I hear a lot of you guys talking about giving your cat a bath, but I was wondering if this is always necessary. My cats are 100% indoors, without fleas, and do a very good job of grooming themselves. Do I need to bathe them?
If they never get smelly and have no skin problems, than probably not. I have 100% indoor cats, and they have had 2 baths so far, one due to fleas and one becuase they have developed dandruff this winter. My girls aren't really bothered by water so it's not a big deal to give them a bath (they fuss a little, but they hold still and don't try to escape).
It's not necessary but it would be nice to clean them every once in a long time. My cats don't like water and they will get crazy on you if you try to bathe them, my neighbors probably think I'm trying to murder a cat by the sounds they make!
Mine get baths occasionly, but only if my cousin is here to help me hold them down. :roll: They get stinky, I guess b/c of the ferret, & Sammie has dandruff. But other than that they're fine. They're 100% indoors, no fleas, no nothing. I just give them baths to make sure they STAY that way.(my cats are so smart, they'll find a way to get dirty, no matter what! :roll: )
I bathed my cat once and she went ballistic! I never realized how strong she was until I gave her a bath. I was taking her to my parents house and my mom has allergies, but that would be the only reason I would ever do it again! Hint: if your cat is afraid of the water as mine is, wear a wetsuit. :wink:
Oh I know!! I gave my last kitty a bath when she got sick because she had stopped grooming herself. Even sick and weaker than usual, she was still very resistant to being near water. I didn't even immerse her in any water - I just held her in the tub and sort of gave her a sponge bath. Didn't like it one bit!
I don't like to bathe my cats during the winter because I know they will freeze! I keep it plenty warm in here, but they still want to lay under the blankets--so I know they couldn't stand to be wet and cold. All of my cats get dandruff during the winter, so they get baths in the spring.