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Old 05-03-2014, 08:44 AM   #1
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Cat bath - what do I do?

When I was a boy, I was raised with dogs..

they got a bath at least once a month..

now I adopted 2 cats..
can I give them a bath? My friend says no, they clean themselves..

but my big boy cat got tangled up with a skunk the other night, and he stinks!

any tips here about this?

my cats a pretty wild!

Eric, Austin Tx.

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Old 05-03-2014, 09:45 AM   #2
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Clean toilet.

Add bath soap for pets.

Drop cat in and shut lid, holding closed.

Soak several minutes (cat will do all the agitation).

Flush to rinse several times.

Open lid and run.

Let cat air dry. Unless you wish to donate blood.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:16 AM   #3
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This sounds like a great idea. I think I'll give it a try. Anybody got a cat I can borrow?
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:47 AM   #4
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Eric, all funnin' aside, yes you can wash a cat, but it ain't pretty. Tomato juice might help with the skunky odor. I'd suggest a partner and heavy gloves. Or pay for a groomer to do it.
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Old 05-03-2014, 01:44 PM   #5
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I would pay the groomer. They need the money to keep buying protective garments. Or check with the vet.
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Old 05-03-2014, 01:53 PM   #6
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Search the internet for the solution to use for bathing the cat. I think it involves vinegar. It does work. Just ask my SIL and his very unhappy white Westie!
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I bathed my cat a couple of times when she was quite young. She did NOT like it, and neither did I. As I remember it....it was a bath for the cat and a blood letting for me! 😱. I don't remember the circumstances, but it was apparently necessary or I would not have risked life and limb. In your case removing the skunk odor would be "necessary" but be forewarned and I suggest doing it outdoors in a tub with at least one other person to help, or take the life saving way out and go to the groomer 😎
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When I worked as a VHT, back in the early '80s, the majority of cats would allow bathing with just a leash on. But there were those that required a dose of ketaset and rompun to be cooperative.
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Old 05-03-2014, 04:25 PM   #9
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Step 1) Buy or rent a Chain Mail suit...

Step 2) Bath cat

Step 3) Leave the cat alone to dry.
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Clean toilet.

Add bath soap for pets.

Drop cat in and shut lid, holding closed.

Soak several minutes (cat will do all the agitation).

Flush to rinse several times.

Open lid and run.

Let cat air dry. Unless you wish to donate blood.
I think Craig is joking!

I'm fortunate in never having had to bath a cat but when I lived at home one of ours was used to jumping into the empty bath and licking the water from around the drain. One day my mother had run a bath and gone into the bedroom to get ready, leaving the bathroom door open, when there was an almighty splashing and squawking. The cat had jumped into the bath not realising there was water in it. We fished her out and dried her off and she was none the worse for the experience apart from an enormous sulk that lasted nearly 2 days. She never jumped in the bath again!
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