Cat Bath

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Cat Bath

Postby NHE » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:30 am

Some people say cats never have to be bathed. The say cats lick
themselves clean. They say cats have a special enzyme of some sort in
their saliva that works like new, improved Wisk - dislodging the dirt
where it hides and whisking it away.

I've spent most of my life believing this folklore. Like most blind
believers, I've been able to discount all the facts to the contrary, the
kitty odors that lurk in the corners of the garage and dirt smudges that
cling to the throw rug by the fireplace.

The time comes, however, when a man must face reality: when he must look
squarely in the face of massive public sentiment to the contrary and
announce: "This cat smells like a port-a-potty on a hot day in Juarez."

When that day arrives at your house, as it has in mine, I have some
advice you might consider as you place your feline friend under your arm
and head for the bathtub:

Know that although the cat has the advantage of quickness and lack of
concern for human life, you have the advantage of strength. Capitalize
on that advantage by selecting the battlefield. Don't try to bathe him
in an open area where he can force you to chase him. Pick a very small
bathroom. If your bathroom is more that four feet square, I recommend
that you get in the tub with the cat and close the sliding-glass doors
as if your were about to take a shower. (A simple shower curtain will
not do. A berserk cat can shred a three-ply rubber shower curtain
quicker than a politician can shift positions.)

Know that a cat has claws and will not hesitate to remove all the skin
from your body. Your advantage here is that you are smart and know how
to dress to protect yourself. I recommend canvas overalls tucked into
high-top construction boots, a pair of steel-mesh gloves, an army
helmet, a hockey face mask, and a long-sleeved flak jacket.

Prepare everything in advance. There is no time to go out for a towel
when you have a cat digging a hole in your flak jacket. Draw the
water. Make sure the bottle of kitty shampoo is inside the glass
enclosure. Make sure the towel can be reached, even if your are lying
on your back in the water.

Use the element of surprise. Pick up your cat nonchalantly, as if to
simply carry him to his supper dish. (Cats will not usually notice your
strange attire. They have little or no interest in fashion as a rule.
If he does notice your garb, calmly explain that you are taking part in
a product testing experiment for J.C. Penney.)

Once you are inside the bathroom, speed is essential to survival. In a
single liquid motion, shut the bathroom door, step into the tub
enclosure, slide the glass door shut, dip the cat in the water and
squirt him with shampoo. You have begun one of the wildest 45 seconds
of your life.

Cats have no handles. Add the fact that he now has soapy fur, and the
problem is radically compounded. Do not expect to hold on to him for
more than two or three seconds at a time. When you have him, however,
you must remember to give him another squirt of shampoo and rub like
crazy. He'll then spring free and fall back into the water, thereby
rinsing himself off. (The national record for cats is three latherings,
so don't expect too much.)

Next, the cat must be dried. Novice cat bathers always assume this part
will be the most difficult, for humans generally are worn out at this
point and the cat is just getting really determined. In fact, the
drying is simple compared to what you have just been through. That's
because by now the cat is semipermanently affixed to your right leg.
You simply pop the drain plug with your foot, reach for your towel and
wait. (Occasionally, however, the cat will end up clinging to the top
of your army helmet. If this happens, the best thing you ca do is to
shake him loose and encourage him toward your leg.) After all the water
is drained from the tub, it is a simple matter to just reach down and
dry the cat.

In a few days the cat will relax enough to be removed from your leg. He
will usually have nothing to say for about three weeks and will spend a
lot of time sitting with his back to you. He might even become
psychoceramic and develop the fixed stare of a plaster feline.

You will be tempted to assume he is angry. This isn't usually the
case. As a rule he is simply plotting ways to get through your defenses
and injure your for life the next time you decide to give him a bath.

But at least now he smells a lot better.

by - Gordon
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Postby Loobie » Sat Mar 29, 2008 3:49 am

That is great! And timely for me too. I have two cats and they are both house cats. One, however, thinks it's his mission in life to escape. He tries to get out at every opportunity and he ended up sleeping outdoors last night after he esacped when my daughter came in the front door from riding her bike. He was asleep on the welcome mat when I went outside this morning to let the dog out and he got into something.

He was remarkably docile during his bath, but I also had a death grip on his fat butt.

That was some funny reading :lol:
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Postby REDHAIRANDTEMPER » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:53 am

okay am at work and am laughing so hard i have people looking at me..i have had cats i did that to so i can relate..to funny thanks for the laugh

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Postby catfreak » Tue Sep 02, 2008 4:56 pm

:lol: :lol:

Came home one day to find my husband with a shredded shirt and blood running down his back. Wet from head to toe.

He had decided he would give TeeJay a bath. Bad Idea.

TeeJay bathes himself now and he is a much happier cat.

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Re: Cat Bath

Postby NHE » Tue Sep 02, 2008 7:42 pm

catfreak wrote:Came home one day to find my husband with a shredded shirt and blood running down his back. Wet from head to toe.


Ouch!!! 8O
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