How to bathe a cat

  1. Our cat has went outise and gotten motor oil?? all over him. He's a white cat and actually it looks more like a spikey black mohawk. So after much procrastination, I tried to bathe him.

    When I attempt this I put socks on my hands and wear a long sleeve shirt. He ripped that shirt to pieces. It was a lot of fun. So now his spikey black mohawk is grey.

    Any suggestions on how to give a cat a bath or how to get the oil off of him? Or will it just wear off.


    Thanks for any suggestions.

    Sincerely,
    the ripped to pieces member
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    OMG, I don't know how to remove oil but I have tried to bathe a cat before and it's not easy.

    I feel for you.
  4. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by FROGGYLEGS
    Our cat has went outise and gotten motor oil?? all over him. He's a white cat and actually it looks more like a spikey black mohawk. So after much procrastination, I tried to bathe him.

    When I attempt this I put socks on my hands and wear a long sleeve shirt. He ripped that shirt to pieces. It was a lot of fun. So now his spikey black mohawk is grey.

    Any suggestions on how to give a cat a bath or how to get the oil off of him? Or will it just wear off.


    Thanks for any suggestions.

    Sincerely,
    the ripped to pieces member
    Froggylegs...I just wanted to say hello & tell you that I really enjoyed reading about your cat & you giving him a bath! I can just picture a white cat with black motor oil on him! Heehee. Wow..I only gave a cat a bath one time...and I really got scratched...however, that was a good idea to wear socks..I wasn't at the time. Is there anyone else at home to help you wash him...at least they could help hold him. Good luck!
  5. by   Mkue
    http://www.catworld.co.uk/articlecat...RTID=982&pre=1

    I don't know if this will help but you can try it.
  6. by   Mkue
    www.fabcats.org/is31.html

    This might be more helpful.
  7. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Well I made it out alive anyway. The socks really help. I picked up on that after my first attempt at washing him a while back. He rather likes to bury his claws into whatever he can get hold of and hang on for dear life.

    I think I came out pretty good with only one set of claw marks on my chest. Maybe I should go to the ED and see if I can't make it to the "lame patient awards" thread. Just kidding.

    Most of it is gone now. He got washed in L'Oreal Fresh Vive. The GoJO or Goop (isn't that what it's called) that MKUE's post led to would've probably been much better.

    That cat in the story must be awfully docile. My cat prefers to be dirty. Bath time = take no prisoners.
  8. by   Mkue
    Glad you made it out alive !

  9. by   donmurray
    Is it vanity when you quote your own posts? But I couldn't help it!

    A better cat bath:

    1. Thoroughly clean the toilet.

    2. Add an amount of shampoo to the water in the bowl, and have both lids
    lifted.

    3. Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him toward the bathroom.

    4. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids
    (you may need to stand on the lid so that he cannot escape). You will hear
    a tremendous washing action provided by the cat. CAUTION: Do not get any
    part of your body close to the gap under the lid.

    5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power wash and
    rinse."

    6. Have someone open the door to the outside and ensure that there are no
    people between the toilet and the outside door.

    7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

    8. The now-clean cat will rocket out of the toilet, and run outside where
    he will dry himself. Relations may be strained for a few days.

    NOTE: For small cats or kittens, Step 5 should be omitted.
  10. by   nowplayingEDRN
    donmurray....



    That was the precise article I was looking for.....hehehehehehe. I almost scared my patient, I laughed so hard.

    Froggylegs, I am glad kitty is fresh and clean and you basically made it out unscathed except for a few scratches.
  11. by   gwenith
    Don murray I came close to that in real life - Used to live in a duplex and I had a cat.so I had a cat hole - unfortunately same was found by a roving Tom cat that not only snuck in and ate my cats food but "Sprayed" teh house. I had caught hime a couple of times and cahsed him out - kept coming back. Finally I cornered him and got him by the scruf of the neck so - what to do? I wanted to frighten him enough to stop him returning but not hurt him. So I turned on teh shower stuck the cat under it for about 0.02 of a second before he teleported out of my hand across the living room and THROUGH a screen window!

    Never snuck inside again.
  12. by   Ortho_RN
    I guess I'm lucky, my 17lb cat just stands there and meows the whole time hehe Heck he will jump in the tub himself...

    When I worked at the Vet Clinic, we had a metal grate like thing that we just laid it the tub and it was slanted, so the cat was more concerned about slipping off of that they hung on to it for dear life and let you bathe them.... That worked for most.. Many however didn't care.. They just went NUTs.... Sedation worked really well for those
  13. by   Mkue
    Don that is funny:chuckle
  14. by   nursenoelle
    don that was hilarious

    nurs2b- good gravy 17 lbs. !!

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