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Title: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: Dr. F. on February 11, 2013, 06:41:13 PM
This was vaguely inspired by the cat-bathing thread. I never bathed any of my cats (unless they were quite small kittens), but I have had a couple of similar experiences that are possibly unique in human history. I thought it might be fun to share these.

I have Mexican hairless dogs. I have an inordinate fondness for Ethiopian food. Once, I made a pound of butter's worth of niter kibbeh, a clarified spiced butter used extensively in Ethiopian cooking. My idiot dog, Lucas, the one who can't keep his paws to himself, managed to overturn the container of still-liquid butter over himself in the kitchen.

I am probably the only person to ever try to catch a spiced-butter-covered hairless dog in the kitchen to give him a bath before he made himself sick licking off all that butter. A greased pig has nothing on it - Lucas is fast and agile! He was determined to get as much of the butter as possible. I also had two other dogs in there trying to lick the floor (and walls), but were fortunately not covered in butter.

I had to make more niter kibbeh. And scrub the kitchen and all 3 dogs.
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: Kimblee on February 11, 2013, 07:54:20 PM
I'm crying laughing at this.

I have chihuahuas who take their baths pretty well, but make me feel guilty because they look so small and shakey.

But we had a cat named [female dog] who not only hated water but she loved to roll on gross things. So she had to be bathed weekly. This was awful... until she decided she liked getting in the shower with me. I'd keep her shampoo with me and give her a squirt and a scrub while she was trying to kill the rubber duckie.
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: blue2000 on February 11, 2013, 07:56:17 PM
Hehe. I bet the dogs are still talking about the great butter caper.  ;D

As for my own furbabies - the apartment I used to live in had bad screening, and lots of bugs got in. I put up a fly strip for a while one summer. For those who are not familiar, it is a long strip of sticky paper you hang from the ceiling.

My younger cat likes to run to meet me when I come in the door. I came home from an overnight trip and... no cat. Called him. No cat. I was just about to panic when he came out of the bedroom, tail between his legs, looking absolutely pathetic and depressed - with the fly strip wound around him. Somehow he had managed to jump up and grab it and get completely tangled up in it. I had a heck of a time trying to get it off him, and then scrub the remaining sticky stuff out of his fur.

He did learn to stay away from them, though...
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: glacio on February 11, 2013, 08:58:14 PM
My step-kitty loves to o out
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: glacio on February 11, 2013, 09:07:32 PM
My step-kitty loves to go outside in the west Texas desert. My boyfriend (hence"step-kitty") feels the need to give her a bath every few weeks because of that. There are now two long sets of claw marks in his parents' bathroom because she really, really doesn't like showers. The wall is a darker shade of brown so the marks are really obvious. It's pretty funny although the marks on my boyfriend weren't so funny.
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: JoW on February 11, 2013, 09:37:06 PM
My dogs have all died of old age.  But in their younger days they were very protective and not particularly intelligent.  There are skunks in this area.  There is a recipe for a skunk scent removal shampoo that includes 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide and 1 box of baking soda.

Which explains my emergency trip to the 24-hour grocery at 11pm to buy 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide and 1 bottle of baking soda. 
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: atirial on February 12, 2013, 08:28:37 AM
Definiely Matilda. I got home from work to find the cat waiting for me - blood red from head to toe and dripping. She saw me and ran, so thinking she had hurt herself I followed the footprints to under the bed. Two small resentful eyes peered out.

It wasn't blood. DH had had sardines in tomato sauce. Miss Moggy had been bin raiding, which was why she ran when she saw me. She came out, licked clean, a couple of hours later, but I had to clean the pawprints off the floor.
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: AylaM on February 12, 2013, 09:10:03 AM
When we first moved in, the cat needed a bath because the long trip on the plane meant she had peed all over herself.

She's pretty good about letting us play with her feet so I clipped her nails first and then put her in the tub with about two inches of water.  So I didn't get all busted up, and the biggest problem was her trying to escape.  It was pretty easy until I tried to get the soap off of her stomach.  She kept squirming or laying down.  So eventually I gave up and when she laid down, I pushed her whole body around, rubbing her tummy on the bottom of the tub.

I learned three things that day:
1.  Our cat can do an amazing air-raid horn impression
2.  The bottom of the tub makes a pretty good washboard
3.  Kitties, when properly lubricated, are capable of sliding on their stomachs like penguins
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: Nikko-chan on February 12, 2013, 09:29:03 AM
When we first moved in, the cat needed a bath because the long trip on the plane meant she had peed all over herself.

She's pretty good about letting up play with her feet so I clipped her nails first and then put her in the tub with about two inches of water.  So I didn't get all busted up, and the biggest problem was her trying to escape.  It was pretty easy until I tried to get the soap off of her stomach.  She kept squirming or laying down.  So eventually I gave up and when she laid down, I pushed her while body around, rubbing her tummy on the bottom of the tub.

