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Should I wash my kitty?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Robertinio, Jan 6, 2021.


  1. Robertinio

    Robertinio PetForums Newbie

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    He's been here for 4 days and I don't know if I should give him a bath. If I need to give him a bath, with what shampoo and how often?
     
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  3. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Why ?
     
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    cava14 una Anne two black and white boys and a Nortie Tortie

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    Never washed my cats
     
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  5. Robertinio

    Robertinio PetForums Newbie

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    my kitty is ragdoll too! how s the breed?
    edit: i don't know why, just crossed my mind
     
  6. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    As you have said I have a Ragdoll he is approaching his 11th birthday and has never been bathed in his life . He has never needed to be bathed and there is also the point that I value my skin too much.
    Cats are very good at keeping them selves spotless ,the only time you may have to "help" is if they get something on their fur that is either harmful or difficult for them to remove by themselves.
    baby wipes are often enough to clean the minor things and if more is needed then cleaning the affected area is far better for cat and owner .
     
  7. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    Cats are self cleaning. Unless he gets into something toxic, no bathing required. :)
     
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    Charity Endangered Species

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    Most cats hate water, though a few like it. However, if you bathe a cat too often you will be removing natural oils from his/her skin. Cats are really good at keeping themselves clean so definitely don't need help from us by bathing.
     
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    I personally rather like the skin on my arms and would prefer it to remain there.
    Cats spend a lot of time grooming and make a wonderful job of keeping themselves beautifully clean so there's really no need to bathe them, unless they have come into contact with something harmful.
     
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    Babyshoes PetForums VIP

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    I've bathed a cat once, very carefully and quickly when he got himself covered in nastiness. He's fairly calm and trusting though, so I didn't get scratched, though he did shout at me a lot...
    I've also washed *just* the tail of my long haired kitty when he had diarrhoea, and that was a bit dicy, I think I had small scratches from that.

    Most cats I'd have just done my best with damp towels/wipes etc. A healthy cat is usually self cleaning, so no need to bath them. You'll want to brush them though, especially if long haired.
     
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    Good heavens! I have had cats more than 50 years and it has never crossed my mind to bath any of them. Cats hate water!! Well, most of them.

    And there is no nicer smell than that outdoor dustbin smell on a cat:D

    I think that must have imprinted on me as a small child as i genuinely love that night time smell. When they come in, all cold and smelling of the night. Yum:Happy
     
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    spotty cats PetForums VIP

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    Some coat types benefit from bathing, particularly longhairs or greasy coated cats.
    Using the correct products you won't harm the coat or cat.

    Ours are used to baths from being shown. A well socialised cat will not rip you to shreds being bathed.

    As he is a Ragdoll (hopefully from a good registered breeder!) ask what products they use to groom as they'll know their cats coat types best.
     
  13. Robertinio

    Robertinio PetForums Newbie

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    well they didin't bathe him, we got him 10 days ago when he was 9 weeks and a few days so i am wondering should i start giving him baths so he'll get used to them while he's young?
     
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    MontyMaude PetForums VIP

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    He doesn't need to be bathed, brushed yes but not bathed.
     
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    spotty cats PetForums VIP

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    Oh not a reputable breeder then, poor boy taken from his mum much too young :(

    You can start bathing him if you want to.
     
  16. lorilu

    lorilu PetForums VIP

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    No. He doesn't need baths. You risk chilling him, and drying out his skin. Cats are self cleaning. Start grooming him with a soft brush now, that's all.
     
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