will you bathe your cat?

@mobhomeir (7565)
Philippines
July 31, 2010 1:39am CST
Hello cat lovers. We have two cats, the first one is a stray cat which we adopted couple of years ago. We love her as is. I mean, I found her and adopted her as she is. We could not clean her because we were afraid of her scratches and might bite us if we bathe her. We have a new one. Actually he was also a stray little kitten in our neighborhood. I was just got pity on him when he was being sprayed intentionally with water from our neighbor's maid. We decided to adopt him. We feel him like one of members of our family. He was month old when we adopted him until now he grow up well and being love by us. We use to take him a bath once or twice a week despite of resistance. Yesterday I was bitten while he kept on resisting. I decided not to give him a bathe anymore. He is grown up already and still never used of taking a bath. Do you have a cat that you give still a bathe? Please share your thoughts... Mobhomeir here..
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
31 Jul 10
I have never really given my cats a bath, its really not good for their skin. You might try getting some cat wipes. You can buy them at the pet stores and sometimes at Wal-mart and the like they look like a big baby wipe and you simply wipe the cat down with it. Its a lot easier than a bath and has the same result of clean cat, and I believe its better on their skin too! Happy Cat Bathing!
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Yeah. I never would after all the bites and scratches I've got the other day. We just tend to see our cat to be tidy and fresh always. I maybe use piece damp cloth for him to wipe if necessary. Thanks for responding my friend.. Mobhomeir here..
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
31 Jul 10
hello Martin, Oh i never thought that cats should need a bath (hahaha) Joke,no i don't don't bath our cats my kids do. They hate it when giving bath to their cats becoz cats hates water and scratch my son. I think my kids stopped bathing their cats. But with our dogs,they love to give them bath almost everyday coz they always hug our dogs each time they met(i mean every now and then ) How's your weekend dear amigo?
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Here's my bonita again... just doing fine bonita. We have dogs likewise that's why we treat our cat like our dogs mistakenly. We treated our pets like humans, a member of the family that's why we like them to see tidy and fresh always because sometimes they even go with us in our bedtime. Sounds crazy and weird but that's true we really love our pets.. Have a nice day ahead bonita...i guess it's family day today.. ingatz.. Mobhomeir here..
@pirate451 (152)
• India
31 Jul 10
Oh! ....I love cat too much and I have one cat at my house and is call as pushy,she understand language what we talk and listen to while I scold her and she is very lovely cat and I brought her from someone my neighbor house and I care a lot as well as my family to.We use to take bath her 3times a week and she never run away while we bath her.She very active in catching rat but she never eat that meet that I understand why she not eating the rat meet just she killed only.I love cat very much.When I was in office I miss her a lot.
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Oh..that was cool, think we have one thing in common. Well I guess your cat must be smarter than mine. I appreciate that. I envy. Maybe cat's breeding matters most. Me? I would never ever bathe him again after all the scratches and bites I've got the other day... I guess I maybe just be using damp piece of cloth and just wipe him if needed. Thanks cat-lover for your respond... Mobhomeir here..
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
31 Jul 10
I think you are a bit crazy to bathe a cat. Oh, there are times when they need them, but most cats are self cleaning and after the initial cleaning (if they need it) and unless they are long haired cats they probably won't need another bath unless they get into something. Long haired cats do need some grooming, and if you can't keep it up, an occasional trip to the groomer can save a lot of aggravation... and keep the cat happier with you
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Yes I thought he would used getting to it as he grows older like dog. I was wrong. In fact as he grown up his resistance goes strong but I keep insisting still to bath him. Well, after all the scratches and bitten I've got I would never bathe him again. I would just maybe use damp piece of cloth and wipe him if necessary. Thanks for responding my friend... Mobhomeir here...
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
1 Aug 10
I have certainly done that, in fact, I posted a story about doing that to Taj - and he tried to bite me - well, since he has not teeth, that did nothing except make me laugh, and he's not a scratcher - tho if I tried to get him wet all over, he might do it anyway
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
31 Jul 10
Cats don't like water at all except to drink. They clean themselves so there's no need to give them a bath. My husband and I have 10 cats and we never ever give them a bath. In truth, it's cruel to give a cat a bath because they don't like water on their bodies. They do the work themselves by licking their fur clean. A cat isn't like a dog where we can give dogs a bath when they need it but not a cat.
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Wow 10 cats how will you manage to take care of that? Amazing! Well, yes, I would never ever do it (bathing) again after all the lessons I've got the other day. Scratches and bites everywhere..
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
3 Aug 10
Our cats come and go as they please and they know where the water bowl is if they become thirsty and they know where their dry cat food is as well. We feed them can cat food at night only and they know when 'dinner' time is too. Not all of them eat can food and not all of them eat dry food and several of them hunt quite a bit. They've all been fixed too as well as our five dogs too so no babies will be born of our gang of fur babies. lol I'm glad to hear that you won't bathe your cat anymore. That's wonderful to hear!
