My mother-in-law is getting a kitten in a the next few weeks. We are wondering if there is a way to train or condition a cat to enjoy baths. I have been told that bathing IS necessary and by others that it ISN'T necessary. Does anyone know?
My cats I always started giving them baths at a young age, some it works well with some it doesn't. I had one cat that if i told him it was bath time he would jump right in the tub, my other cat you needed one of those suits that they wear when diving with sharks. So i would say try giving the cat a bath at a young age.
Clip their nails beforehand so that they can't do you damage. THen you should put them in warm water (not too hot or cold). You should work with them. When they are trying really hard to get out, you should let them squirm and wait until they are willing to settle down. Be gentle.
Unlike dogs, cats don't need baths as often. When my cats were young I gave them baths just so they can become used to it too. Not many cats enjoy bathtime, but after a while they may start to like them a bit better.
Cats need baths just like a dog does. Not as often, but still.... You give them baths to help them out with fleas lice etc.... Do you really want your cat to have fleas and always dig and scratch because they have fleas??? I know i don't that is the reason you give a cat a bath.... Even though once they are out of the tub they always give themself a bath again.
Actually, I don't need to bath my cat for that reason. Isis is an indoor cat. Therefor the possibility of her getting fleas is in the EXTREMLY low percentage. My cat spends her day eating sleeping grooming watching T.V and getting attention from her people. She is BEYOND clean.
I don't think that bathing a cat is necessary unless the vet says it is. Regarding fleas and scratching, there'd be no need for that if the cat was on an anti flea topspot medication like advantage, frontline or advantix for cats. I have given one kitten a bath in my life, and that was a flea-infested stray cat we picked up. We started her on anti flea med the very next day. Cats bathe themselves, as others have pointed out. IMHO a bath is just too traumatic for most cats to bother with it.
I know there are flea meds for cats, I was just making a point. But anyways, if anyone who has cas like mine where (outside inside) my cats used to always lay in the mudd roll in the mudd, that calls for a very dirty cat. My cats now 1 is inside all the time the other is inside outside. My inside cat i never give a bath my outside cat i have only givin her one bath and that was right after she had babies (they were all still borns).
i had to give my cat a bath once, he rolled in grease and oil that collects under cars. he was covered. he must have had a good time because there was even grease on his belly. i had to use "goop" hand cleaner and give 3 baths. normally i don't bathe them. i got some stuff at petsmart that you spray on a rag and wipe over them, that was all he needed.
I had a cat once, he was an indoor cat, but I lived in an apartment at the time and the maintenance guy let him out. When he finally came home he smelled like he had rolled in something dead. It was awful. He definately had a bath then. It sure was something, but if he was staying in the house, he was having a bath. You know I had forgotten all about this. I had to put my cat down a long long long time ago (21 years). It's funny, I am so very allergic to cats I once had to go to the hospital after playing with some kittens because I couldn't breathe. But that one cat, Pierre, didn't make me sick. I wonder why. Others still do. Hmmm just an observation. For some reason when i remembered him getting that bath it just brought everything back.
My cats both enjoy their baths, we bathe Asha, a longhaired black and white rescue kitty, when she goes out and gets really dirty because I don't want her getting the house all nasty and also she sleeps in my kids' beds and I don't want anything getting in their beds. My other cat is older, almost 8 and she enjoys bathes because I think she is getting arthritis and I think it makes her feel better to relax in the water. I have raised her myself since she was 3 weeks old, but was there when she was born, the mom pushed her a way, and so for health and cleanliness purposes she had to be bathed often, and that is partially how I taught herto clean herself.
Cats need baths when they are especially dirty from a play time outside or when they have long hair and can't control it all themselves. It is also importnt to do when they have a flea or dandruff problem to keep the itchiness down. *xoxo, FrostyGirl* http://188.8.131.52/users5/furkid/index.cgi