Best way to bathe Cats without been clawed to death

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CrazyHamsterdisguisedasatree Sun 04-Aug-13 23:00:01

Ok so doing a huge flea overhaul tomorrow to get rid of the damn things once & for all .
So im going to bathing my cats all five of them with flea shampoo .
I have a bath & a seperate shower , which would I be best using & how best to hold them ?
2 are long haired & the other three should be easier as they are short haired (sp)

Any tips so im not clawed to death would be great thanks

issey6cats Sun 04-Aug-13 23:48:49

i would say i wouldnt be trying to bathe them maybe putting the flea shampoo on a damp cloth and wiping it over them followed by a spot on treatment would be less dangerous, or if you can reach over the top of the shower put cat in the shower cubicle with shampoo on him/her and spray with shower head in your hand from above, this is how i used to bathe my nutty cairn terrier who would kill you if you tried to bathe him

notapizzaeater Sun 04-Aug-13 23:52:12

I once had to bath a kitten in the end I just put her in a pillowcase to protect me and washed her through it. It worked on her no idea about fully grown cats ....

Nagoo Sun 04-Aug-13 23:52:12

Long rubber gloves and thick jumper? I don't think the flea shampoo will work though TBH. The only thing that worked for ours was Stronghold. I suffered for so long before I found that stuff.

I wouldn't even attempt it. Stronghold or Advocate should get rid of the fleas completely in a few days.

GiraffesAndButterflies Mon 05-Aug-13 00:02:02

I wouldn't even try, they will get seriously pissed off and it's not the most foolproof method. I'd go for treating the cats with spot treatment, wash all their bedding, and then put flea powder in the vacuum and vacuum everything in your house that's not a cat.

VenusSurprising Mon 05-Aug-13 00:04:57

I wash my cat every month before I use the spot on. (Advocate)
A few days before I clip her claws. And she's happy enough to go into a basin of warm water with lots of suds - she can't see the water this way. I hold her paws, and she sits happily enough in the warm water, until she notices, that is! I don't use a soap on her, just a bit of baby shampoo in the water.

I then rinse her off with warm water I have in jugs already made up earlier.

I wear a big apron, and a big towel over it and when she's coming out(climbing up me) I just wrap her up in the big towel and dry her off by holding her and rubbing her fur gently. She loves this and is very sweet all wrapped up- this step takes a good ten mins. Then she likes to be combed and brushed and likes to sit on the heater in the sun until she's dry. She licks herself all over, and I comb her fur too. Another ten mins.

Bathing five in a row sounds ambitious.

Maybe just use the advocate spot on!?

Don't forget to bomb your house: there is a spray you can get from the vet that works very well.

All their bedding needs to be boiled and put a flea collar in your Hoover also.

bemybebe Mon 05-Aug-13 00:12:51

Spot on is very effective. Are you suicidal OP? wink

MumnGran Mon 05-Aug-13 00:19:38

Flea shampoo is unlikely to be even faintly as effective as Advocate or Stronghold, so I would agree with all the other comments ....and would save yourself (and the cats) the stress and potential damage.
No treatments will be effective though, unless the whole house is treated with a really effective killer (Indorex from the vet is good, though I think the old NuvanTop was better)

Interesting article here

ravenAK Mon 05-Aug-13 00:40:02

If you really feel you must -I'd have a basin full of warm water ready mixed with the flea shampoo, or a baby bath in the big bath. Running water will spook them.

Wear sturdy gardening gloves & make sure there are lots of old towels ready. Don't expect to do all 5 in one day - after the first two, the others will work out what's going on & hide.

Seriously though, I wouldn't. Flea shampoo is crap - you need proper treatment from the vet. I've previously bathed a long-haired cat who was alive with fleas & also needed her bum giving a good clean after diarrhoea; it would be fair to say that she didn't like it!

Nor did it really shift the fleas - they don't mind water, although you'll manage to drown a few, & the residue of pesticide left behind by flea shampoo might make the cat sick but it won't kill the fleas, or deter new ones from hopping aboard.

