Cats for a bath?

Serious ? - This is how my cat looks when he wants something...
@luay673 (153)
United Arab Emirates
April 21, 2007 3:03am CST
Is is ok to bring the cat for a shower/ bath? I have showered my cat at least once a month but he still not get used of the water. But instead, he knows it whenever we bring him to shower. Once I carried him and our way to the bathroom, he starts to scream and wanted to ran away. One time he got a pooh on his legs (excuse me to say that) then i washed him from the bath tub, he wanted to ran away and scratched me on my palm, it was quit deep, that leaves an additional life line on my palm:
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@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I must have some weird cats. The oldest one loved to get baths when she was younger and now she just sits on the edge of the tub when I'm trying to take a bubble bath. The kitten is in love with water. As soon as she hears water turn on in any part of the house she is there playing in it. If I don't watch her, she'll sneak into the bathroom during my bubble bath time and jump into the tub with me. It's hilarious to see and she's having to much fun for to get mad at her for it. Some cats just like the water and others despise it.
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• United States
22 Apr 07
You're pretty lucky. My cat dreads the water, unless she is drinking it!
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
wow it's so weird but anyways it's good. At least she won't scratch u at all :)
@brendalee (6086)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Cats don't normally need to be bathed. They usually keep themselves clean. Cats usually hate water as I am sure you already know. But I have had to give my cats flea baths before and it wasn't any fun. I would suggest only bathing them when absolutely necessary. If there is just some dirt on their leg, then maybe try a wet cloth to wipe it off. But if you must bathe them, try wearing a heavy pair of gloves to protect your hands from those razor sharp claws.
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@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
:( guess so right, maybe if next time i'll think about a lot before i take him to shower...
@maevic (821)
• Bahrain
21 Apr 07
my cat is a turkish van and if you heard about this breed before, they love water. We often catch her playing on the water, like dipping her feet on it or playing on the dripping water...we took her a bath at least once a month...i don't know but i feel that cat should take a bath at least once every 3 months. They clean themselves but it's not enough esp if they sleep with you and you allow them to go outside...
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
thanks for the infor, i dont know about turkish van. My other concern of putting my cat to shower is that he sleeps with us too in our bed. Once we close the tv, lights and no more sounds, directly he'll jump into our bed and sleeps on the pillow.
• Philippines
22 Apr 07
getting cats to take a bath is really hard. i have 2 female cats and when i give them a bath i have an assitant. ;) there should be someone holding them and someone to wash them coz they will surely scratch you if you are only doing it by yourself... ;)
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
my wife assists me in bringing him to shower. I hold his legs and of course his heads not on my side. But still he's still good coz he just scream and run but he don't bite.
• Philippines
22 Apr 07
that's good! ;)
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
22 Apr 07
Yes, it's ok to give your cat a bath and if you keep doing it on a regular basis your cat will get used to it. I breed and show cats. Cats have to be bathed in order to show them. By keepiing them bathed you cut down on the amount of hair they ingest and decrease the likely hood of them coughing up hairballs in your house -- you will also have less cat hair in your house and on your clothes. I've always found that my kitchen sink is the easiest place to bathe mine. I use the sprayer to wet them down and then to rinse off the shampoo. You can use shampoo made for cats or you can use baby shampoo or even human shampoo. Whatever kind you use, just be sure to get it rinsed out thoroughly. Also use a blowdryer to get the cat thoroughly dryed off before releasing it.
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
hope to watch a cat show, i haven't seen yet. yah right i need to bring a blowdryer so he will get dry quickly. Thanks
@MsTickle (24734)
• Australia
22 Apr 07
I think you should be reported for cruelty. If your cat is screaming he is frightened. If he is defecating involuntarily he is terrified, but you don't care do you? If you think your cat is so dirty, buy a stuffed toy. You don't deserve to own a real live animal.
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
gosh, that so harsh. I dont mean just to make him a toy or something but only the thought of cleaning it that's all...
• United States
21 Apr 07
It's fine to give a cat a bath, but it's not necessary to do it often...nor is it smart. They can get quite edgy and scratch you up in a hurry. Cats clean themselves by licking each day. Additional cleaning is needed sometimes, though, particularly if it gets something on itself. All I can say is, be careful if you decide to bathe it.
@LovingIt (5398)
• United States
22 Apr 07
Just the opposite is true. If you decide to bath your cats, you need to do it often, so that they will be used to it and not be frightened. Cats that get bathed regularly are NOT frightened of water. If one starts bathing a kitten when it's young, it accepts it as a natural part of life. Cats DO get dirty, in spite of the fact that they do groom themselves. They can use help in keeping themselves clean. This is why if you are entering your cat in a cat show, it's a requirement that they have to be bathed.