• India
6 Aug 10
Long back we had two cats as our pet, my wife tried to bathe them, but they never cooperated, i am afraid cats either hate water or are afraid of it.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
Yeah. I would never bath him again after lots of scratches and bites I've got during his last bathe... Thanks my friend for responding... Mobhomeir here..
• United States
5 Aug 10
only if they really really need help. a few of my rescues i had no choice but to bathe them,they arrived with fleas/dirty. some realize you're trying to help,but there's always one that gets punchy about it LOL
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
Yes I agree with you my friend...Me? I would never bathe again my cat after all the bites and scratches I received from him during his last bathe.. Thanks for responding my friend.. Mobhomeir here..
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
2 Aug 10
Hi Mobhomeir I used to have 4 Cats and I never bathed them, I do know People who do bath their cats though Cats are actually very Hygienic and will always clean themselves so really there is no need to bath them as they do have fear of water Some Cats will tolerate it but most Cats won't
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
Yeah my friend and our cat one of those who don't like to be take a bath. Well, I would never bath him again after all the bites and scratches I've got. Thanks for responding my friend.. Mobhomeir here...
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Hi we have three cats and I bathe them every month. Me and my son take turns to hold them while shampooing on them. Sometimes we just dry clean them once every week especially they keep on scratching. They look sleek when we bathe them. I believe it's healthy to bathe them so those ticks won't bite us too.
@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
Our cat never had fleas or tick but we see to it that he always look fresh and clean so we bath him once a week. Now that he is already grown up I could not hold him hard. I already got some bites and scratches that's why I decided not to bathe him again not unless if necessary... Thanks for responding my friend... Mobhomeir here..
• United States
1 Aug 10
I've always given my cats baths and although they may not particularly care for the water, they don't bite or scratch. They squirm and try to make a dash for it if released for even a second, but other than that I've had no problems.
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
Your cat must a different kind from ours. Since I had him from the very young age he keep on resisting if I bathed him until now that he is already grown up into a big cat. I would never bath him again because he would bite you already. I would just be using a piece of damp cloth and wipe him if necessary... Thanks for your respond.... Mobhomeir here...
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
1 Aug 10
i have three cats at home now. my girl has been with me for eleven years. my boys have been with me for nine years. my first attempt to bathe my girl ended disastrously. she was very young, very weak and i have no idea what was the correct thing to do. i put her under the tap and gave her a cold shower. she end up with pneumonia but thankfully she managed to recover. since then i've only gave her warm showers. i try to bath my cats once every month or other month. i guess starting them young helps a bit. the fact that they look up to me as their mother helps a lot. they'd protest a little and start struggling if they feel i'm taking too long. other than that, no biting or scratching.
@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
Yes..I would never bathe again my cat after all the scratches and bites I received. I would just may be wipe him with damp piece of cloth if necessary... Thanks for responding my friend.. Mobhomeir here..
@minx267 (14585)
• Hartford, Connecticut
1 Aug 10
I don't think it is usually necessary to give a cat a bath.. I have given kittens baths if they had fleas and I recently had to give my adult cat a bath because she had Poo stuck all on her bottom. (She sometimes has problems since she was hit by a car). But I just mad sure the water was nice and warm.. NOT HOT.. and I just scruffed her behind the neck... and dunked her in the water and started shampooing her.. I think she actually liked it at first.. Once all clean I put her outside to shake.. She hasn't had to have another one and she looks nice and shiny. I find that most cats do not care for water and will fight you if you try to put them in there. I was luck with my Sahara as she is very easy going and trusts me completely. I got away with NO scratches or bites.
@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
7 Aug 10
Yes my friend, I would never bathe again my cat after all the bites and scratches I've got during his last bathe. I would maybe use a piece of damp cloth just to wipe him if necessary...have a nice day my friend and thanks for the reply... Mobhomeir here...
@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
1 Aug 10
Well I don't think that I would ever give a cat a bath unless they got into some mud then I would have too because I wouldn't want that cat to track mud into the house and it get it all over the house that would make a huge mess and then I would have to clean all that up and I really don't feel like doing that. Right now I have a dog and even my dog doesn't love to take baths she is not a big fan of them at all still I'm trying to get my dog used to them. Cats can pretty much clean themselves so that's why I don't really have to bother with them which makes it a whole lot easier. I wonder why cats don't like water very much though.
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
WE used to bathe him when he was just a small though he kept on resisting. I thought he could adapt the routine of his bathing. The other day I've got a dose of his anger. Scratches and bites. I decided not to bathe him again.. Thanks for responding.... Mobhomeir here..
• Canada
1 Aug 10
No i do not bathe my cat, we had one for about 3 years. i heard your not suppose to bathe them. their skin is extra sensative. you could use cool water, but really cats dont need to be cleaned. they are not like dogs. dogs usually roll around in dirt or run into swamps in marshes. cats stick around the house and dont require the extra cleaning. they clean themselves.
