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How To Bathe a Cat

Updated on July 31, 2017

The good, the bad and the funny of bathing a cat

Bathing a cat should not be taken lightly. You could get hurt, your cat could be traumatized and your house could end up a disaster area. After 40 years of practice, I can help you avoid these 3 things if you follow the advice on this page. So, read on as you never know when you may have to bath your cat or kitten.

Here you'll learn not only how to give a cat a bath, but when a cat bath is necessary. I'll also share with you the 8 things you must do while bathing your cat and my step-by-step trauma-free way to bathe your cat.

P.S. Enjoy the funny photos of cats in baths. And make sure you bookmark this page just in case you ever need to bathe your cat or if you just want a chuckle by seeing the photos or captions.

5 Reasons a cat may need to be bathed

When would a cat need a bath?

A cat doesn't usually need to be bathed. They clean themselves and they do a great job of it. Here are 5 situations where cats may need to be bathed.

1. Young kittens

Many kittens need to be spot-bathed or fully bathed a couple of times due to poop or urine on their paws and body or, if you are bottle feeding them, they may get milk all over themselves. Make sure to follow my step-by-step below to know how to keep them safe and warm throughout the bathing process.

2. Older cats

Some older cats need to be bathed or spot-bathed because the are too sick to clean themselves or they have accidents where their poop or urine gets on them.

3. Skin problems

Some cats get a skin rash that requires applying medicated shampoo.

4. The cat gets something on her body -- tar, oil, tree sap, skunk spray.

These things will clog your cat's pores if it get on his skin. No matter where it is on the cat,he will lick it trying to get it off. If your cat ingests too much of any of these things, he can become sick to the stomach.

For skunk spray, see module below or click skunk spray

5. The cat steps into something poisonous -- weed killer, anti-freeze, rat poisons, insect sprays.

If your cat comes into contact with any of these items -- on their skin or paws or ingests it. Your cat could get extremely sick and can die if not treated in a timely manner. (For more plants and other poisons to cats, click Curiosity can kill a dog or cat.)

Do not take any chances, immediately call the poison center at:

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(888) 426-4435
For any animal poison-related emergency.
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A $55 consultation fee may be charged.

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8 Things You Must Do While Bathing A Cat

How to bath your cat and keep you and your cat safe

Although there are some cats who love baths, most cats do not. Luckily, cats do not have to be bathed often, if at all. But when they do, make sure to keep these things in mind:

1. Be kind, calm, patient and gentle, even if your cat is going ballistic.

2. Talk to him gently the entire time you are bathing him.

3. Also be organized in advance.

4. Keep things moving.

5. Use warm water -- not too hot and not too cold.

6. Towel him off rubbing and massage him (this helps to calm him down).

7. When you think he is dry, wrap a clean, dry towel around him and hug him (if he'll let you), talking gently to him.

8. Give him his favorite treat as a reward (or apology).

See the next section to for The Trauma Free Way To Bathe Your Cat, my step-by-step method of cat bathing.

A shampoo foam for bathing your cat - What's better; a foam or liquid shampoo for bathing a cat?

Synergy Waterless Less Bath Foam For Cats & Kittens
Synergy Waterless Less Bath Foam For Cats & Kittens

Here's a great shampoo foam that makes it easier to bath your cat. A foam is easier to rub in and keeps you from using too much shampoo. It is easier to rinse off as well.


The Trauma Free Way To Bathe Your Cat

Step-by-Step Instructions for bathing a cat That Really Work

Deciding to bathe a cat is a fairly extreme measure, generally undertaken only when necessary because of a major case of fleas or some other unsavory misadventure. And, unless you have a highly unusual cat, bathing him will not be easy. Most cats hate water and being wet and will be frightened by the ordeal and will act out accordingly.

Here's the method I use to bathe cats with much success - remember to talk to him softly throughout the bath:

1. Get Organized

Put out cat shampoo, wash cloths, 3 absorbent towels, your cat's favorite treat, put a non-skid mat in a large bowl or tub in the sink half filled with warm water. Cotton balls for the cat's ears to keep accidental water out (if they'll put up with them).

2. Get A Helper

My husband holds the cat using the "scruff hold" also known as the "momma-hold" (gripping the skin behind the cat's head like a momma cat carries her kitten), which when applied correctly, makes the cat stop struggling - He supports the cat's body as he lowers him onto the non-skid mat in the sink.

3. Head First

With a wet washcloth, I gently clean his face. I do not use shampoo on his face unless absolutely necessary, thus avoiding soap in his eyes, nose or mouth.

4. The Body

I lift his chin and using a large cup, I pour clean, warm water down the back of his head and over his body. I rub a little shampoo between my hands and rub it into the cat's body, legs and paws.

I rinse with clean, warm water and use my hands to squeeze the water off his body and legs, repeating as necessary.

5. Drying

I take a clean towel, wrap it around his body, then pat and rub the water off. I repeat with a 2nd towel.

5. Cuddle Him

I wrap him in another towel and cuddle him, walking away from the sink while talking softly. I walk away so he knows the ordeal is over while I am warming him up with my body. Hold them for as long as he will let you. This is important because it ensures he is dry and warm and leaves him with a better feeling about the ordeal.

6. Give Him A Treat

Finally I take him to his favorite treat and unwrap and set him in front of it. I continue to stroke him and I tell him how proud I am of him and how grand he smells and how beautiful he's going to look, now that he's clean. And I promise I won't do it again unless I really have to.

He may eat the treat immediately, or he may scamper away to do his own cleaning, but when he's done, he'll come back to get his treat.

Music to keep your cat calm during and after bathing - Music will calm your cat

Anxiety studies have shown that certain classical music will calm cats and dogs. So why not play music before, during and after the cat bathing process? It will relax your cat AND you!

Classic Cuts
Classic Cuts

This is a great cd with music that has been tested and proved to calm cats and dogs. The cd w=as developed by award winning producer, performer and pet lover, Tom Nazziola. You may remember him from Disney's Baby Einstein.


How to Remove Skunk Odor

Skunk Shampoo for Sprayed Cats (and dogs)

What Does NOT Work

1. Tomato juice contrary to popular belief.

2. Lemon or orange juice.

3. Perfumes or other sprays.

What Does Work


Mix together and use immediately:

4 cups hydrogen peroxide

1 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

1 teaspoon liquid soap or dish detergent


1. Put cotton balls into the cat's ears so the shampoo does not drip into them.

2. Put a drop of olive oil into each of the cat's eyes to prevent irritation.

3. Wear a good pair of rubber gloves (long sleeves, if available) to protect your hands.


1. Bathe the cat thoroughly as in the above module.

2. Rinse with tap water and repeat as necessary.

3. If your cat did get some in the eyes, flush them out as soon as possible although the olive oil in Preparation Step 2 should have protected them.

4. Pat them dry.

6. Give them a treat.

Photo: Striped skunk. Wikimedia Commons

Don't be alarmed if you find your black cat now has a lot of brown fur. This is due to the peroxide and will last a long time.

How NOT To Bathe Your Cat

Cat bathing gone bad

Here are some things to remember NOT to do while bathing your cat. (videos follow with some great examples of these no-nos.)

1. Do not use a sprayer.

2. Do not run faucet during bath, use large bowl in 2nd sink filled with clean, warm water.

3. Do not put cat's face in water. And especially don't duck cat's head under it!

4. Do not use too much soap -- rub a DAB between your hands then rub on fur. Too much and it will be very hard to get out.

5. Use a helper if you can - one to use the scruff hold while the other gives the bath.

6. Do not use a blow dryer UNLESS you know your cat likes it!

Video of how NOT to give a cat a bath - Cat bath gone wrong

Video - How to Give A Cat A Bath - Good example of a cat bath

Videos of cats getting bathed - Mostly how NOT to give your cat a bath

Handy wipes from Amazon - Bathing wipes can be used for small boo-boos on cats

Brampton Company Bathing Wipes for Cats 8pk 8.25in X 9in
Brampton Company Bathing Wipes for Cats 8pk 8.25in X 9in

Sometimes you don't need to bath whole cat. Instead, you can use these wipes to clean up small areas. It's less traumatic for your cat and for you. I highly recommend having some on hand and in your cat first-aid kit.


Lipiderm Liquid Feline and bathing wipes for bathing cats - A good choice when you don't want to submerg your cat into water

Lipiderm Liquid Feline (4 oz.) + 10 ct. Quick Bath Cat Wipes
Lipiderm Liquid Feline (4 oz.) + 10 ct. Quick Bath Cat Wipes

Lipiderm Liquid Feline bathing solution along with the wipe. This is very good when you have to spot-bath an area but need more liquid to work into the area.


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      Frankie Kangas 3 years ago from California

      @webgirl256: Thank you!

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      webgirl256 3 years ago

      Awesome page with good information!

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      'Vikk Simmons 3 years ago from Houston

      Love the photos. I'm not sure I'm up to bathing the two cats but I applaud those willing to make the effort. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had a cat that was allergic to everything and had to bathe him in a prescription shampoo from the vet. He was the only cat I knew that was allergic to being outside. Rambo was a great cat even with all his medical problems. I really enjoyed your article and the pictures were so funny.

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      lingolux 4 years ago

      I had to bathe my cat when she got infested in fleas, she wasn't happy at all!

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @JeffGilbert: Thanks, Jeff. With some cats, it is like wrestling a mini-alligator. lol thanks for visiting. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      I figured anybody who created a lens about how to bathe a cat, ranks right up there with, how to wrestle and alligator... :) Great lens, thanks for sharing!!

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @Gypzeerose: Glad you came back and thanks for Digg-ing us. A sock for every shoe. funny, I've never heard that one before. ;-) Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Back to watch this fun lens and submit it to digg. I love the captions. I watched the videos with amusement. I really don't see the appeal of the Sphinx, I guess there is a sock for every shoe.

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Two of our cats take to baths pretty well. Haven't had to bathe the newest one yet. We have had cats in the past that didn't like getting wet under any condition. Interesting how they all react differently. BTW, like your advice on skunk spray removal.

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @nonaweeks: LOL. I sleep with one eye open whenever I've just had to bathe a cat. ;-)

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      Nona Weeks 4 years ago from Florissant, CO

      I used to have a cat that would sit in the shower with me. She is no longer with me, but there is no way I would bathe my cats now. They would probably kill me in my sleep :-)

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      loveanime22 4 years ago

      my cats don't love bath

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      OMG funny cat photos! I had a cat once that loved jumping in the shower and loved baths..

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @EdmondHoggeJr: Thanks, Edmond. I love cats -- bet you could tell -- so it was fun putting thie lens together. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      EdmondHoggeJr 4 years ago

      LOL to darn funny and great Lens!

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @maryLuu: How adorable that Kitty Boo asked for a bath. I'm sorry she is gone. My cats are members of my family too so I understand. Thank you for the visit. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      I had a cat that used to ask for baths. When she was standing in the sink I knew she wanted a bath. She was very smart And I am saying she and not it because she was a family member. Until she died. Your lens remind me of my Kitty Boo

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      AbsoluteDrainingAndPlumbing 4 years ago

      Love this! If after you've bathed your cat you find you've got a clogged drain you can

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @DonnaMarie2: Thanks for the kudos. Lucky you: not having to give a cat a bath yet. BTW, wearing long sleeves that you don't mind getting wet is a good idea. You may not believe this, but some cats get crazy and you could get scratched. (is there an emoticon for tongue-in-cheek?) lol. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      DonnaMarie2 4 years ago

      Great Lens! First I've got to say this has got to be the most amusing, yet informative article written on this subject ever. LOVE the pictures! And it's really cool that you did it all to benefit a great cause.

      And, no, have never had the pleasure of having to have given my cats a bath, thankfully. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We have four cats in our home, so this was a very helpful lens for me. We rarely bathe our cats (it is usually when they have some type of problem). The next time we do, I'll follow all of the advice you lay out here. Thanks for sharing this lens with all of us.

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      greatgifts4u 5 years ago

      I actually never tried bathing my cat. Awesome lens!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Never bathed a cat, but these pics are pretty funny!

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      potovanja 5 years ago

      nk you Frankster, you have many great lenses about animals. Thank you for share with us...

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @Celticep: I understand totally. You could give her a semi-bath by using just a warm wet washcloth with no shampoo just in the area that needs it most. Dry her with a towel warmed in the microwave (in advance). Do a different area every day so you clean all she needs but it's not too tramatic for her. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      Hilarious. You made my day :-)

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      My very old cat really needs a bath but I'm too nervous to do it in case she gets too upset by it. Great info though, thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great tips! I haven't had to bathe my kitties yet, but this will help.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      I have an orange tabby that has characteristics of a human and dog, lol. I have not given him a bath in awhile, but thanks for the tips I am going to give him a bath soon!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @collegedad: LOL I understand. Hopefully you'll never have a cat that gets into something that they can't lick off themselves.

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      collegedad 5 years ago

      Been there done that..........won't do it again!

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      poorwendy lm 5 years ago

      I tried bathing my cat 5 years ago. She shredded my arms. That was the last time I tried it.

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      GeniePark 5 years ago

      Our can doesn't hate water, but she hates to be shampooed. Great lens btw.

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      Erebos411 5 years ago

      Great fun lens. I guess I've been lucky with my cats because I've never had any problems with washing them. I started a bathing routine early on when they were kittens and I would wash them every few months. However, there is nothing funnier than a wet cat!

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      Barbara 5 years ago from USA

      This lens was so much fun! I've had many cats over the years and thankfully never had to bathe any of them. Doesn't look like a lot of fun. Angel Blessed!

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      winter aconite 5 years ago

      Those pictures are so funny. One of my cats loves water and comes back soaked quite often after a swim in my neighbors pond.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      I am laughing out loud at these pictures of cats in the bath. I've been there, too, bathing many cats over the years, and they looked just like that!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @Gypzeerose: Why thank you!

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      I only bathe my cats if they can't clean themselves or if what is on them would be dangerous for them to clean off. My little cat got out of the house without me seeing and then hid under my car which had an oil leak. She was a mess. She had to have a bath whether she wanted one or not. She was so distressed by it all. Thanks for the helpful hints. It's really not a very easy thing to give a cat a bath.

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      Debi Jones 5 years ago from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

      Great info and fun to explore! I sure hope we never have to give our 2 cats a bath!

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      Anna2of5 5 years ago

      I had one cat that didn't mind too much, but he was a very good cat all around and very happy to be living with us. He died many years ago. "Groucho" was his name, as he had a black spot under his nose that looked like a moustache.

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      futureme lm 5 years ago

      These cats all seem remarkably placid. I'm sure my cats would make a good account of themselves if I tried it. I have to hope that never happens. Thanks for an entertaining lens.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      My cat doesn't love them :) Blessed!

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      mouse1996 lm 5 years ago

      My cat would kill me if I tried to bathe her. Very informative information here, but I don't think are the calmness and preparation in the world would keep us safe. LOL!

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      One of my persians and my scottish fold love taking a bath but I wouldn't even attempt to bath some of them. Great lens and loved the pictures and video's!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      My cats hate taking a bath, and I hate giving them a bath. So we're even.

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      shotwellphoto 5 years ago

      My cat doesn't mind baths.

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Talking gently does NOT work. I have the scars to prove it. Working fast helps. Fun and informative lens.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      One of the best and most enjoyable lenses I have read in my time here on Squidoo - pinned to my cat board and digged - Squidoo Angel Blessed and added to my own lens "Squidoo Lenses I wish I'd Written."

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      BeadCatz 5 years ago

      I love this lens. Some great tips.

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      A great way to give cat bath advice, a lot of fun to be had on this lens.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I don't have a cat, but I have sincere sympathy for all those cat owners who have to tackle a job like this! You have done them a great service. :)

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      When my sons were young, we had a calico named "Miss Kitty". I remember having to bath "Miss Kitty" and she was not very happy about it at all. She became a ball of slippery fur and needles. A soft wet hand towel around her helped.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      My cat loves to play with water. She's only had one flea bath when she was rescued as a kitty and she purred.

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      charles frazer 5 years ago

      Well my two if I even tried I'ld bleed to death from the scratches. Nice information though Great lens

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      NoobWriter LM 5 years ago

      Poor Cats :D

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      Barbara2659 5 years ago

      These pics are a hoot!

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      PaigSr 5 years ago from State of Confussion

      To be honost my aunt had a cat that if you didn't close the door you would have a guest in the tub.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Such a funny lens :) Love it!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I liked this lens, but I wouldn't even think of bathing a cat. I remember my first grandchild putting a little kitten in the toilet bowl, that was many years ago and I have never forgotten it. Thanks for sharing those photos, but I am sure I will never do that to a cat. Blessed..

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      Cats are hilarious!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @MarcStorm LM: Your welcome!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @Franksterk: Glad i could help. I think our cats and us would have stayed smelling of skunk if not lol If you hadn't responded to my comment, about the peroxide, it would have probably went unnoticed. Thanks.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @MarcStorm LM: OMG! One line was missing from the recipe. It is now corrected, but it should have read:

      4 cups hydrogen peroxide

      1 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

      1 teaspoon liquid soap or dish detergent

      So sorry. Thank you for catching the error and letting me know. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      @Franksterk: When you say peroxide, you mean one of the ingredients to use for cleaning is peroxide or the skunks spraying has peroxide in it. Because the part you wrote about the skunk shampoo has no mention of peroxide in the self made shampoo? It only says baking soda & dish detergent or liquid soap......

