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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Bathing a new kitten

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I am bringing my first kitten home this weekend. I know re-homing a cat is stressful, especially since we'll have to do a 2 hour drive... I'd like to make the kitty as comfortable as possible. The problem is that the breeder's home smells strongly of urine, and I don't know if the kitten will smell too. In case if she does, I'd like to give her a bath just to make sure she is clean, but don't want to cause unnecessary stress. Do you recommend doing it right when we get home and let her adjust after, or let her get used to the new place and then stress her out again by bathing? Thanks!
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I'd let her get used to your new place for a few days. It will be scary enough for her.

Maybe the breeder's place smelled of urine because there were lots of cats and uncleaned litter boxes.


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Yes, she has a bunch of cats in her home. Maybe the smell will air out of the kitten's fur and it won't be a problem at all. Certainly don't want to stress her out too much...
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I don't think it's a good idea to bath your kitten right when she arrives. First of all, kittens are vulnerable to many virus and bacterias. She need to be strong to fight for the "things" that are not in her previous home. Adding the stress of big changes in, you don't want to make her even weaker by giving her a bath. If she catches a cold or has a diarrhea, that would be a disaster. Second, she is already stressful. Giving her a bath now may make her link the bath with all the upsetting thing. This will make it even more difficult to bath her few months later.

So I think you should leave her alone for at least 2-3 weeks. Don't change her diet, don't change her litter, don't do things so drastic like bath. If you are concerned about the smell, you can try using a towel damped by warm water and rub on her. You can even add a bit of (scentless) baby powder.


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I also don't think it's a good idea to bathe her upon arrival. She already has too many things to get used to like a new environment, new people, new litter or even food etc. It's already pretty stressful.

In your mind, it's dirty, but she's a cat. When she's feeling calmer, she'll start grooming herself.

Again, altho you may think it's pitiful, you might want to start her off by confining her in a small room upon arrival, then work your way up to full freedom. Depending on her personality, she may feel overwhelmed. Unlike humans, cats feel calmer in small spaces. If you need more advice, just ask away.
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Alright, thanks will wait with the bathing. Maybe she won't need one after all!
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When I picked up the twins, their new foster home (they were moved the night before from the foster home where I first met them) was AWFUL. Inside/outside dogs and cats and it smelled horrible. I was afraid she had ruined them.

But the twins themselves had no odor (or fleas, thank goodness!!!).

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When I picked up Mia from the Humane Society, she had a smell about her. I just wiped her down with scented baby wipes while I was holding and petting her. I gave her a bath the next week after she was more settled.
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The wipes are great advice, but I've read here and online that you should use unscented baby wipes on cats.

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....you can always use baby wipes, but make sure they are the kind that is unscented. Do not use any that have perfume or any scent on them at all. Your cat will lick their fur and if it is scented, this could cause them to get an upset tummy and that is not good for the cat.

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Or just go buy pet wipes. They are pet-friendly (of course), unscented and anti-allergenic. Well the ones I got are, at least!
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