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does anybody give there cat a bath?

my kitty pebblez is my life, i love her to death, but she is a pain in the a** when it comes to a bath. its as if she is being tortured when she is even exposed to water. so then i bought here those stupid waterless shampoo sprays, and then i thought about her licking her fur and licking that stuff and how toxic it may be. so, i know cats give themselves showers, but i want her to be washed from time to time. any suggestions??

Asked By: Renee Says Go Couture Yourself♥™ - 10/31/2007
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It isn't necessary to bathe cats unless they get unusually filthy or you need to treat or control fleas, treat a skin condition, or remove a dangerous mess from your cat's fur... More
Answered By: BACK IN ACTION - 10/31/2007
Additional Answers (34)
I only bathed a cat once....never again!!!
Answered By: Anoni M - 10/31/2007
 
I donnot I brush her hair only
Answered By: 권보아- BoA Kwon - 10/31/2007
 
My cat takes showers. But I don't think they really need to be washed, they clean themselves.
Answered By: ppw1024 - 10/31/2007
 
You don't need to bathe your cat. Only if she has fleas do you actually bathe her
Answered By: Krysia K - 10/31/2007
 
Yeah. It's a heck of a workout because I have to keep chasing him all over the bathroom LOL.
Answered By: Dominican Republican - 10/31/2007
 
hold em from underneath with one hand so they can't scratch you make sure the water is warm, not hot
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Answered By: kurt.biewald - 10/31/2007
 
If you loved your cat, you wouldn't call it 'pebbles' you monster!!!!!! Give him a dignified name, like 'charles'.
Answered By: Giz - 10/31/2007
 
We had a cat while I was growing up, and we used to always bathe her. For a while there, I think we used something from the vet's office, but then my mother heard that you can use Johnson & Johnson's baby shampoo on just about any pet you own that has fur. So...that's what we used... More
Answered By: Beth - 10/31/2007
 
Though cats in general do not like water, when I've bathed mine, I put a towel on the bottom of the tub so that they feel stable and can find purchase rather than slipping and sliding on porcelain. This seems to calm them a bit and they tolerate a bath much better... More
Answered By: sleepingliv - 10/31/2007
 
One of my relatives gave her cat a bath once and never again. The cat scratched her very badly!
Answered By: JC - 10/31/2007
 
always clip her nails/claws befor you give her a bath and start giving her baths more often or once in a while just get her wet in the tub it the only way she will get use to taking a bath or get use to being in water.
Answered By: littlefaulty - 10/31/2007
 
I give mine a bath every month. She hates it. Nothing but the best for Mrs. Fluff!
Answered By: Mr. Mustard - 10/31/2007
 
Trust me it is all I can do to keep myself from being angry when I hear something like this... More
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Answered By: FawneMine - 10/31/2007
 
Well, the shampoo spray -- is it meant for cats? If it is, it is most likely non-toxic for the cat's sake. If it says toxic on the container, then, yeah, don't use it. But I'm pretty sure that it would be safe. I don't really bathe cats. My one cat smells SO good after she licks herself. She smells good all of the time... More
Answered By: bblueeskkinnyes - 10/31/2007
 
ok i have cats too and i shower them once every month.. for me its every 10th.. lol.. but yea they dont like water so they will cry, whine, or soo but later they just forget about it.. make sure u rise the shampoo off completely and do it once a month... More
Answered By: blood4eva69 - 10/31/2007
 
Don't bathe your cat. It's not good for her... More
Answered By: Rachael - 10/31/2007
 
I never gave a cat a bath until recently because my young kitten went under the car and got oil all over her... More
Answered By: Kaela Marie - 10/31/2007
 
There is a bathing powder you can get for cats but they normally do a great job of bathing themselves!
Answered By: Jenna - 10/31/2007
 
I lay a towel down next to the kitchen sink and put my cat on it laying down. I pet him for awhile and get him relaxed and purring. (during this time I have the water running) If your cat doesn't even like being around running water I suggest just doing this a couple times a week to get her used to being around the... More
Answered By: enriquelomasa - 10/31/2007
 
my cat HATES water, so i don't i only brush her hair, but RARELY
Answered By: rhodychick - 10/31/2007
 
Most cats do not need any help with baths. They do a very good job. If she gets dirty say she gets into mud or food, and is just plain old dirty, comb her with a wet comb and towl dry her...
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Answered By: Amy K - 10/31/2007
 
No i didn't think people bathed cats. Take it to a groomers.
Answered By: amber d - 10/31/2007
 
Cats are generally very clean animals and do not need bathing, and they will make sure you know that! However, there may be special circumstances where it is necessary. To answer your question.....I do not bathe my cats just brush them.
Answered By: sierra_91_2000 - 10/31/2007
 
Forget it, just leave the cat to her own resources. Cats hate water at the best of times.
Answered By: veg_rose - 10/31/2007
 
You don't give your cat baths unless it's infested with fleas or something. You're going to give it dry skin. But if you feel the need to bathe it, hold it by the scruff on its neck and rinse it off with water.
Answered By: Electric Dazeys - 10/31/2007
 
I have to frequently wash my 18 year-old 3-legged cat as he gets messy sometimes in the litterbox. He hates it, but it is a necessary evil! I blow dry him (on low) so he doesn't get cold and set him next to the heat vent. I have had to gove my ohter cat a bath due to him crawling through the cold air ducting in the... More
Answered By: sassyfrass - 10/31/2007
 
i don't have a cat i'm allergic.
Answered By: SEXYCHOCOLATE - 10/31/2007
 
If your kitty is small enough, hold her in one hand and soap/rinse with the other. Don't let paws touch anything she might be able to push off of, kitty will use the grip to get away... More
Answered By: players2069 - 10/31/2007
 
You don't need to bathe cats. The keep themselves clean. pretty much all cats hate water and so just leave them to do it themselves unless they get really dirty.
Answered By: lilutothemax - 10/31/2007
 
Typically bathing a cat too much will dry out their skin, cause them to have dandruff, sometimes heavy shedding, they can be sensitive to the shampoo and tons of other things. I agree with some of the others. You cat shouldn't need a bath unles sit has fleas.
Answered By: Kel - 10/31/2007
 
I show cats and they need to be bathed before every show. I've never had a cat that liked it. Since we bathe them from the time they're kittens, some will tolerate it, but most hate it. We make certain we clip their claws first and groom them well to remove loose hair. The kitchen sink is the bathtub of choice for... More
Answered By: Linda C - 10/31/2007
 
you don't need to bathe your cat...they're naturally "clean" full of cat spit if you bathe her, make sure you get her dried immediately so she won't get cold /sick..
Answered By: sunako - 10/31/2007
 
I bath two of my indoor cats who DO need it, they are long haired cats and they can get poopy back ends. It also helps when they are shedding more at times, as it gets their molting done faster. You just don't want to get their heads wet, and watch for water in the ears. It is not dangerous or bad to bath a cat, but... More
Answered By: meg l - 11/1/2007
 
Cats generally hate water. However, bathing is advisable to keep kitty clean and smelling good. Do not prolong bath time unnecessarily, be quick and use warm water (not hot - you wouldn't want to scald it), quick thorough shampoo, then rinse, towel dry and blow dry. Keeping kitty dry and warm will prevent it from... More
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Answered By: josienthepussycats - 11/2/2007
 
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