I learned three things that day:
1.  Our cat can do an amazing air-raid horn impression
2.  The bottom of the tub makes a pretty good washboard
3.  Kitties, when properly lubricated, are capable of sliding on their stomachs like penguins

*Snicker*
That is priceless.
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: squeakers on February 12, 2013, 11:58:11 AM
My big dog hates getting a bath but once in the tub just gives up and gets it over with.  This year she surprised me by actually jumping into the tub instead of me having to hoist her into it.

I have one cat that will come into the bathroom when I am taking a bath and swish his paw around trying to catch my toes.  He also likes to eat the bubbles.

Another cat comes in when I am showering, gets on the rim of the tub and yowls.  I think she is announcing that the crazy lady is actually getting *wet* again.

Our cockatoo loved our old-old house because the shower was in the basement.  So all of the piping was exposed and he could hang upside like a bat with his wings spread and just sort of mist himself.  New house is a regular shower so the only way to bathe him is to get in the shower with him.  Otherwise if you just try holding him under the spray or set him in the tub he either climbs out or climbs up the shower curtain and gets on the rod.  And then gets bitey because he is taller than you.

He gave me a scare once.  I got up and uncovered his cage and saw blood all over his cage.  Finding a vet that does birds is pretty hard around here but we talked one into letting us bring him by.  At the least we would get the poor bird euthanised and he wouldn't suffer.

I scrambled around getting his travel cage ready, getting clothes on and getting my husband ready to do the driving.  As I walked through the living room for the millionth time I spied the wrapper of a large amount of Redvine licorice.  I stopped and asked one of the boys "When did we get those?" "Dad brought them home last night.  You were sleeping.  The bird sure loved eating them!" *head desk* Yeah.. it wasn't blood it was the red dye. The vet's receptionist got a big laugh about that.
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: Dorrie78 on February 12, 2013, 01:28:45 PM
I decided to bathe my cat once because I was bringing her to my parents for Christmas and my sister was going to be there and she is terribly allergic, so I thought I would wash away the extra dander! So, I acquired some cat shampoo, changed into an old tee shirt, got an old towel, gathered up the cat and shut us into my bathroom. I run a couple of inches of warm water in the tub and grab the reluctant cat. The battle commenced and it was epic. She fought hard. I fought back. The battled raged and ultimately I did win. I realized after that despite her frantic fight, she never once used her claws or teeth. At the end of it, we were both soaking wet and I was covered with gray fur (she sheds when she gets anxious). I dried her in the towel, even blew dry her a little and all was well. She forgave me almost immediately.

I kind of think that she decided to "fight fair" and not bring out the true weapons.

And I don't plan to bathe her again any time soon...
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: misha412 on February 12, 2013, 04:05:34 PM
CRUD MONKEYS!...I am laughing so hard!!

My cat bath story was about 20 years ago. My cat, Inky, got outside and rolled in some sticky tar like stuff. She had to have a bath to get it off before she started licking it. I thought kitchen sink would work. I run a couple of inches of water in the sink and made sure I had baby shampoo and towels nearby.

Go pick up cat and put in sink. Cat explodes out of sink and latches on to mini-blind. Down comes cat and mini-blind. Grab cat and put blind on counter.

Put cat back into sink. Second cat explosion out of sink. She start scrambling around and her back claw catches the edge of the silverware drawer. Out goes the drawer and it hits the floor. Forks, spoons, and knives everywhere. Keep hold of cat, but end up with floor full of silverware.

Third time, cat into sink. No explosion since I had a steel lock on her scruff and a bit of help from my mom. Next 5-10 minutes we get a serenade of cat screaming and growling.

Finally get her clean and rinsed off. She goes running out of the kitchen and is not seen for four hours. She is heard though growling any time someone came into the bedroom where she was hiding.
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: Nikko-chan on February 12, 2013, 07:15:44 PM
Finally get her clean and rinsed off. She goes running out of the kitchen and is not seen for four hours. She is heard though growling any time someone came into the bedroom where she was hiding.

She was growling because she was talking to you in cat talk. She was saying "I know where you sleep." :)
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: misha412 on February 12, 2013, 08:06:57 PM
Finally get her clean and rinsed off. She goes running out of the kitchen and is not seen for four hours. She is heard though growling any time someone came into the bedroom where she was hiding.

She was growling because she was talking to you in cat talk. She was saying "I know where you sleep." :)

I actually slept with one eye open that night expecting retaliation at any moment.  ;D

I miss that cat even today. She lived to about 20 years old. I lost her in 2008 when she had a stroke and had to be put down. I had her from an 8-week old feral kitten.
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: Shakira on February 12, 2013, 08:30:03 PM
One Sunday morning, DH and I were awakened by our kitty Stuey. He jumped onto the bed as usual for his morning cuddles. We were petting him when we noticed he felt sort of....slimy. DH pulled his hand back and sniffed it. "It's laundry soap!" he says. We went down to the laundry room, where we discovered that Stuey had knocked down a jug of liquid laundry soap, it exploded, and apparently he thought the best thing to do would be to roll around in it.

