Should Kittens/Cats be given a bath?

@GandharD (148)
India
December 15, 2012 9:58pm CST
I have never seen anyone giving a bath to their pet cats.. I had a cat for about 3 weeks( I bought her home from a road side, She was very cute and adorable, I decided to keep her as a pet, but my parents din allow me to keep pet... So I kept her in the balcony and said 'You wont have any trouble with her' ) The next day I took her in the bathroom to wash her, As I put a slight watery hand on her, she attacked me with her nails and ran away in the living room.. I think cats like to stay away from water, But what do we do to keep them clean? They do clean themselves but that may not be enough....
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9 responses
• Indonesia
16 Dec 12
There are some dissenting views on this issue but in general there is usually no reason to bathe your cat especially a shorthaired indoor cat. Cats spend a large percentage of their days grooming themselves and they are experts at it. Using their barbed tongues they lick dirt and debris off their fur in order to keep it clean and odor free. Cats with long hair may require the occasional bath if their fur gets too oily. Their fur can get too oily based on climate conditions and the individual skin of the cat. There are also occasional times when your cat's fur may get excessively dirty due to some mishap that the cat has gotten itself into. In some of these cases it may be necessary to give your cat a bath. You should know right off the bat that almost all cats hate baths, so be prepared.
@deazil (4556)
• United States
16 Dec 12
Or if a cat has IBS. I had a long-haired cat with this and a bath was absolutely needed at times. I bore the scars. But you're right - they spend an unusual amount of time grooming and mostly don't need a bath.
@edvc77 (2143)
• Philippines
17 Dec 12
They say that cats don't like to be wet so they do not take a bath. I think so. They bath by licking their bodies with their tongues. That is what I noticed on cats. However, that it is true that they don't like to be wet. I don't know the reason for that. :-) Have a nice day!
@anklesmash (1416)
16 Dec 12
I wouldn't recommend bathing a cat very much due to the amount they hate it and fight making it very difficult today.Also cats can keep themselves clean enough themselves. I only ever washed our cat once,I don't know what she had done but she smelled really bad.It was a really big struggle to do on my own I had to hold her with one hand which was a struggle the amount she was wriggling and trying to get out and wash her with my one free hand.I would recommend only washing a cat if they are particularly dirty usually it's just not worth the hassle.
@youless (92271)
• Guangzhou, China
16 Dec 12
It is true that cats don't like water at all. If you train them when they are kittens, perhaps they are not so afraid of the water. However, I don't think they will like to have the bath with the water anyway. Cats are clean animals because they often use their paws and tongue to clean themselves. They are just like ladies that are elegant.
@AdalieM (1135)
• United States
16 Dec 12
Yes, they should. Sphynx cats need to bathe regularly because their skin accumulate oils and they can get sick if you don't keep'em clean. It depends a lot on the cat breeds, others don't need to bathe regularly.
@Shavkat (63446)
• Philippines
16 Dec 12
As far as i remember, my grandma never take her cats to bath. In our country, we have beliefs that if they became wet, it will rain. I am sure it is myth, but they do believe about it.
@devonavis (1857)
• Greece
16 Dec 12
Haha! Now you learned your lesson but I feel sorry for your you. Cats belong to the animal families that do not normally go into water. Getting them wet will mean danger to them so it's their natural instinct to defend themselves. Some pet owners train their cats to be bathed though, but this is unnatural to cats so it's better to leave them like that. They have their own ways of cleaning themselves, all we have to do is to train them not to just pee or defecate everywhere.
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
16 Dec 12
That's what I hate most about cats. They do not want to take a bath. lol. But I do adore cats because they still look neat despite the fact that they are afraid with water. I thought cats have a dangerous rabies. In our house, there is no cats only puppies.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
16 Dec 12
I have bathed cats. Kismet, when we got her, had 2 baths before we ever got her home.