Poor lil kitty

@MsTickle (25051)
Australia
June 13, 2007 5:25pm CST
I think bathing cats is cruel....what about you? Surely a good brushing would suffice?
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@jplumbl (67)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Cats clean themselves... From what i have read, most cats don't need baths. Of course they need to be brushed to keep from shedding around the house too badly though.
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@Lifez2short (4969)
• United States
13 Jun 07
There are times when a bath is nesscary. Maybe they have something stuck in there fur that a brush will not get out. I know cats dont like water but if it is something that a brush will not get out. Why not bathe them?
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
They are quite capable of cleaning themselves. The detest being immersed in water, it terrifies them. I think that's a good enough reason. A sponge bath could perhaps be used in the situation you describe, full immersion is unnecessary and cruel.
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• United States
16 Jun 07
I dont think I have ever put my cat fully in water other then to give him a flea bath. I know cats are scared of water and I dont want to torture my cat at all.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
23 Jul 07
cruel to one's self as well! ack hair flying, sticking to you because it is wet (I am itching and brushing imaginary hairs off my face just thinking of this scenerio as I type it) claws digging into your flesh, ripping it to shreds as the cat tries to escape, you try to keep it down and water is everywhere. Cat is frantic, you are frantic. what a mess.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
26 Jul 07
Yep, sounds traumatising to me.
• Malaysia
23 Jul 07
I used to bath my cat. But later my friend told me that it is not healthy for the cat to bath often. So I tried to keep him clean at all times and only wash him using damp towel. I quickly dry his up using a warm hair dryer so that he won't feel cold at all. Whatever it is I have to give him a bath once a week because if not he would start smelling like fish. Don't you ever give your cat a bath?
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
26 Jul 07
Since beginning this discussion and reading the responses and doing some research I've found that bathing a cat is sometimes okay. I would never bathe a vcat if it became frightened or defensive. My Banjo cleans himself all the time and there has never been a reason to take matters into my own hands. He quite likes to play in water but I wouldn't force him to get wet all over. In summer, when it is very hot and he is panting, I sponge him down with a damp cloth. He enjoys me doing it.
• United States
24 Jun 07
Some cats actually enjoy getting bathed. My kitten would allow me to bathe her when she was little, but now that she is nearly a year old, she objects. I do get to brush her. She enjoys it to an extent. When she has had enough she lets me know!
@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
26 Jul 07
It's good that you're taking things as they come. Cats can be very demonstative in showing what they do and don't want.
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I have never had to wash a cat except the extremely rare time when one of the super fuzzy ones got poo stuck in their tail (gross, I know). I used to wash my cats with flea shampoo, but it was completely useless and now I use alternative flea remedies. None of my cats have ever needed baths, although there could be the possibility of wounds or an infection that require washing. Regular washing to clean a cat is not necessary, and can harm the cat in the long run by drying out the skin.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
Not to mention essential oils from their fur. :)
• United States
13 Jun 07
A bath for cats ?? only if the get into something bad ,I have had many cats in my time can't ever remember giving one a bath ,but I guess some people do ...
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
I have a long shower recess and there's a stool in there. Banjo sits on the stool sometimes when I take a shower and watches me. I'm sure if he wanted to clean himself more thoroughly he'd be quite capable of hopping under the water...but he doesn't. LOL
@Calais (10899)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Of course its cruel, its not only cruel but can be quite dangerous for both human and feline. For the human they can be shredded to pieces and for the cat, they bathe themselves with their tongue so if any shanpoo has been left on their coat they can get quite sick if they lick it.
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@MsTickle (25051)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
It even makes me feel a bit crook thinking about it. Bleck!
