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how do you take a cat a bath without getting scratched?

My cat once we put him in the shower and he was going crazy.and when ever we take kim a bath he scratches us.we used tape to wrap his feet but the tape got stuck on his fur.


Asked by Member 638552 on May 29th 2008 in Grooming
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Skuya

Forget the tape, as you found out, not good to use- fur & in general.
Does he really need a bath? Maybe just brush him? Sev. here need baths because they are overwt, here's what I do-
Gather all your supplies, get a helper if you can, & some soft music wouldn't be bad. Spend a little time with kitty reassuring him. I get together- some towels, baby (no-tear) soap, joy dish soap, (if you want to put on for a few mins for flea tx (per poster here)), a cup to rinse. Wear some old clothes & if you think kitty knows what's planned, pick him up in one of the towels. You can drop it on him from above, & when he's wondering, "hey, who turned out the lights?", pick him up & gently carry him to the Bath. Gentle & Calm are the keys, kitty will pick-up on your attitude. Put him in the tub & you or your helper can hold him, then H2O. If he is trying to jump like a kangaroo put towel in front, as a bib, holding it (not too tight) at the back of his neck. He won't be able to jump then. Wash away!


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Izadore (Izzie)

I think I saw something like what you did to your kitty on "Criminal Minds" about a serial killer...Seriously, when my son used to bathe his cat, he enlisted the help of his loving girlfriend and they did what Skyua suggested--wrapping him in a towel. But unless your kitty is VERY dirty or has been hit by a skunk, most kitties are OK with just being brushed. Delilah and Izzie are fairly long haired and I brush them a few times a day. It keeps them clean and groomed. I wouldn't even attempt to bathe the Diva, Delilah. The outcry from her would make the news at 11PM!!


Izadore (Izzie) answered on 5/29/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Cleo (The Queen)

Mommy washes us is extra warm water-it really works. Cats normal temp. is 102. People's body temp. is a lot lower,so what is warm to them isn't to us-it is cold. Mommy says the water feels VERY warm to her, but for us we love it so much we purrrr and move under the water.


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Lola

Lots of good ideas here. I have Maine Coon show kitties who get very thorough baths on a regular basis, but while they don't like the bathing, they put up with it. I think Cleo's idea was great--I was always washing them in lukewarm water because I didn't want to scald them, but water that's closer to their body temperature is probably a better idea. As Izzie points out, the best way to avoid having to bathe Kitty is regular grooming. I would add, however, that a metal comb (preferably one with both fine and coarse teeth) is better than a brush for removing dead fur and preventing mats. Until I got my Maine Coons, I never thought that bathing cats was necessary, but there's nothing like a bath for getting rid of dead underfur (thus fewer hairballs and less shedding) and helping a longhaired Kitty keep him/herself feeling pretty and perky. If you can get Kitty used to the occasional bath, I can guarantee that both you and Kitty will be happier in the long run.


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Garfield--D of D Jan 26 2010

Hi there, Before I came down wih diabeties my owner used to give me a bath once and a while and of course I didn't like it. He used to fill the tub with warm water and hold me tight with my back to him. I use to try like crazy to get away but he wouldn't let me. Oh I tried to scratch him but was unsucessful. He even put me under the running water to rinse me off. Boy would I put up a struggle, but in the end when I dryed myself off by licking myself I felt much better with all the loose fur gone.


Garfield--D of D Jan 26 2010 answered on 5/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Tabby

First, trim your cat's claws. Then brush him well to remove any dead hair. Reassure him with treats by doing so he would make a positive association. Then place a rubber mat to avoid slipping (assures the cat that he has a hold on the slippery bath tub!)Use very warm water( not HOT!)(you can use a thermometer to check its temp to be not beyond 102.) I do this to ensure my kitty is safe and not getting scalded by hot water!. Then close the bathroom door and make sure you talk to him in a soothing tone to make him feel comfortable. I use a small bucket and a pail to wash her and I dont use running water.sometimes it comes with a force that might irritate your cat. Try not to pour water over his head. I always hold my kitty's head a little elevated using my palm and then pour water gently over her body. Keep reassuring he is a good boy! Ensure you rinse him thoroughly to remove all the shampoo residue. Then wrap him in a warm towel and give him the treat he likes best. Good luck.


Tabby answered on 5/30/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer