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How To Bathe a Cat

Updated on August 14, 2013

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 30 years of practice, I can help you avoid these 3 things if you follow the advice in this lens. 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 join in on the caption contests. 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:

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline
(888) 426-4435
For any animal poison-related emergency.
24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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.

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

SKUNK SHAMPOO

Mix together and use immediately:

4 cups hydrogen peroxide

1 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

1 teaspoon liquid soap or dish detergent

PREPARATION:

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.

THE BATH:

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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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Hilarious and well written Five Stars and a Fav.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Oh my. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time! Great photos!

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      What a lovely lens! I love cat is my lens called. I will lensroll you to it! Thank you!

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      These are SO funny!

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      Oosquid 7 years ago

      Oh my, bathing a cat is not a job to be taken lightly! Your tips should come in very, very handy. Great lens, 5 stars.

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      GREAT Photos! Poor kitties!

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      GypsyPirate LM 7 years ago

      lol - My cats did not like this lens nearly as much as I did.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      That hairless cat in the video doesn't seem to mind taking a bath at all. I remember bath time was pretty traumatic for my Mom's cats, so it was only when-necessary occurrence. Great work on this caption lens, one of the best I've seen! Squid Angel blessed!

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Nice lens. Luckily our cat stays pretty clean. Once in a while, I wipe her off with a pretty damp paper towel.

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      Vladimir 7 years ago from Australia

      What were those people thinking to torture a cat in that way? That poor chap hanging on to the taps in the first photo broke my heart. Thank heavens you explain the way to bathe a cat, I only hope that the ignorant people will read how to do it. Personally, I enjoy my bath time, the woman who feeds me must have read your lens before.

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      Poor babies!

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      dahlia369 7 years ago

      These photos are priceless - I don't think they were easy to take. Really funny lens!! :)

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      OMG! too funny!

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      Tammy Winand 7 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      bwahahahaha OMG those pics are hilarious! I have bathed some cats easily while other baths have been torture tests (for me AND the cat).

      Linking you to Communicating with Cats

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      Teddi14 LM 7 years ago

      This lens is GREAT. I have given many baths to my cats over the years and I have seen many crazy looks out of them just like in the pictures. 5*'s for sure!

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      What fun! I adore cats, and you've got some fabulous photos!

      (blessed)

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      Janet1 7 years ago

      Funny and also very informative. Thanks. I'll bookmark this page for when I have to bathe my cat again.

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      daoine lm 7 years ago

      Oh this lens made me laugh so much! I've had two of my cats accidentally land in the bath with me due to curiosity (one jumped in, not knowing there was wetness inside, and the other slipped while showing off on the rim of the bath). The third cat loves to climb in the bath when it's dry as it is nice and cool.

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      Superwife 7 years ago

      total riot! super cool lens, completely entertaining and very informative! :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Oh my gosh, these photos are hilarious! And a bit pathetic at the same time. :) I had two cats for 18 years apiece, and I must admit, I never attempted to bathe either one. Then again, they never really seemed to need it. And if they had .... hm. Well, I would have made my husband do the deed.

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      religions7 7 years ago

      Great lens. Blessed and featured on my Summerschool lensography. https://hubpages.com/community/summerschool-2

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      omg! this is hilarious, 5*

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      NKenge 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. I adore cats even when they look like these pictured. 5***** (~_~)

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      Slothlover LM 7 years ago

      This is soooooo funny! Made me smile. I loved all the hilarious caption contests! Thanks for joining my group Best Pet Info! :)

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      Janet1 7 years ago

      I can vouch for the skunk removal shampoo. My Bootsy just had a run in with a skunk and I guess lost. Anyway, I tried your recipe and it worked! Thank you for sharing.

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      [in reply to Janet1] Thanks Janet. BTW, Janet is a friend of mine. She called me last week saying Bootsy had been skunked and what would get rid of it. I gave her the info I shared above but at the time I didn't have 1st hand knowledge that it would work. Now I do so I added the module to cover it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This lens is AWESOME - SO Funny!!! One of the best I have seen :-)

      Congrats on Summer School Graduation!

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      kezan98 lm 7 years ago

      Thanks for joining the Cat Party Group, We've given you a top rating for this cat lens

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What dreadfully cruel photos. What were those people thinking?

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      [in reply to susannaduffy] Susanna, I don't think they were meant to be cruel. Hopefully the cats were bathed because they needed it (skunk spray, oil, etc.). And the photos taken as an afterthought and the cats were dried and cuddled a bunch afterward. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      In this lens you explain clearly how NOT to bathe a cat. Most of the photos are from people who don't have the good sense to treat a cat with respect. I love the photo of the Siamese in the hand basin. Now, there's a well treated moggy!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      This was so funny. The images are great. We give our cats baths when necessary. They hate it. However, years ago I had two Siamese and they loved water. Anything filled with water and they were in.

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      FlynntheCat1 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

      Oh, your 'Entirely Pets' banner is missing and you have a small typo in the 'tomato juice' sentence. Also you've been blessed >.>

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      [in reply to Flynn_the_Cat] Thanks for the kudos. The banner shows up fine for me and the link works so I don't know what to say. I fixed the typo. Thanks for letting me know. And a big bear hug for the Angel blessing! Frankie

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      admiralglass lm 7 years ago

      What a great lens,and just love your pics:)

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      My cat hates water in any form so when I want him bathed he ends up going to the groomer. He even freaks if you accidentally drip water on him! Loved your lens, 5*****

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      Janet1 7 years ago

      I had to use the skunk shampoo recipe and it worked like a charm. My poor Bootsy is now a very brown cat but she's still beautiful. Thanks!

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I love love love this lens! I once made the novice mistake of leaving the water running while bathing our kitty - the result? Painful scratches on my forearm - so it's indeed a no-no. Bookmarking this for future reference. (:

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I loved this lens so much that I came back and *blessed* it (now that I am able to!). (:

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      Alexzzz 7 years ago

      enjoyed this lens to bits

      thank you so much, Frankster. it's absolutely captivating reading and viewing

      three cheers ;-)

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      This reminds me of my first and only encounter with trying to give a cat a bath. My friend and I when we were 4 years old thought my cat needed a bath. She didn't like it!!! Great lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, I have never attempted to give a cat a bath. Very useful information if I ever get brave enough. Those photos are too funny! Lensrolling to Squidoo Pets and Squidoo Pets Two and Pet Talk.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Only attempt to bathe a cat if absolutely necessary. Had to once, got him in the bathroom, closed the door, got him in the bath, had to hold him so tight in the water I eventually noticed I was drowning the poor thing, dried him, opened the door to let him out and his sister was sitting there, she attacked him since he didn't smell the same. Poor thing ended up sitting under the dining room table. As I said only if absolutely necessary. Thanks for the fun lens.

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      HorseAndPony LM 6 years ago

      I'm back for a visit. This is such a great lens. Many years ago I had two cats that loved a good bath. The two cats I have now hate it. I love the images and the videos. Blessed by The HorseAndPony Angel. http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      @HorseAndPony LM: Thank you for visiting again and for posting a note on Facebook about it. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      This is a terrific lens! Unfortunately, we lost our own Kitty almost 2 years ago (and miss her terribly). I so wish I had seen this lens when we had her - this excellent information would have come in VERY handy! A big "thumbs up" to you, Frankster! Nice job!

      :) Kath

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh dear, memories of my failed attempt at giving one of our cats a bath! Next time (if absolutely necessary) I'll follow your advice.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Oh, me, the poor cats! But I do have to admit, the photos are pretty funny! Thanks for the tips on cat bathing! We did have to give our cat a bath once - and it wasn't a fun experience for either of us!

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      A must-read for anybody who might have to bath a cat. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      @Stazjia: Thank you for the blessing. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      It has been a long, long time since I have had a cat, but I do remember with horror trying to bath them for various reasons. Its even impossible to give them medicine.

      Great lens and some of the best pictures I have seen.

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      Karicor 6 years ago

      I used to have a water loving kitten once. He'd jump on the sink every time the water was running and put his paws under. After someone took a shower he jumped in and tried to catch the drops from the shower head. When I was taking a bath in the tub he jumped in and lay on my tummy. That was way before YouTube though (or even the Internet) and I don't think we have any pictures of it, sadly. Awesome lens, Frankie!

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      @Karicor: I would have loved to see that. I have a couple of cats that will walk around the tub but heaven forbid they fall in! lol Thanks for visiting my lens. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great website full of handy tips for bathing cats! thanks!!

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      kathysmith lm 6 years ago

      Helpful and funny... I will share with my friends that have cats! I laughed at all of the creative captions. This is a purr-fect lens :-)

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      petsandvets 6 years ago

      Love the cat that's enjoying it. Why can't they all be like that?!

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      TheMonsterToySh1 6 years ago

      Wish my cat's were like that last one.. lol

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      lovelylashes 6 years ago

      I've showered my cat with the sprayer and he likes it better than being dunked into the bath.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      @lovelylashes: I have a couple of cats that like the sprayer too and it works well for them. Most people just don't know how to use a sprayer well enough so I tend not to recommend it. They have it on too high, they don't use it long enough and many end up spraying the cats face and eyes and the cat freaks.

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      chabaum 6 years ago

      I picked up a couple cats today, only one will let me hold her and she feels like she has dirt everywhere, you know how a dog is when they haven't had a bath in a while and you get that stuff on your hands? That's what it is....she smells like dirt to. I have never bathed a cat before, she seems sweet and is declawed in the front, any suggestions?

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      @chabaum: First, I am sorry to hear that the cat was declawed and hope that you are aware that s/he should be kept indoors only for her safety.

      Now, about a bath. You need to have someone else help you, preferably someone who knows how to scruff a cat (hold it behind its neck like the momma cat would. They need to place their other hand under her bottom otherwise a cat hanging can be too heavy on its body and hurt it.

      Before they scruff the cat, get everything prepared as I mention above. If they are scruffing her right, the cat is pretty immobilized and can be washed. Make sure afterward to reward her with a treat.

      Let me know how it goes. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ohhhhh I remember some semi-traumatic baths with my cats. In fact, someone once told me they keep trying to give their cat a bath but they kept getting fur all over their tongue...

      Thanks for the tips, you crazy cat person you. :)

      https://hubpages.com/community/monsterboards-crazy...

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Poor kitties....they have my sympathy...lol

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      I always wanted to know how to do this! Never had the nerve and owned lots of cats. Nice lens.

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      magicgeniewishl 6 years ago

      Great lens, I took mine in the shower with me when he was little. I just pinned him down and there was no-where to run! He was ok with that until I let go of him :)

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      LOL at those videos and pics of wet cats. I once had to bath my cat because we lived in an apartment and I was worried about fleas. But he took it rather well except for the day he escaped and raced across the corridor, through the neighbours flat and tried to hide under their bed. Never had to bath a cat since. Great lens and featured on Star

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      seems like the same fights i have with my lil girl to get her bathed:-)

      sweet pictures

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      DogToys LM 6 years ago

      Not the easiest task!

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      ColorPetGifts 6 years ago

      Too cute- very useful lens with a lot of humor- loved it, thanks! Squid Angel blessed -:)

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Lucky Leprechaun Angel Blessings!

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      EveStock 6 years ago

      LOL)))))) this lens made my day))))

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      My cat used to hate baths!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Very cool lens - lots of gret pics. I am not brave enough to try to give mine a bath!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Although my own Kitty is no longer with us, she DESPISED having a bath. She was beautiful - a white furball (and when I say "ball" ... well, let's just say that we spoiled her a bit too much!). :) This is a great lens. As helpful as it is entertaining. You did a great job of balancing the education content w/ the humor (although I'm guessing that the kitty models were not finding humor in their situations! lol!)

      :) Kath

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      I don't think you should bathe your cat. Because majority of the cats don't like it and actually they clean themselves. But probably if your cat smells bad and dirty, that's the time to bathe your cat.

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      heehaw lm 5 years ago

      yup, she does , i normally uses lukewarm water and pour on top of my cat's body using my hand bit by bit , then rubs slowly with a wet soak cloth , and shampoo my cat , next i dry my cat with a dry cloth and use hair dryer at a low speed and after the furs begin to dryoff , i will leave my cat under the morning sun which they normally enjoys

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      The pictures are just so funny and adorable. I've never seen a cat having so much fun with water, she is like having a great time in a bathtub, so cute! I know someone who is having a hard time giving her cat a bath and I think she will love this! Very helpful and beautiful lens.

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      SilvaraWilde 5 years ago

      Both of mine hate being bathed. They're almost 9, and I started bathing them at 4 months just in case I ever had to when they got older. I've had to a few times over the years, and they both let me, but Kaylynn will sit in the bathtub and scream at the top of her lungs like I'm killing her. She even moves around until she finds the best echo, and then sits facing that way. This has not made us very popular when I used to live in an apartment!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Just did a lens about our cat that died at 20 years old. Thought I would check out some other cat lenses. Nice topic.

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      cinstress 5 years ago

      great pictures! Only had to bath a cat once in my life. That was enough. Although we had cats that liked to drink from the bathtub once

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      pramodbisht 5 years ago

      great pictures, vee\ry fuuny too

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      ellagis 5 years ago

      I think my cat likes water, she likes to drink from my hands with running water! Great lens, full of useful suggestions. I especially apprecciate the section that helps people to understand if their cat needs a bath or not. Like you said, most of times cats don´t need baths!

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      Linda Hoxie 5 years ago from Idaho

      Oh my goodness those photos are hilarious!

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      Ben Reed 5 years ago

      Just love these photo's...so funny...

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      Addy Bell 5 years ago

      We had to flea-dip Piglet when she came home, and she purred the entire time. At one point I *tried* to bathe CC because she had gotten a spot of what looked like motor oil on her back. The experience taught me that holding onto a cat that doesn't want to be held is nigh impossible. She left puncture wounds on my neck, scalp, and ears as she politely escaped from the situation. I realized that she was more than capable of ripping off my face, she was simply choosing not to do so.

      Fortunately, when I described the oil spot to the vet, he said it was too small to really cause problems. Since she's now 17 years old and still healthy and active, he appears to have been right.

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      I had a cat 10 years ago who loved baths. She come and lie on my stomach when I had a soak and would purr and purr and purr. When we were done, she'd go lie on her towel and wait for me to wrap her up and hold her until she was dry. I didn't have her for long, but she sure was memorable! (the photos in this lens are too funny!)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hilarious images! I've tried to bathe a cat by myself before - unsucessfully - you definitely need another 2 hands helping.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The cats of the world send their, 'purrfect bath' compliments to you for your stress free bathing methods! Very sensitively done to relieve all of these traumatic times.

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      tandemonimom lm 5 years ago

      I've never tried bathing a cat, I admit. Great lens, love the caption contests!

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      NAIZA LM 5 years ago

      I totally love cats and bathing them is really what a hassle every time it struggles.. I enjoyed the cat photo captions.. and I can just imagine how my cats are feeling every time. Terrific lens!

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      None of my cats liked getting a bath. Romeo hasn't had a bath yet and hopefully I won't have to give him one. Fun cat bath photos!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We need to bathe our rather large feline right away and are wondering if anyone has any tips for washing a big fella. He had an accident that has resulted in some mess in his fur, so I'm hoping we can manage a spot cleaning of some kind!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: I've had to bathe the rear end of a very large cats several times for the same reason. You do need another person to help. You can wrap a towel around the front legs and body, leaving the rear end and legs exposed. The put warm, soapy water in a tub or bowl in the sink, and use a cup to pour the water over him and a rag to get the stuff out. When you are done, put warm water in the bowl and rinse him off using a cup. Dry him good with several towels. Make sure to talk to him while you bathe him, and when you are done, give him a treat and keep him warm.

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      LOL!!! great pix and captions, love this Lens;)

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      Kylyssa Shay 5 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I used to have a cat who loved baths. He was of Siamese extraction. Thank you for these great tips for bathing cats. "Blessed" by a Labor Day SquidAngel.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I've never given a cat a bath. It looks like a tough job in most instances. This is a wonderful lens. I am not surprised it has won the purple star award.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Our cats do not like baths, but I'm glad to have your skunk shampoo recipe on file -- just in case. We've had a few close calls this summer.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great information here! My cat doesn't hate baths but doesn't love them either. I use the bath wipes and she seems to like that and they really do remove dirt and oil.

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      annaovd 5 years ago

      my cat hates baths it scratches, nites, and moews loudly, then it looks like a skeleton lol great lens!

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      the-good-stuff 5 years ago

      I've really enjoyed this lens with all the cute cat pictures!

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      aardvarkapparel 5 years ago

      my arms have many scars from bathing cats!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I never tried but it's good to know there's a less stressful way to bathe a cat.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      My first thought: put on a suit of chain mail...

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @JoshK47: LOL Chain mail might work. I just had to bathe a large cat in my FIV Cat Rescue, Harley. He is so big that he can't clean himself and so stuff sticks to his long hair in the worse place. lol I actually had 2 friends help me because I also had to shave him. Lots of fun.

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      Hana4 5 years ago

      God no, my cats hate water almost as much as they hate having no food :)

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      brucem77 5 years ago

      Thanks for a very informative post

      Caring for cats

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      Julianne Gentile 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      No, my cats hate baths!

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      AsFarAsTheEagleFlies 5 years ago

      Haha! No one has a cat like me!

      My cats practically love baths

      I have two cats, one Maine Coon and a Turkish Van, handpicked by none but me

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      Tarra99 5 years ago

      poor kitties...they all look positively miserable!

      p.s. thank you for blessing my LOTD "bottlecap pendant" lens...I sincerely appreciate it!

