|Purred: Fri Mar 24, '06 9:42am PST |
I'd have to agree with most posts that you probably shouldn't need a bath, especially if it scares you. A washcloth rinsed in warm water (keep one just for you) is probably the best way to clean up any 'poo paws'!
However, if you must have a bath, there's a few things that might be helpful. First, is the water too hot or cold? I don't know the exact temperature in degrees that is recommended, but cats are a little warmer than humans - maybe it was too cold? (but be careful not to go too far the other way and burn)
Also, my cats hate running water (and the sound echoes in the tiled room!) but they are ok with still water. Make sure the bath is already filled before you get the cat.
Make sure the water isn't too deep - I think deeper than the cat's belly may be too deep.
The cat will feel much more secure if their feet can't slip - a non-slip rubber mat or something is a good idea. I've read that a towel in the bottom of the bath is good, but when I try it seems to float up too much.
Make very sure the cat doesn't get cold after the bath. Some people use a hairdryer but there's no way my cats would like that!!! DD may be scared by it too, so I'd recommend nothing noisy like that. Either do it on a very warm day or put her in a heated room until she's dry.
A tip I read was that if your cat is scared of even going in that room, try making it less scary before you even put her in a bath by putting treats in there for her, and continue for a while until she's not scared of the room.
Here's a couple of sites that aren't too bad:
But I'd still say if it really scares her that much, use the washcloth instead! In 7 years I've only had to bath my cats a few times. If they were totally indoor cats I would never have had to!
Good luck DD !!
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