@rosie_123 (6118)
21 Apr 07
Well, I'm sorry, but I'm not surprised the poor creature scratched you1 Cats are terrified of water - they really fear it, and they should NEVER be put in a shower or bath - it is cruel. They are not like dogs who mostly enjoy swimming and splashing about in water. Cats have their own cleaning mechanism, where they clean themselves quite easdily, and if they are ever ill or injured, and can't do it themselves, then you should just groom them gently with a brush to get the tangles out of their fur. If they feel the need for further "deep" cleaning, they will go out themselves in the fresh rainwater and then clean themselves as they dry.
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
I see,thanks for the information. But i got a prob with the rain coz it only rains here in my place a max or 5x and it's only a drop of rain :(
• India
21 Apr 07
Is is ok to bring the cat for a shower/ bath? Once I carried him and our way to theba throom, he starts towanted to ran away. (excuse me to say that) then i him from the bath tub, it was quit deep,ine on my palm he starts to screamhim from the bath tub.
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
maybe he's drowning that's why he sreams :)
• United States
21 Apr 07
cats can keep themselves clean they hate water and will never take to it I dont recomend trying to bath a cat
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
yah, just love to see him lickin his hair. thanks
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I wash my cats in my kitchen sink about once every couple of months. But Ive been doing it since they were kittens. And they tend to get used to it. But of course they are not happy about. And you should always use cat shampoo. Because they always licking themselves and the soap you use is not good for your cat. And you should always rinse them well.
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
I only use a drop of shampoo and mixed it water. I don't want it to be very bubbly coz i know it will not be easy to keep the cat on the water. and before we scratch each other :)
@r3v3ng3 (484)
• Romania
21 Apr 07
I have a cat and he is 5. I've never showered my cat in 5 years, and he don't have problems with his hair. i never shower my cat because he hate the water and i don't want to make him to suffer. i red in a book that if a cat goes at the competitions then you can to shower him one/ month, but if he not goes, you can not shower him. i think that you must let your cat to make whatever he want and never shower him, because he can clean himself alone . i think that is the best solution for you and your cat.
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
i just got bothered about the color of his hair. When we got him, he was so white and now there are some changes on his hair and i'm thinking maybe he's getting to much dirty. So i thought of bathing him once in a month at least.
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@Calais (10905)
• Australia
21 Apr 07
Cats dont need to bathed unless its a mess as you say and they dont like water. Cats clean themselves with their tongues. Giving them a bath strips the natural oils in their coats that they need for insulation. Also the shampoo you use could harm, if not washed out properly and the cat licks it. They really dont need to be bathed, so its no wonder he scratched you.
@luay673 (153)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Apr 07
but at this time he scratched me, he got a pooh on his legs and hair. That's why i just gave him a quick and legs wash only :(
@Rosepetal (352)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I would be very careful if I were you. I don't think it's a good idea to take your cat in the shower with you. Cat's don't like water. If your cat gets really scared one day and starts freaking out on you while the two of you are in the shower, you might get mauled. He could scar your face, or worse.
22 Apr 07
Moomin - Moomin my lovely cat
If I attempted to bath or shower Moomin, my lovely cat, she would rip me to pieces. Cats do not like water, they never willingly get their fur wet. Cats are quite capable of keeping themselves clean without needing a shower hun.
• Philippines
22 Apr 07
I think It is not wise to shower a cat. Because cats clean themselves. I have cats in the house and they are easy to manage than dogs (I also have a dog). Because if I don't bathe my dog he really gets smelly, but my cats no smell at all. If my cat really gets dirty like a pooh on his leg or something yucky spilled on him I just clean him with a damp cloth on the yucky spot only. I beleive cats have some kind of natural chemical or stuff on their skin and hair which makes them different from dogs. Cats are vain animals they always take their own bath. So I think no need to bathe a cat.
@cikedo (3487)
• United States
22 Apr 07
Domestic cats really don't like being bathed and don't need it for the most part. Cats clean themselves. The only time I ever gave my cat a bath was when he had fleas.
@elisa812 (3034)
• United States
22 Apr 07
I never give our cat a bath since she would go crazy and I don't think they really need to be given baths since they clean themselves off. I've always heard that cats can't stand water. I think it would be cute though to see a cat in the bathtub, hehe.
• United States
22 Apr 07
Yea it's ok to give your cat a shower or bath. I've given mine a baths a lot of times. My one cat pebbles tolerates it but she doesn't really like it. Cubbie doesn't really tolerate it. She likes to fight you while you are trying to bathe her. Some cats like it or get used to it. Others will never like it. It's still ok to bathe them because they need to get that dirt and stuff off their bodies.
@ironstruck (2300)
• Canada
22 Apr 07
sleeping cat... - Just leave me alone.
I think cats want to wash themselves.. They are very clean pets and I have never heard of a cat who really liked the water. No wonder he runs away....