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Gosh, I didn't even know you could bath a cat! Really glad I never had to bath mine.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      OMG! You have such great photos! By the way, my cats hate baths.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Unfortunately some of those "how not to's" were my early cat bathing days. Guess you learn by experience.

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      My wife tried to bath our main coon once. I guess it finally ended up with all four of his feet painfully clamped onto her head...and no bath. Lol

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      Lemming13 5 years ago

      My cat, who was huge and psychotic, was best friends with a pig in the local park and one day fell into her pen; obviously the stuff he had all over him was extremely nasty and he could never have washed it off himself. It took three adults to hold and bath him, and all of us wound up needing serious bandaging, but he did wind up clean. Then he went outside and hunted water rats in a drainage ditch... Great lens, very funny and very informative, blessing this.

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      niicki 5 years ago

      My cat does not love baths, but unfortunately there was a point at which she was not bathing her behind, and needed one badly. I didn't follow these steps exactly, but I believe at the end of it she was calm and over her momentary trauma. Next time I need to do it, I'm totally coming back for instructions!

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      MIchelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      We had a curious kitten that stepped into the basin of motor oil a neighbor had just drained from his truck. He was covered. It took 4 baths in Dawn to get it all off. The kitten was fine through all of it. A few months later, when he got into something else, we figured he would be easy to bathe, that he would be used to it...NOT!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh please do a tshirt at threadless.com! I want one with that very first pic. I think it speaks for how we all feel these days. Hopefully your design will get selected and you will make tons of money for your kitties!

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      myamya 5 years ago

      funny lens! :D thumbs up

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      I had a cat once who loved the water. She'd come lie on my tummy in the bath, keeping head above the water, and she'd purr if I scooped water in my hands and gently poured it over her back. My other cats, though, don't like the water and have never been bathed.

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      megabu717 5 years ago

      Awesome pictures! Great lens.

      I just recently gave a shower to my neighborâs cat accidentally. It was sitting outside under the pipe from where the cold water came out and I heard the laud grrrrr meow, thatâs how I came to know that the cat was there. Before I read your lens I had been convinced that the cats do not take bath. Thanks.

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      Sara Krentz 5 years ago from USA

      None of my cats ever liked baths. (I was owned by one who liked to go for car rides though). Great lens!

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      MariaDSk 5 years ago

      For the skunk spray shampoo idea... surely if your cat is one that tries to demolish the whole house during bath time in an attempt to escape then hydrogen peroxide is rather dangerous for it? If it doesn't sit still it could get into its eyes, mouth, earths :/

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @MariaDSk: Thank you so much for reminding me of 3 other items I should have -- and now have -- put on the recipe: 1) put cotton balls in cats ears, 2) put drop of olive oil in cats eyes to prevent irritation 3) wear clothes to protect your hands. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      MariaDSk 5 years ago

      @Franksterk: No problem at all :). I just remembered my own "experience" with peroxide... not so pleasant. Otherwise love the article , though doubt would help my grandmas cat. The thing in an attempt to escape managed to climb, claws and all, all over my mums back who was holding her .

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      imaginemdd lm 5 years ago

      When my cat was in his twenties, I had to bathe him and he seemed to appreciate it, but you did have to be gentle and aware of how you were doing it. Good page on bathing cats.

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      This is way too funny. I don't have cats but always enjoy watching pics, especially when they give me a giggle.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Such a cute and informative lens... Love the bit about how to bathe skunk off of a cat. We have quite a few skunks in our neighbourhood, and there are usually at least one dog each week with it (I have a cat, so it is nice to know in my case as well).

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Hilarious photos! Funny! Our cat happened to love water, so there never was a problem. Enjoyed your lens!

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for making a lens on this; I thought my family was the only family that ever had to wash a cat. Actually cats - 20+, all rescues. A 'first bath' is essential to exterminate all the fleas - if only because the water and shampoo drive them from their hiding places allowing them to be abolished. (Down with fleas!) We usually use the kitchen sink, which has the advantage of curtains which the cat can 'claw' (rather than us) whilst being washed. And a GIGANTIC TOWEL is a must afterwards, large enough to wrap their tail too. Otherwise the water drips down their tail and everywhere. Cats are great, and they're still great even though they hate being washed. But they nearly always forgive you afterwards, or if not immediately the next day. Love the cat-bathing-pics! Thanks!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      One of my old cats looked like a bowling ball on toothpicks when she got wet - but these cats are even funnier! Great lens, and very sound advice!

