Monday, February 12, 2007

Yes, Virginia...


...you can indeed bathe cats. With great difficulty. Using a method that involves two fully clothed humans standing in a shower stall, in order to wash one small kitten. Some clawing took place, although thankfully, not too much. And the end result is one absolutely miserable cat.

But she smells really nice. And her fur is soft and smooth and sleek; not dusty or dirty at all from her various explorations behind our appliances. So in the end, it was worth it.

(Yes, those are my feet in the picture, and I am wearing ancient pajama pants.)

11 comments:

Catherine Avril Morris said...

Hee hee. Love that photo. :)

barista brat said...

i'm sure zoe will forgive you soon!

did you cut her nails as well?

Gina Black said...

When we washed our cat (The Pooh) he went totally catatonic. It was the best demonstration of the word I'd ever seen.

cm allison said...

I've always washed my cats in the kitchen sink. Has that nice spray hose, I don't have to bend over, and after a bath or two, can usually do by myself. I just just one hand to FIRMLY grasp the front legs, and let them wiggle and move as needed the first time. Other hand is the wash, rinse hand. (First time, sometimes need hubby's assitance.) Works for me. Hopefully your next time will be easier. They do forgive you, after awhile. Pre pare to be snubbed for a day or two.

cm allison said...

I've always washed my cats in the kitchen sink. Has that nice spray hose, I don't have to bend over, and after a bath or two, can usually do by myself. I just just one hand to FIRMLY grasp the front legs, and let them wiggle and move as needed the first time. Other hand is the wash, rinse hand. (First time, sometimes need hubby's assitance.) Works for me. Hopefully your next time will be easier. They do forgive you, after awhile. Prepare to be snubbed for a day or two.

Jenny Rappaport said...

cm allison, yeah, that's why we washed her in the shower because it has the handheld shower massager. So we could take it down and spray her with it.

We decided that both the bathtub and the kitchen sink were bad ideas, as she would be climbing out of them in two seconds flat. And even in the shower, when I first turned on the water, after she was in there with me (not even turning the water towards her, at this point), she started flipping out. And she started jumping, the highest I've ever seen her jump, in straight vertical jumps that were easily above my waistline (I'm 5'3"). I had to turn the water off because I was terrified that she was going to land on the wet shower floor and break her neck.

So that's when we decided that Chris needed to come into the shower and help as well, and he managed to restrain her, while I wet her down and shampooed her. She was most unhappy.

Jenny Rappaport said...

Oh and yes, we trimmed her claws on Saturday. That was much easier... we got one paw done when she was fully awake and being held by Chris. And then she didn't want to have her other three paws done, so we waited until she was half-asleep on our bed, and one of us petted her, while the other one trimmed her claws. It was a much easier method, that way.

Anonymous said...

We had a puss that used to like to sit on the edge of the bath when someone was in it. One day she fell in... I'll leave the rest to your imagination

Kimber An said...

Poor kitty. But, now she's clean and you've got in some good practice on how to be a mommy should you ever choose that course in life. ;)

I have a question about the publication business. I was just reading about Exclusives at Miss Snark's and how they stink. A couple of entries later, she talks about how bad it is for an author to go with an agent who hasn't been working with her on revisions.

First of all, I didn't think agents worked with authors on revisions until AFTER the contract is signed. This is the reason - she might sign with someone else.

Second of all, how is the author supposed to know if the agent is serious about signing her if she hasn't already?

I'm not leaning either way. I'm just confused. Thanks, Jenny!
:o)

Tess said...

LOL - the drowned rat look is always sooooo attractive. But as you said, once they're dry, they do smell/look nice :-)

We keep meaning to catch our little one while she's sleeping to trim her claws, but she's always up somewhere too high for us to reach her. Smart kitty. (The older one was declawed before we adopted her).

resurrectedwarrior said...

*cackles*

Our cat, Mouse, has had weekly baths since he was old enough to bathe (a few weeks old). The reason? My mom and I are alergic to cat dander.

Mouse is fairly well-behaved about his baths, though he does yowl a lot. And he /hates/ getting towel-dried! Does Zoe shake her paws when she first gets out of the bath? Mouse does, and it's hilarious!