Cue us getting out of bed before 7am to bathe a cat. Thankfully we have a detachable shower head which makes cat-bathing far easier. And we didn't have to add any soap! DH held him while I scrubbed and rinsed. The soap was so concentrated that it took nearly 20 minutes of rinsing before the bubbles were gone! The whole time Stuey was moaning like a fog horn about what horrible humans he has.  ::)
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: athersgeo on February 13, 2013, 03:37:22 AM
This didn't happen to us (fortunately), but to friends of ours.

They'd always thought their cat (Hornby) was a male...until the Sunday morning SHE got into bed with them and proceeded to give birth to kittens...

Then there was Ghost-Kitty.

We were having our water tank replaced. Now, we'd WARNED the plumber that our Felix was a climber, but he clearly hadn't believed us as he left the ladder leading up into the loft (where the tank was) unattended while he did something else. He eventually packed up, closed up the loft and left (job finished).

Later on in the day, we started to wonder where the cat was, but didn't give it too much thought because she was a cat who was perfectly capable of disappearing for a day, particularly if we had workmen in (she HATED most strange men). She'd turn up when it was dinner time.

Then, roughly mid afternoonish, it started. The banshee wail of a Siamese trapped somewhere. (Did I mention the cat was part Siamese? She was. A tuxedo-wearing one, true, but a Siamese in all the most important ways. Especially vocally!) We looked. She wasn't on the doorstep (her usual place to howl); she wasn't trapped in the conservatory; she wasn't wedged under a bed or wandering up and down the landing looking lost (big house; she occasionally misplaced her humans); she hadn't got stuck in the bathroom (she could let herself into the bathroom but not always out of it again)...

It was our other cat sitting directly beneath the loft trapdoor that finally gave her position away: she'd snuck up into the loft while the plumber had been elsewhere and he hadn't subsequently seen her because a mostly black cat doesn't show up in a mostly dark loft! When we finally released her, she was absolutely covered in cobwebs and rather pointedly ignored all of us for the next hour - because clearly it was all OUR fault she'd got stuck up there!
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: Gyburc on February 13, 2013, 07:16:33 AM
I've never had to bathe a cat, thank heavens, but I did on a couple of occasions have to bathe a duck.

Yes, that's right. A duck with a fear of water.  ::)

My duck Lucy has always been somewhat strange. A couple of years ago, when she was still quite young, she suddenly decided that she wasn't going to get into the water to wash and preen herself. She waddled around the garden looking really cross and uncomfortable, with all her feathers fluffed out, and she would stand next to the water and make 'washing' movements, but she would. not. get. in. (In hindsight, I think she was probably getting jumped on by the drake every time she tried to wash.)

After about a day of this, I decided enough was enough, so I chased her down - no mean feat, she can corner really fast - grabbed her up and popped her into the water, whereupon she flapped about in panic and then ran away again. I chased her down again, and this time I held her in the water and started scooping water over her. She decided that this was acceptable, and joined in with gusto, leaving me covered in ducky water.  :P She also managed to preen one of my fingers instead of her pinion, which hurt like the dickens.

Ducks are weird.


Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: Kimblee on February 13, 2013, 08:17:16 PM
This didn't happen to us (fortunately), but to friends of ours.

They'd always thought their cat (Hornby) was a male...until the Sunday morning SHE got into bed with them and proceeded to give birth to kittens...

I have a similar story but I'm gonna pop over to the Gross-Out thread to share it...

@Gyburc: Too funny. You left my abs hurting because I could see my geese doing the same.
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: Miss Tickle on February 13, 2013, 11:36:59 PM
The neighbour's cat was overwhelmed by string.

We trained our cats to follow us outside to the garden by using a harness and the neighbour wanted to do the same, but whenever he put the harness on his cat it would collapse. Poor thing would not move, just lay there like a dead thing. He'd drag the cat around for a bit then give up. It didn't take long to figure out the harness didn't need to be hooked up, just on him, then to anything laying across his back or around his neck. If the cat could feel and see something laying on him he'd flop and stay there until we removed it. Xmas was amusing that year.
Title: Re: s/o cat bathing - weirdest experiences?
Post by: snowfire on February 14, 2013, 12:15:45 AM
Kitty caught in the fly strip reminded me:  About 10 years ago a friend's mare had gotten tangled up with a fly strip in the barn...a well used fly strip.  She was totally covered with incredibly sticky goo and dead flies.  She was also being taken to be bred that night.  After reading the directions on the fly strip package I went off to the store to by a big jug of mineral oil and a bigger jug of cheap shampoo.  Four hours of rubbing mineral oil into the fly strip gunk and shampooing it out, then repeating.  It was exhausting, and I really hated dealing with sticky dead bugs.  I think she got something like ten oil/shampoo combos that day, but she was so sparkly clean at the end I hardly wanted to let her out because I knew she would love to roll in the dust.  We did manage to keep her shiny until the next day.  She was a gorgeous ink black Arabian with a perfect white star on her forehead.  When I was done with her that day she looked like polished patent leather and silver...and I looked like a soggy dishrag.