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
I thought we could let him adapt the routine because he started taking a bath couple of months old. I never know he would not really likes water...after so many scratches and bites I would never bathe him again... Thanks for responding... Mobhomeir here...
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
When I saw your discussion, I began to miss my cat Tornado. He was the only one who loved baths because I gave him one every week and he knows each time I would go near the water hose that it is time for his bath. I used to laugh when I would do my laundry and he would be sitting by the basins waiting for me to scoop him up and give him a bath! My two cats now don't like baths and it will be a riot trying to give them one. I would have to chase them around and Spot would have this look in her eyes saying "I don't want a bath". Cats' eyes are so expressive, that's why I really love them.
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Why? where is that you mean? I would never bathe my cat again after I've got his scratches and bites the other day.. Thanks for your respond.... Mobhomeir here...
@ajulba (3)
• United States
1 Aug 10
Hello cat lovers, my daughter is a cat lover and we adopted a cat from chincoteague virginia, we named him little nicky because he was such a little devil, lol. however he was a little stinker, literaly and bathing him was the only way to live with him. My daughter had no fear and hauled this big old boy to the bath tub and showed him who was boss. While she was duking it out with him we were all gathered outside the door and it sounded like a war was going on in there. A short time later my daughter and nicky emerged from the bathroom. My daughter emerged the victor in this battle of wills but funny enough she looked like the one who got a bath!
@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Funny!!!! Submissive cat!!How I wish I could have that kind of cat.. Thanks for responding my friend...
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
31 Jul 10
I didn't bath my cats too often because of the scrathing. They groomed themselves and hardly went outside so I didn't really think it was necessary. One of my cats was gone for over a month and when she came back she really stunk! The other cats wouldn't even go near her. I had my husband bath her that time and he had to do it two or three times before the smell started to leave. I am not sure what she got into when she was gone but it was something awful!
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
I thought cat would never roll on stinky places. The purpose of bathing our cat is because we need him to look and feel fresh and clean because he always with us even in our bedtime..but what had happen to me the other day gave me a lesson. I received scratches and bites from him. I would never bathe him again.. Thanks for responding my friend.. Mobhomeir here..
• Canada
31 Jul 10
I have never done that but i feel it is not that easy to give bathe to cat.
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@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Yeah. Never ever do it if you don't want to be bitten and scratched by your own cat like what had happened to me the other day.. Thanks for responding my friend... Mobhomeir here..
@katiesueg (259)
• Italy
31 Jul 10
In all of my life I have only given one of my cats a bath and that was years ago. Her name was Misty and she had fallen into our flooded celler which had not been cleaned in ages. She might as well have fallen into a sewer, that water was so dirty. Without thinking, I pulled her out of the water, took her into the house and gave her a thourough shampoo. Lucky for me she was probably the sweetest tempered cat I have ever known. She never scratched or bit anybody for any reason. She was not very happy but she let me wash and dry her without complaint. Normally my cats cleaned themselves by licking. The cat I now help take care of (he has been adopted by the neighbourhood in general) could probably use a bath but it would be a waste of time. In the summertime he likes to be outdoors all day and night and has a real talent for finding the dirtiest spots to roll over in. I can just imagine risking having my arms covered in scratches by a shrieking histerical cat, only to have him roll in the dirt again as soon as he gets the chance. No, I do not think that would be a good idea at all.
@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Yes my friend I got your point. In my case I love pets and that includes cats. I would always see to it that he would be always clean because we never treated our pets as really animals but a member of the family. We need to make him always clean because most often than not our cat always in our side even during our bedtime. But, what had happen to me the other day during his bath session I was scratched and bitten. I decided then not to bath him again from then on. Thanks for responding my friend.. Mobhomeir here...
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
31 Jul 10
I have no cats at home but there are many cats like to visit in our home and sometimes would love to deliver babies. I don't know why this is happen wherever I live and work cats come along my way. They will just mistakenly dropped by and if I see I will feed them until then they will not go home to where they are. I never bathe cats because my grandmother told me that it is not good to let them wet. Something happen if I will do that. Specially I don't like to hug and bath it. It i because of its hairs that could trigger to cough. And I an afraid I will be bitten and scratch.
@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Aug 10
Yes we have cats but I don't believe their hairs causes cough not unless you have asthma that could trigger it indeed. Well, it is normal once you gave them food they would be looking for it again and again. They would never go away from you anymore. In my case which am a pet lover I would always want to look and feel them clean always because I treated my pet not absolutely animals but a family member. Sounds crazy but I just don't know because that's the way I was even in my childhood... Whether you're pet lover or not as long as you respected their rights to live I would always appreciate that my friend... Have a nice day and thanks for responding... Mobhomeir here...