the garden hose out there, set very low. I locked S-Jo and I inside and away we went!
She cried a little bit, but not the yowls of yesterday. She really didn't like the water running on her, but that was fairly quickly done. She absolutely loved the shampoo massage! Purring, even! I gave her a light rinse and we lathered up again because I wanted to make sure we got the suds to the skin.
Rinsing took longer, but was MUCH easier than yesterday's pouring of platic cups of water over her...the hose did a much better job. I worked my way from her topline, down. She even helped me by standing on her hindlegs with her fronts on the wire sides of the crate and I was able to thoroughly rinse her belly and down to her feet.

Surprisingly, I didn't get very wet. I got a few drops of water from her shaking her furry wet feet, and once she walked past my leg and soaked my scrub-pants...but they dry pretty quickly.

Overall in the future, if I need to bathe a kitty (in nice weather) I'm going to do it in this crate! I think what made the experience less traumatic for her was I wasn't trying to grab her scruff and force her to be still. I let her walk around wherever within the crate...but she mostly stood at the gate.
I'll go check on her right now, to see how she is drying and make sure she still has shade, then I'm going to have a shower, myself. By the time I'm done, she should be ready to come in.

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