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @MarcStorm LM: The skunk shampoo works great. The only thing is if you have a black cat, like my friend Janet, because of the peroxide, Bootsy went around with brown hair for about 6 months. lol It looked pretty cool though. It also works well on clothing. Have done that too.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      Great lens! Hopefully some peoples cats will have a better experience without that faucet being loud, the echo of the bathroom and the sheer panic of it all. Thanks for the skunk cleaner idea, i wonder how good it works on cats & humans.

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I only bathe in emergency and when they come home for the first time. I have not met a cat who likes baths that involve a tub or sink. Had fun adding captions!

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      gradientcat 5 years ago

      I haven't even tried, I doubt that it would be popular. Informative lens, well done!

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      resumeformat 5 years ago

      I wouldn't be able to get my caat near a bath! Jolly funny!

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      Oosquid 5 years ago

      It's a brave soul that bathes a cat :0) Sometimes it just has to be done and your information can prove most useful.

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      LivRiley LM 5 years ago

      Poor little cuties...they look terrified.

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      Fiona Carroll 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Such funny pix and helpful advice! Love your work. My fat Persian cat however, would not. He needs a bath from time to time and dopey as he is, he knows when it's Thanks for a great read.

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      themeanviolets 5 years ago

      this is the best lens I've seen all day. Had me and my daughter laughing.... I think even my dog let out a giggle. Fabulous.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      She doesn't "love" them, but she doesn't mind them anymore. Very informative lens!

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      bwet 5 years ago

      Loll.. i find this lens really funny somehow :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh these poor poor cats. Our cat hates us after he gets a bath, but is fine when his next feeding comes around.

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      Parfumi_sLOVEnia 5 years ago

      Cute! Love the lens :))

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      richman2553 5 years ago

      I like this your post.


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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I once gave a bath to a one-pound kitten. It was an experience that I'll never forget.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      OMG, I totally loved this!

      Sprinkled with Angel Dust!

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      love those cute!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I once had a neutered male cat, Petey, who begged to come into the shower stall with me. He enjoyed getting sprayed with warm water. When he'd had enough, he knew how to push open the magnetic latch door and let himself out. One morning he repeated the routine THREE times. Quite a character...

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      drozer 5 years ago

      Wow chucked full of valuable information. Well done.

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      kristine100 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I have never had the need to bathe one of my cats - thank goodness for that!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens, Thanks for the information....

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      SongDog 5 years ago

      Fabulous lens on a very tricky subject! I have a special needs cat who must have a partial bath every day. Also, I've worked in the veterinary field for 10 years and have even seen some professional groomers balk at bathing cats! Thanks for compiling all this great advice and doing it in such a humorous way!

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      JohannaBaker 5 years ago

      Great lens! My cat Elmo is now in his 15th year and he is an angel to bathe..not that he used to be but I would always speak softly to him, and make sure I had everything ready before hand and gave him a cuddle in a dry towel after until his growling told me he has really had enough of my attentions, lol! Now he sits in the bath still with me holding him, but he doesn't struggle and wail now...

      Good advice, I do that and I can confirm that it works incredibly well!

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      OUTSTANDING! This information is very helpful, and much appreciated for all who love their kitties. Thank you for sharing.

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      Lynnzee 5 years ago

      I have 5 cats. The one I thought would be the the terror to bathe, was the only sweetheart of the bunch . She really enjoyed it. The one I thought would be real easy to bathe nearly tore me up! You just never know! I have a gentle way about me but that did very little to soothe them. Bath time has not been fun therefore it does not happen very often.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Our cats do NOT love baths, but we've learned to follow the same steps you recommend when they do need bathing. Our older male cat is more likely to hold still for the indignity, howling only a few times at the outset. Our younger cat, well, she'd fly if possible to escape the bath. It's definitely a two-person task to bathe a cat. The treats afterward to seem to entice forgiveness, until the next time ...

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      JanezKranjski 5 years ago

      None of my cats liked to take bath. It was always a big battle for me and them.

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I love those photos of bathing cats. I am one person who tought Tomato juice was the way to get ride of skunk odor. I know better now. I love cats!

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Hahaha... I never knew you can bath a cat. Love the photos... hilarious!

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      ErnestBoehm 5 years ago

      I like the page

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      navalava lm 5 years ago

      Haha, great pictures. Original idea. Geat work!

      It seems, bathing a cat is a lot worse job that bathing a bunny. :)

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      Love_Cats 5 years ago

      lol The funnest pictures of cats I have seen in ages a great lens I laughed for ages. When I finally stop I might get around to being able to read it. I could just imagine my cat being bathed p no chance she goes nuts if she dips a paw in the water!