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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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how do I give kitty a shower? <ow!>

So my two kittens aren't fond of the shower. I don't have a tub in which to bathe them. Any suggestions on how to hold them and comfort them during our joint shower? Or should I try the kitchen sink? Usually, I end up pretty bloody.

Also, I tend to bathe them when they start to smell like three-day-old tuna, once every two months or so. Is this reasonable?

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How old are they? And why do they smell? Most cats keep themselves very clean and there isn't much of a reason to bathe them.

I've given mine three baths since I got him. Once when he was shedding tons of hair, I figured a bath might help (for a day or two anyway). The second time, he had peed all over himself in his carried on a trip to the vet (poor thing hadn't gone all night after a bad reaction to vaccines... wouldn't move enough to go to the box). The last time he has some nasty sticky junk all over him (I'm thinking it was Christmas tree sap).

Anyway, I'd suggest the kitchen sink. My cat is full grown, 11lbs and I still only use the bathroom sink to wash him in.

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They are eight months old. I'm not sure why they smell, but after a while, they just start to stink of old fish. And its not just after they eat Perhaps I should be less sensitve about it?

And perhaps I should give the sink a try next time...
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post #4 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 02:24 PM
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I've bathed my cats by using a washcloth. First with a soap/water solution. Then rinsing off with plain water. I think the noise of the shower scares them. My method also avoids getting soap and water in eyes and ears.

They don't like it, and complain loudly, but I haven't gotten scratched. (yet)
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My guess is that the odor is bad breath. However, if you want to shower them, I would put a remote control device on the spigots, get in your car, aim the remote cotrol at the house, and go to a department store for a new shower curtain, drapes, and rug set. Make sure you are well protected before you open the bathroom door. It would be best to stop at an Army/Navy supply store and get a complete set of cat proofed clothes, including a helmet.

Seriously, I would just use baby wipes--unscented would be fine, but the scented ones would be more effective- and wipe the cat well. Good luck! (The urinating in the kitty carrier would probably necessitate the body armor and a dip in the sink.) I used to raise collies, and the pups were cat size or larger before they left. I wiped them with a cloth, spritzed them with one spray of light cologne, brushed it through, and they were fine. I got this hint from other breeders. Of course, puppies don't bathe themselves as much as kittens do!




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One of my roommates insists that Buddy stinks, and has wanted to give him a bath for a while now. But I don't smell a thing and think she's crazy You could have a very sensitive sence of smell.

(on another note, buddy stepped in poop and pee in the litter box today, then when he tried to clean himself, got some on his belly, i intervened and i HAD to give him a half bath. I used the bathroom sink, with warm water, and had a BIG sweater on to avoid claws!)

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post #7 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-09-2005, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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washcloths and baby wipes.

oooh! now we're talking. say goodbye to scratched wrists and bloody shower curtains!

kittens beware of washcloth man (I might just order a scratch-proof body suit while I'm at it).
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Re: washcloths and baby wipes.

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I've only had to bathe one of my cats regularly. I adopted her when she was 2 weeks old from an overcrowded shelter after her mommy died in a fire. She never bathed herself, never. I always suspected it was because she never learned how because she lost her mama so early on. I'm rambling now, but I did successfully wash her many times. I always used the kitchen sink. I'd fill up one side with warm, clean water (have a cup handy) and sit her in the dry side of the sink. A little Dove dishsoap into my hand and wash & rinse away. Make sure you have a good grip.
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my kitties also lost their mother when they were young (they were apparently abondoned, and I adopted them from the lady who rescued them). they do clean themselves, though.
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