|Purred: Thu Aug 21, '08 1:18am PST |
|I'm not sure if it would achieve the same thing, but if your cat is a short hair like me, you can do a sponge bath. I've only had one immersion bath in my life and that was with bird soap (Dawn, the stuff that takes the oil off the sea birds in oil slicks). I had a bird bath because I got into something toxic and it was all over my legs and tummy. Other than that time, I've had regular sponge baths, since I like to roll around in the garden and get kinda dirty. Plus Daddy likes me to lose the dander once in a while. I've known cats who got their first sponge bath when they were old and sick, and they liked it. That's because it's just like the tongue bath our cat mom used to give us.
First you comb or brush to get the loose hair and bring dirt and dead skin to the surface. Then you wet a wash cloth (I like a hot, wrung-out cloth) or get a commercial cat wipe and rub all over. You can go in all directions, and going against the hair lets you clean deeper. When I'm really dirty, Mama rinses out the cloth a few times. It's ok for us to get damp, we don't just like to get soaked when we're not used to it. It's nice to dry with a towel afterward, though it's not necessary since we're not soaking wet. I'm sure you can get a cat really clean with a real bath, but there's resistance. A sponge bath feels like love. I purr my way through it, and I still get soft and fluffy.
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