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tweety
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Icon 6 posted June 08, 2008 17:21      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yeeeup … washed the cats today. In the kitchen sink. With baby shampoo. The eldest is quite unhappy with his baby fresh smell. And, oh, for your amusement, I've posted the aftermath of washing and brushing the eldest. I'm not sure if you'll get the full impact, though.


Hmmm … tried linking to the pics off Picasa, but didn't come up. So, here's a link to the Picasa web album:

http://picasaweb.google.com/ogirji/CatWashingLeftovers

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Icon 1 posted June 08, 2008 18:17      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Aww, bummer. I wanted to see pics of your cats!!

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Icon 1 posted June 09, 2008 09:07      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Rhonwyyn – Okay, I just uploaded 5 pics to the album. The first three are of our youngest cat, Julian. The last two are of our eldest cat, Oscar.

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Icon 1 posted June 09, 2008 12:32      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
tweety - why did you wash your cats? We have four - two are eight years old and two are nine years old - and they have always washed themselves.... very low-maintenance . [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted June 09, 2008 12:44      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
This would normally go in the joke bank but it's topical so I put it here.

Cat Bathing as a Martial Art

Some people say cats never have to be bathed. They say cats lick themselves clean. They say cats have a special enzyme of some sort in their saliva that works like New, Improved Wisk - dislodging the dirt where it hides and whisks it away.

I've spent most of my life believing this folklore. Like most blind believers, I've been able to discount all the facts to the contrary - the kitty odors that lurk in the corners of the garage and dirt smudges that cling to the throw rug by the fireplace.

The time comes, however, when a man must face reality; when he must look squarely in the face of massive public sentiment to the contrary and announce: "This cat smells like a port-a-potty on a hot day in Juarez."

When that day arrives at your house, as it has in mine, I have some advice you might consider as you place your feline friend under your arm and head for the bathtub:

* Know that although the cat has the advantage of quickness and lack of concern for human life, you have the advantage of strength. Capitalize on that advantage by selecting the battlefield. Don't try to bathe him in an open area where he can force you to chase him. Pick a very small bathroom. If your bathroom is more than four feet square, I recommend that you get in the tub with the cat and close the sliding-glass doors as if you were about to take a shower. (A simple shower curtain will not do. A berserk cat can shred a three-ply rubber shower curtain quicker than a politician can shift positions.)

* Know that a cat has claws and will not hesitate to remove all the skin from your body. Your advantage here is that you are smart and know how to dress to protect yourself. I recommend canvas overalls tucked into high-top construction boots, a pair of steel-mesh gloves, an army helmet, a hockey face mask and a long-sleeve flak jacket.

* Prepare everything in advance. There is no time to go out for a towel when you have a cat digging a hole in your flak jacket. Draw the water. Make sure the bottle of kitty shampoo is inside the glass enclosure. Make sure the towel can be reached, even if you are lying on your back in the water.

* Use the element of surprise. Pick up your cat nonchalantly, as if to simply carry him to his supper dish. (Cats will not usually notice your strange attire. They have little or no interest in fashion as a rule. If he does notice your garb, calmly explain that you are taking part in a product-testing experiment for J.C. Penney.)

* Once you are inside the bathroom, speed is essential to survival. In a single liquid motion, shut the bathroom door, step into the tub enclosure, slide the glass door shut, dip the cat in the water and squirt him with shampoo. You have begun one of the wildest 45 seconds of your life. Cats have no handles. Add the fact that he now has soapy fur, and the problem is radically compounded. Do not expect to hold on to him for more that two or three seconds at a time. When you have him, however, you must remember to give him another squirt of shampoo and rub like crazy. He'll then spring free and fall back into the water, thereby rinsing himself off. (The national record is -- for cats -- three latherings, so don't expect too much.)

* Next, the cat must be dried. Novice cat bathers always assume this part will be the most difficult, for humans generally are worn out at this point and the cat is just getting really determined. In fact, the drying is simple compared to what you have just been through. That's because by now the cat is semipermanently affixed to your right leg. You simply pop the drain plug with your foot, reach for your towel and wait. (Occasionally, however, the cat will end up clinging to the top of your army helmet. If this happens, the best thing you can do is to shake him loose and to encourage him toward your leg.) After all the water is drained from the tub, it is a simple matter to just reach down and dry the cat.

In a few days the cat will relax enough to be removed from your leg. He will usually have nothing to say for about three weeks and will spend a lot of time sitting with his back to you. He might even become psychoceramic and develop the fixed stare of a plaster figurine.

You will be tempted to assume he is angry. This isn't usually the case. As a rule he is simply plotting ways to get through your defenses and injure you for life the next time you decide to give him a bath. But, at least now he smells a lot better.

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Icon 1 posted June 09, 2008 13:30      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Grummash – We used to wash our eldest (10 y/o) once a month. He's got a very, very nice coat, which translates into frequent hairballs. Washing them keeps the hairball count down. Brushing also helps, kinda. But, with washing, you can really get all that loose undercoat out, something brushing doesn't really do. Also, our eldest is very moody, which translates into random acts of brushing of varying timelines. I've tried completely brushing him out a few times, and the longer I brushed, the more violent and frequent his tail swishing became until he finally lost it, let out a war cry, grabbed my hand in both front paws, and gently bit my hand.

Now, luckily for us, our cats don't smell. In fact, if you sniffed a fur coat in a store, than took a good whiff of our cats, well, you wouldn't notice much of a difference. [Smile]

What also helps when washing cats is to have two people perform the deed. One holds/maneuvers/corrals/catherds while the other soaks, suds and rinses.

Oh, before I forget, CrawGator is right about the ensuing silence. A nice side benefit.

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Icon 1 posted June 10, 2008 07:10      Profile for RScottV     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Last week we got a Furminator.

It seemed pricey at 40 bucks, but it took a ton of hair off our cat. She doesn't seem to mind it too much. Plus it is just fun to say, "I have furminated the cat." (preferably in an "Ahnold" accent.)

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Icon 1 posted June 10, 2008 08:18      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A trick I learned a few years back was to use a mop bucket, it keeps the cat secure and even though she can put her paws on the edge of the bucket she does not try to jump out and run away. Also while in the bucket she can't wrap her legs around your arms and bite. I only had to bathe her 3 times in the 9 years we've had her, 2 of those times were in a bucket.
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Icon 1 posted June 10, 2008 09:00      Profile for joliet_jane     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My kitty is such a sweetie. When I bathe him, he yowls as if to say "Why are you killing me? [weep] " and is otherwise very compliant.

It's a bit like this, but not as loud:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17WW_p1N7BQ

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Icon 1 posted June 10, 2008 09:31      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
RScottV – We've got something very similar, it's a light blue and gray thing, more like a comb than the one you pointed to. I forget the name, but we picked it up at Bed Bath & Beyond (but, not in the Way Beyond department). It's the brush we used on them post–bathing. I would use it more often, instead of their regular kitty brush, but the oldest gets really pissy real quick with it.

Both our kitties are pretty pliant, and, as we used to wash the oldest quite often, he's pretty resigned to his fate. It's the youngest that's the most weasily on the subject. But, as long as he gets herded well, he stays put.

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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2008 16:52      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Awww... cute kitties! I especially like Oscar.

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Icon 1 posted June 11, 2008 17:39      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Everyone we know finds Oscar to be the sexiest. In fact, he really is sex on four paws. [Smile] Silky, sleek, sexy. You can't but want to touch him.

Julian, though, he's just a like a little boy. Cute, playful, loving. A momma's boy, really, while Oscar seems to more of a daddy's boy.

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You can't really get the full impact of washing a cat without the claw marks.
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