Do you give your cats a bath, before you let them sit on your lap?

United States
September 6, 2007 3:31am CST
Do you wash your cat's paws or tummy before allowing it to sit in your lap, especially, after it's been to the litter box? Everyone knows that cats pick up lots of germs from their litter boxes and I've been wondering, if perhaps, they are depositing those germs onto our floors, clothing and kids. This wasn't a really big concern to me before I had a kid, but now I find myself positively preoccupied by it. Especially, now that she's adopted our small female cat and allows her to sit on her own lap, I am worried that she might pick up germs that are on the cat. Maybe I'm being too over-protective. So, I was wondering, what can be done to reduce the chances that the cat will track hazardous germs out into our homes? Do you think that you should bathe your cat before allowing it to sit in your lap? Do you wash your cat's paws after it visits the litter box? And, if not, do you worry about the germs that they are spreading around your home?
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11 responses
• China
6 Sep 07
i have never had a cat,if i have one,i will not treat it badly.may be i will give it a bath every day,makes it lovely and clean all the time.
• China
7 Sep 07
oh, i say so just want to express my love for it.i am just drawing an analogy.so...can you understand me?
@patels (65)
7 Sep 07
iam sameer 18 years old and i wash my cat once my cat sliped from my hand and fall on the green grass in rainy season the cat skin is coverd with dirty mud so i wash my cat with detergents ,my cat enjoys bathing and my cat is white in coular my friends play with my cat when she is clean
@cblackink (969)
• United States
7 Sep 07
I'm concerned about it to some degree, like I wash my bed linen once a week and keep their litter boxes as clean as possible. I'm certainly not going to wash their paws everytime they want to jump in my lap. That's why God provided me with an immune system. However, if the cat scratches your child, you should put some sort of antibiotic on the scratch, like Neosporin or peroxide. Cats shouldn't be bathed too often, as it will dry their skin out and cause a problem for them. They clean themselves very regularly.
@patels (65)
7 Sep 07
iam sameer from india and iam 18 years old i alsowash my cat allowing it to sit in my lap,especially and every one knows that cat picks up lot of germs from so i wash it with very keen observation and i also enjoy the bath of my cat , she is my best friend and i allways sleep besides my cat, i like my cat ,and i think it is the best animal in this world
@Myrilia (212)
• United States
6 Sep 07
No, I see no reason why you should have to do this. Cats clean themselves! They are normally very neat creatures, always licking themselves clean. Unless, of couse, your cat doesn't clean himself. In that case, I would recommend a visit to your vet, because there may be something wrong.
@beyonce03 (2331)
• Canada
6 Sep 07
I never heard of stories of people being sick because their cats got on them after going to the litter box. So don,t clean their paws and I'M not afraid of the germs. i can say that My cat even kiss me a lot.
@youless (81122)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Sep 07
Cats don't like having a bath. Therefore, I don't want to have a bath for them. Actually cats are very clean. They always clean their bodies by themselves. We don't have to worry about it. I can just let my cat sit on my lap anytime.
@TerryZ (22146)
• United States
6 Sep 07
No thats just silly. But I do wash my 2 cats once a month.They are so clean. And they smell so good. I dont think you should get a cat as pet if your worried that much about the germs.LOL
@smacksman (6078)
6 Sep 07
Poor cat. Bathing a cat too often is not a good thing for the cat. All furry creatures have natural oils in the fur which help keep them waterproof and vermin free. They will replenish the oils but there is a limit as to how often they can do it. Cats are not natural water creatures and so their oils take longer to replenish than say a rat. If you get paranoid about germs then don't have pets and frankly, don't have children. haha
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
6 Sep 07
My neighbour used to have a cat. I never saw her wash the cat. The cat went everywhere including the roof of the house. Interesting enough, it was very good at catching mice in the old house and could always scare the mice with its voice. Sometimes at night it often made scary noise with another cat. It was the moet scary noise I had ever heard. I always felt nervous at this noise as a kid. My parents would tell me not to look at the cats when they were making noise otherwise it would bring bad luck to the one who saw it. Till now I can still remember the cats very well.
@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
6 Sep 07
I've never really thought about washing my cat's paws, or giving her a bath just because she's been in the litter box. If she lays down in the litter box, yes, she gets a bath. She hates it, but it's pretty gross otherwise. Luckily, she only lays down in there when she's sick or when we are on a long trip (she hates the car). My cat actually wipes her own paws on her carpet when she finishes using the bathroom. She has two houses that her litter boxes are kept in, to keep the dogs out. They both have carpet in them. At the old house, the only room that had carpet in it was Elliott's, so maybe she started doing it because that was the only carpet she had access to, in her houses. Anyway, when she gets done in the litter box, she steps out and rubs her paws over the carpet, similar to how she would do to sharpen her claws, but not exactly the same way. I guess I've always just thought that would make her clean enough. That and the fact that she is constantly licking herself.