I have an 8 yr old female tabby who goes berserk whenever we try and wash her off. We usually get cuts all over our hands and it takes like an hour or so to complete because of her refusal to be washed. We also have the inherent problem of her licking herself when we're soaping her. What can we do?
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I have an 8 yr old female tabby who goes berserk whenever we try and wash her off. We usually ... be washed. We also have the inherent problem of her licking herself when we're soaping her. What can we do?

Stop trying to give her a bath?
Unless cats get particulary dirty for some reason, there is no reason to be bathing them on a regular basis.
Should you decide to continue, try trimming the claws before the bathing session.

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I have an 8 yr old female tabby who goes berserk whenever we try and wash her off. We usually ... to be washed. Wealso have the inherent problem of her licking herself when we're soaping her. What can we do?

Don't wash her. She washes herself. Is there some reason you think you need to wash your cat?
Cats usually pretty much hate baths. Unless there's a certain reason, most cats don't need to be bathed - they usually keep themselves clean. Is there a specific reason that you need to wash her off? Can you forego the baths?

Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
Hey,
Here in the UK there's a programme that comes on called... I can't remember, but it had all these cat owners exchanging advice. Concerning bathing one guy said he puts his cat in the bathroom, not shower, with the hot shower on for 5 minutes and the steam will clean the cat. Once again this obviously doesn't mean putting the cat in the shower!
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sham126
I have an 8 yr old female tabby who goes berserk whenever we try and wash her off. We usually ... be washed. We also have the inherent problem of her licking herself when we're soaping her. What can we do?

Do you have allergies, or is kitty getting into something gross? Cats are pretty much self-cleaning (and if you already know this, forgive me) so if this is your first kitty, don't worry about bathing unless you have to. It's not fun, as you well know! Emotion: smile
If you do need to bathe her, I'd recommend just doing a search on Google and you'll find lots of interesting tips. I personally make sure the claws are trimmed and make sure there are two people to do the job! One to hold kitty and one to soap up and rinse. Of course, I never bathe the cats unless I absolutely have to. They develop the strength of Superman when met with water!
HTH,
Karen
bartron2k2@hotmail writes
I have an 8 yr old female tabby >who goes berserk whenever we try and wash her off. We usually get cuts >all over our hands and it takes like an hour or so to complete because >of her refusal to be washed.

I've never washed a cat in 25 years..nor know of anyone who "soaps" a cat. Where did you get the idea to do this?
Here in the UK there's a programme that comes on called... I can'tremember, but it had all these cat owners ... the steam will clean the cat. Once again thisobviously doesn't mean putting the cat in the shower! :-) sham126 "

I guess that's what they mean by steam cleaning . LOL Alison
bartron2k2@hotmail writes

I have an 8 yr old female tabby >who goes ... so to complete because >of her refusal to be washed.

I've never washed a cat in 25 years..nor know of anyone who "soaps" a cat. Where did you get the idea to do this?

Ummm... if one bathes a cat (& I have, years ago), of course you soap them up, then rinse them. Then towel dry them. Then blow dry (*if* the cat is amenable - a big if), or more likely, let the cat's fur air dry.

Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
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