Focus on treating the house instead with NuvanTop/Indorex & then get a good flea treatment for the mogs. It's an expensive business but nothing else really works.

colditz Mon 05-Aug-13 01:01:34

Just don't. I once had to bath a cat who covered herself in emulsion paint. I genuinely still have scars.

pooka Mon 05-Aug-13 01:24:44

It's amazing how a cat can expand to get a paw on each edge of the bath. Like inspector gadget. Until they realise that with firm application of claws they can use the person bathing them as a handy ladder to freedom.

Second advocate. Works a treat. Combined with indorex.

Don't do it. It's just not worth it. You've got your life ahead of you. Will somebody please think of the children.

GiraffesAndButterflies Mon 05-Aug-13 05:47:12

Don't do it. It's just not worth it. You've got your life ahead of you. Will somebody please think of the children.

grin agree!!

Damnautocorrect Mon 05-Aug-13 06:31:36

I've never bathed my cat in the 12 /13 years I've owned him. Why would you try?! Frontline will be your friend

pinkmagic1 Mon 05-Aug-13 06:45:22

I once worked in a kennels and cattery with a grooming parlour attached. Occasionally we were asked to wash and groom cats. A wire cage placed in the shower cubicle was the only answer! Good luck!

cozietoesie Mon 05-Aug-13 08:44:32

I did it once, many years ago, from necessity. (A very pale cat had got up a chimney.) Never, ever again.

Think of your family, OP, and get a decent spot on and household spray.

greenhill Mon 05-Aug-13 09:05:56

There isn't a best way grin I don't recommend washing a cat. Use a real flea treatment, as others have suggested.

I once had to hold mine down and shower the rear end, due to an upset tummy and long fur. Even with long sleeves, rubber gloves and a death grip on the back of the neck, I was in a state and he wasn't happy <understatement>

It was over 20 years ago and I still remember the scrabbling of claws and scratched enamel <shudder>

CrazyHamsterdisguisedasatree Mon 05-Aug-13 09:56:03

Pooka grin

I have indorex & frontline & a few flea bombs for good measure smile

They really do need bathing as the long haired ones have all sorts stuck in their fur , I can probably get away without bathing the eldest as he is short haired .
So I guess I am suicidal, wish me luck grin

cozietoesie Mon 05-Aug-13 11:19:41

I'd have the long-haireds clipped (under sedation at the vets if necessary) and then start a grooming regime from fresh. Bathing may not get rid of whatever is stuck on the fur.

cozietoesie Mon 05-Aug-13 11:20:11

Yes - you're suicidal. (Five to bath!)

Tigerblue Mon 05-Aug-13 15:01:02

I wouldn't attempt it either, you are going to struggle to get all of them completely washed. I think it would be much easier to give them a spot on like Frontline Combo, Stronghold or Advocate. If you explain to your vet you have a flea problem with all your cats, hopefully they will prescribe one. You should notice a difference with scratching/nibbling within 2/3 days after the irritation of the last flea bite has gone down.

If you have a bad problem, a couple of flea bombs or spraying around the skirting boards in the rooms they use most might be a good idea in case they are in the flooring.

sashh Mon 05-Aug-13 17:12:55

I'd ask the vet for sedation.

Please film the process

CrazyHamsterdisguisedasatree Mon 05-Aug-13 17:59:38

What would it cost to get them sedated/clipped

JohFlow Mon 05-Aug-13 18:16:05

I wash my cats from time to time. I talk in soothing tones to them the whole time and try to be 'all about business' so that they are not exposed to the water for too long. A firm but (not restraining touch) helps to reassure. Mine tend to keep still but have a good moan initially. I wouldn't do it with five though unless you had some serious help - too much of a marathon!

Washing is not the best way to treat fleas though. Shampoos are not very strong. I tend to use them as a top-up in addition to Advocate (other good brands have been suggested). The advocate is good because it kills fleas wherever the cats go.

The house needs treating separately too. Fleas tend to hatch round the outskirts of room, near skirtings/radiators etc. Flea bombs, house sprays, U.V flea traps can all go some way.

A good flea combing and trapping what you find on a roll of strong, adhesive tape also works. Again, with 5 this would be time-consuming.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 05-Aug-13 19:10:47

I have bathed a cat single handed, Vidal Sassoon wash'N'go if your interested, it wasn't impossible but it wasn't something you looked forward to.

Ring your vet and see how much they want to do it, we had my childhood cats done more than once, one of them was virtually impossible to groom but looked like a little princess.

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