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Tommy-the most bathed cat in the world - Tommy the big lover cat
Mmmmm...gee? You supposed to bathe kitties?? The only time I had given a cat a bath was years and years ago, when my mom took home a kitten..He had been one of several in a litter, and the person brought them to work to see about adopting them out...she took the last of them...well, when mom and new kitty came home I did have to give him a bath...he was crawling with fleas!! Yikes!! And the poor fella...one bath didn't do him any good..don't ask how many baths that poor guy got---maybe after the twentieth bath, he was flea free..His name was Tommy a big loveable sweetie of a cat...that's him in the photo-- The only other times I've given a bath to a cat is only is the cat is really soiled.. But as for now..no siree..no give bath...if I did especially to Pyewacket I think he'd rip me to shreds...he doesn't even like it when I clean his ears out.
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@mummymo (23707)
13 Jun 07
I had to bath my cat once she seemed to have rolled in .... well lets just say it stank and you couldn't brush it out! As for being cruel have you seen how a cat reacts when you bath it - I know who was being cruelly treated and it wasn't Tia that is for sure! Mind you it was quite funny cos without her coat being all fluffy she is about the size of a small rat! lol xxx
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun 07
Well apparently it is good if you can bath a Cat as there is less chance of fleas on them I know a Cat is Hygienic but I don't think that they will keep themselves clean as they should do Most Cats don't like it but if a Cat doesn't mind it then by all means it is good to bath them The Brush will not get all of it out of the Fur and the Skin Hugs to you
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@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
Yes I think so too, cats don't need to be bathed, they do a great job doing it themselves, they don't get that sort of smell that dogs get, nature did a pretty good job designing the self efficient cat...
@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
13 Jun 07
We have 2 cats at the moment, very occasionally we give them a bath e.g. one got caked in mud a while ago and we thought it better to remove it by giving him a bath than to let him clean all the mud off himself.
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
26 Jul 07
I was recently talking with a friend about this very thing. She was brought up in rural Oklahoma by a single parent, (her mother) and they never had a great deal of money to be spending on the cats. So the only way that they had of trying to control flea infestations was to bathe the cats. The cats hated this and it was probably was not all that effective in controlling the fleas either, but better than nothing. There is one breed of cat that actually likes water, that's the Turkish Van. I have seen pictures of them swimming. My male cat, (I have 2 females and a male) does not seem to mind getting wet when the water is falling from the sky but if I tried to bathe him, I'm sure that he'd run a mile :)
@weemam (13377)
19 Jun 07
I don't know too much aout cats but I always thought they kept themselves clean , I however loved to bathe my rough collie when I had him , he used to come over to me when I was finished and shake the wet all over me , he loved to soak me lol payback xx
@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
17 Jun 07
Well in most cases I agree. We had a cat that had a horrible accident. He was attacked by something. The poor thing spent weeks in the hospital and actually had a skin graph proformed. After the graph he recieved a water therapy where they basicly ran water over his paw for 20 or 30 minutes. He got so use to it, he would just sit there and let you run the water over his paw. Even on his visits home for weekends when he was in our sink for this and the water would get in the bottom he just sat there!LOL I know that all this sounds like a lot for a cat, but it saved his life and at that time we could afford to do it with the plan they set up. With his stay at the Animal hospital for over 2 months and the surgery to graph skin on the whole top of his leg as well as 3 stitches to the corner of his eye. It really was not bad. All in all it was $500.
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
15 Jun 07
i have to agree with you there, it is cruel to bath them. mine doesnt even like the sprinkler outside if its going he is inside asleep or on the other side of the house.i find he is a really clean cat, cleaning constantly and very good when going outside to cover his messes up.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
15 Jun 07
Well, for normal cats I would say not really cruel but 'why' now in the case of my cat - not cruel at all, she's the laziest cat I've ever known. She's so lazy she doesn't wash herself and to be honest she really does start stinking - brushing just doesn't seem to do the job.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I think it all depends on the situation. I think if a cat has gotten into something nasty, and is REALLY smelly, a bath should be in order. But other than that, I don't think it's that necessary. I know I wouldn't even attempt to bathe my cats....I'd be a human pin cushion.
• United States
15 Jun 07
I don't think its necessary to bathe them either and I feel sorry for those who do they probably get all scratched up. Even though my dad had a cat who loved getting in the shower every time someone did.