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Old 07-16-2006, 08:22 PM
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I just watched a videomercial on tv for a PetVac. It has a long hose and a separate container for catching the pet hair. The long hose is so the sound of the vacuum doesn't scare your pet. I think they said it was $30. Sort of interesting gadget.
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Old 07-17-2006, 03:24 AM
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I'd love to ahev one of those things, but its something else to take up space.

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Old 07-17-2006, 07:40 AM
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Bathing Cats

I found if you start bathing them when they are younger it is much easier for them to tolerate the water..

I find with a cat, you just want to put them in your kitchen sink, and use the nozzle spray, with a small amount of water going thru..wet them, soap them up...and rinse.

Talk to them all the while..and if you remain calm they might too..lol

Here's How:
  1. Assemble your "tools" next to the kitchen sink: Two thick towels, cat shampoo, conditioner, (for longhaired cats), two large cups or mugs, clean sponge.
  2. Put a rubber shower mat in the bottom of the sink so kitty will not slip and slide.
  3. Run about two to three inches of body temperature water into the sink-- just enough to come up to kitty's belly. Test the water on your wrist, much as you'd test a baby bottle. You should not be able to discern heat or cold.
  4. Place a capful of the cat shampoo in a mug of warm water and mix well, to keep from shocking warm cat flesh with cold shampoo.
  5. Pick up your kitty and lower her gently but quickly into the water, talking calmly to her all the while. Another human helper is optional at this step.
  6. Give her a few minutes to relax to the idea that you aren't going to kill her, all the while talking to her and petting her.
  7. Turn on and test the temperature of the shower spray and holding it right up against the cat's skin, wet her body, taking care not to splash in her face.
  8. When she is well soaked, pour the diluted shampoo evenly over her entire body, again staying away from the head.
  9. Massage the shampoo gently into her fur for several minutes. Now is your chance to give her a full body massage. You may even find that she enjoys it.
  10. Rinse well, using body temperature water and the shower nozzle, stroking it the way you would a brush, in long strokes from the base of her neck down over her tail. You can gently pat some water on her tummy at this time, with your other hand.
  11. Give her several long petting strokes with your hand to slick away excess water, and to test for any remaining soapiness.
  12. Repeat steps 11 and 12 until all evidence of soap is gone. This is the most important process, as soap residue can dry her skin, leaving it vulnerable to rashes and infection.
  13. With a clean, moist sponge, wipe down the back of her head and her muzzle, again being careful to avoid her eyes, ears and mouth.
  14. Using a large bath towel, lift kitty out of the sink and pat her down, using the towel to blot up as much water as possible.
  15. Repeat step 13, using another clean towel, then leave her alone to continue the drying process by herself. Don't forget the praise!
Tips:
  1. If your cat won't tolerate the shower spray, use a large measuring cup to pour the water over her in steps 7 and 11, taking care not to splash.
  2. If your cat is cool with it, you can use a hair dryer set on low to speed up the drying process. This is helpful with longhairs, but don't brush until completely dry.
  3. Although not necessary, diluted cream rinse may be applied after the first rinsing, then thoroughly rinsed out.
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Old 07-20-2006, 08:58 PM
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It was interesting to read all the suggestions, but I don't believe Sambo would tolerate any baths well. I think about the only time I would break down to go through the experience would be like the one time I did~~~
if he got some real offending substance on him. It would be that,or his new home would be outdoors all the time. LOL! He is not like Kali. She loves to be held, and loved. He does not tolerate being held much for any reason. I can pet him, and brush him, but after just so much, he wants out!
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Old 07-23-2006, 08:36 PM
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We have a new addition, Cat-Cat. My Granddaughter and daughter actually added this one to our family! She is sweet tempered and loaded with energy. Hershey has finally accepted her- but it took a couple of weeks!
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Old 07-23-2006, 08:44 PM
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Cat-Cat is beautiful! Enjoy!
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Old 07-23-2006, 10:50 PM
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Cat-Cat is a cutie. Reminds me of the ones we saw at the pet shop last week. There were three little black ones in the cage and they were playing with dd and myself.
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Old 07-24-2006, 06:21 AM
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What a cutie! She looks like she could be "trouble"!
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Old 07-24-2006, 06:50 AM
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I want to get another kitty but I'm afraid that Rusty would terrorize it.

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Old 07-24-2006, 08:53 AM
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We use to bathe Keisha all the time. In fact there is a pix floating around here on the net that shows her in a sink with my hubby's hands nearby she was just standing there waiting for what came next while I took the pix. She was a great cat and I sure miss her. She was a white persian.
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