|Purred: Mon Jan 21, '08 4:29pm PST |
|if you don't think your cat is dirty, and have never bathed her-try it. then look at the water after kitty is done, before you drain it or move her to another sink or such to rinse. is the water nice and clear except for suds? or is it an attractive greyish color with loose hair and litter debris and perhaps the odd piece of lint or string? if your bath water is clear, then treasure your magic cat. if it is not, then consider that perhaps kitty needs a helping paw now and then. if we didn't bathe the kittens every now and then, they wouldn't be orange-they like to roll in fresh litter, play in dirt-and shyloh deposits everything in her ears. we have wipes to try to keep crap off their paws so it won't go in (mostly shyloh's) ears, but after a bath kaya and shyloh look and feel...well, cleaner. their fur has more body, is brighter-it's more than just removing the odd smudge. if you were covered in hair it would be harder to tell that you were dirty, too. i have long hair. when i fail to wash it often enough, i get dandruff. dandruff does not mean your skin is dry, it means you are shedding skin. everyone does this, but as my hair is almost black, it shows. this is human dander, and i don't personally know anyone allergic to it. cat dander is a different story. try running a damp cloth through your hair for awhile, see if that makes it nice and clean and shiny, and keeps your scalp healthy and dandruff-free. your cat is doing the equivalent when she bathes herself.
cats do just fine in the wild without baths, people say. really. then they should also do just fine without rabies shots, protection from parasitical infection, neutering or spaying, plentiful food, clean water, shelter from the elements, vaccinations of any kind...the skin is the largest organ of the body. it deserves attention. we don't bathe the cats that often, once a month or so. but their tongues cannot do what pet shampoo can, and cannot comb as well as the brushes we have...i'm not trying to be argumentative here. but yes, cats get dirty. their fur absorbs the oil and dirt, but they're still dirty. a stained cloth isn't dripping, but it's stained. a dirty cat doesn't usually stink, but it's still a dirty cat, and keeping a kitty a little cleaner than she can keep herself is akin to keeping her vaccinated and thus a little more protected from viruses than she could keep herself. a helping paw-which they are owed.
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