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      Pmona LM 5 years ago

      Calming music would not have been heard over the amount of noise my cats made while being bathed. Enjoyed this lens.

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      Heather Bradford 5 years ago from Canada

      A very well written and useful lens! Entertaining and educational. We always bathed our cats when I was younger. My mum did it regularly from when they were kittens and although they didn't like it they didn't fuss too much. My cat is a rescue cat and already full grown when I got her. I can't imagine putting her personality anywhere near water!! ;-)

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      Heather Bradford 5 years ago from Canada

      @TravelingRae: Rae your comment is delightful and almost beyond belief except we too owned a cat who loved water. He would lay on the side of the bathtub and paddle his paws in it when my dad bathed each night. When it rained he would go out to play by walking up and down the drain way in the run off. Big smiles here. Thanks for bringing up those special memories.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Funny lens. My friend had a joke on how to best give a cat a bath: Put some shampoo in the toilet bowl, place cat in toilet, close lid, flush. Good for a joke but never to actually be done in real life!

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Just HAD to come back and bless now that I've earned my wings! :)

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I never know that cat like to be bath. This lens is really awesome and really input me more information on cats.

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      Dimplefree 5 years ago

      Ha! You should try bathing a ferret, I've still got the scars.

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      TheHealthCabin 5 years ago

      Great, informative and funny lens, Thank you.

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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!

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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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      ErnestBoehm 5 years ago

      I like the page

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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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      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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      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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      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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      GrannyAlice 5 years ago

      wonderful!

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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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      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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      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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      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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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens, Thanks for the information....

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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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      drozer 5 years ago

      Wow chucked full of valuable information. Well done.

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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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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      love those cats..so cute!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      OMG, I totally loved this!

      Sprinkled with Angel Dust!

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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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      richman2553 5 years ago

      I like this your post.

      Thanks.

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      Parfumi_sLOVEnia 5 years ago

      Cute! Love the lens :))

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      anonymous 4 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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      bwet 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      themeanviolets 4 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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      Fiona Carroll 4 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 coming....lol. Thanks for a great read.

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      LivRiley LM 4 years ago

      Poor little cuties...they look terrified.

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      Oosquid 4 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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      resumeformat 4 years ago

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

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

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

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      Moe Wood 4 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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      MarcStorm LM 4 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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      Frankie Kangas 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago from California

      @MarcStorm LM: Your welcome!

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      NC Shepherd 4 years ago

      Cats are hilarious!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 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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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Such a funny lens :) Love it!

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      PaigSr 4 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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      Barbara2659 4 years ago

      These pics are a hoot!

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      NoobWriter LM 4 years ago

      Poor Cats :D

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      charles frazer 4 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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      jlshernandez 4 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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      Nancy Johnson 4 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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      Johanna Eisler 4 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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      xriotdotbiz lm 4 years ago

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

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      BeadCatz 4 years ago

      I love this lens. Some great tips.

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      Rose Jones 4 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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      Barbara Casey 4 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

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

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      shotwellphoto 4 years ago

      My cat doesn't mind baths.

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

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

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      rallo-smith 4 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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      mouse1996 lm 4 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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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      My cat doesn't love them :) Blessed!

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      futureme lm 4 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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      Anna2of5 4 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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      Debi Jones 4 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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      JenaleeMortensen 4 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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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @Gypzeerose: Why thank you!

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      CoeGurl 4 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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      winter aconite 4 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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      Barbara 4 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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      Erebos411 4 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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      GeniePark 4 years ago

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

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      poorwendy lm 4 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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      collegedad 4 years ago

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

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      Frankie Kangas 4 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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      rawwwwwws lm 4 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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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      Celticep 4 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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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Hilarious. You made my day :-)

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      Frankie Kangas 4 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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      potovanja 4 years ago

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

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

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

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      greatgifts4u 4 years ago

      I actually never tried bathing my cat. Awesome lens!

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      Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      @greatgifts4u: Thank you. Everyone should have the experience of bathing their cat. It is a real learning experience. lol Bear hugs, Frankster

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      anonymous 4 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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      EdmondHoggeJr 4 years ago

      LOL to darn funny and great Lens!

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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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      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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      loveanime22 4 years ago

      my cats don't love bath

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

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

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      lingolux 3 years ago

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

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      Susan Zutautas 3 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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      '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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      webgirl256 2 years ago

      Awesome page with good information!

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      Frankie Kangas 2 years ago from California

      @webgirl256: Thank you!

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