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    Do you bathe your cat?

    Do you bathe your cat? If so, how often?

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    Actually my cat "bathes" my cat

    Meaning that he keeps his silver grey tabby coat immaculate by grooming himself with his tongue. I'm no expert, but my understanding was that baring certain circumstances such as: the cat is too old to care for him/herself; that cat has long matted fur and needs a groomer's attention; the cat gets sprayed by a skunk or into some other mess, they don't need regular baths, as opposed to for example a dog. My cat is indoor only, maybe this makes a difference.

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    Back when I only had cats, I did give them baths, every other month. And I'd change my bed that day too (the bed got changed more often, of course!) I was having lots of allergies and thought the cats were part of that.

    Got dogs, a breed which needs regular bathing, and the cats sighed with relief, ha hahaaa.

    After 4 years I discovered my allergic reaction was due to my laundry detergent! I had used Tide for EVER! One of the dogs was also having major issues and finally I tracked it down to the Tide. I now use a "free" detergent, from Whole Foods. Or use soap nuts, they are wonderful.

    So my cats haven't have baths since December 2006.
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    Given Patch's reaction to baths, nope.

    I prefer to keep my skin intact and the blood INSIDE my capillaries, thank you.
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    Wow, that's awesome you found what you are allergic to. My husband's lip would randomly swell up. I mean he looked like Sabastion off of the Little Mermaid, of course he is the dork I married and sings the songs like Sabastion. Its hilarious. Anyway, his mom thought it was Star causing his lip to swell. (Cat hater) and come to find out, it was my lovely perfume that he loved so much. I quit wearing it and his lip hasn't swelled up again.

    To answer about bathing. I bathed Star a lot when she was younger because she had this funny little habit of playing in her litter box, seriously hunch down and attack passer byes. She stunk. She doesn't like baths much but she tolerates them. As for my 3 kittens, each one of them have had baths, and unintentional ones. I can't hardly take a bath on my own, they hear the water running, and come rushing in, before I am in the tub they are sitting on the ledge with curiosity, so naturally they've fallen in. Silly cats, they haven't learned.


    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom View Post
    Back when I only had cats, I did give them baths, every other month. And I'd change my bed that day too (the bed got changed more often, of course!) I was having lots of allergies and thought the cats were part of that.

    Got dogs, a breed which needs regular bathing, and the cats sighed with relief, ha hahaaa.

    After 4 years I discovered my allergic reaction was due to my laundry detergent! I had used Tide for EVER! One of the dogs was also having major issues and finally I tracked it down to the Tide. I now use a "free" detergent, from Whole Foods. Or use soap nuts, they are wonderful.

    So my cats haven't have baths since December 2006.

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    I bathed my RB kitty Taz way back in the day when we had a horrible flea problem. Otherwise I do not bathe the kitties. Our previous neighbor bathed (and still does I believe) their cats regularly. They are indoor/outdoor cats so I think that's why.
    But I do believe for the most part cats are self-cleaning.
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