Are you supposed to give cats a bath ?

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    Beth23 Member

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    I noticed some people mentioning they give their cats a bath. Growing up my parents used to tell us not to do that because its bad for them. Maybe they just didnt want us to pester the cats.

    They only time I ever gave any of our cats a bath was when my old cat Misty got sprayed by a skunk. It was not an easy task to perform and both my husband and I ended up with bites, scratches and smelling like the cat.

    Don't cats generally clean themselves ?

    Beth
    Beth23, Aug 15, 2012
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    Jessi Well-Known Member

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    There is absolutely no reason to regularly bathe your cat. You're right....they do that themselves. Sometimes there are exceptions, like what you mentioned or a flea dip, etc.
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    I would never give my cats a bath. Besides the fact that they are indoor cats, they do clean themselves. However, my little Phoebe is a Bengal, and Bengals actually like to play in the bath tub, and they sometimes like it when you run the water. After you shut it off, they will stare at the drain as the water drains.
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    I give my cats baths every once in a while. I used to have a cat that went outside and he'd come back covered in dirt and/or burs, some of which he just couldn't get out himself. He never had too big of an issue with me doing so, but my current cat won't allow me to bathe her whatsoever. She'll freak out, claw every bit of you she can reach, and run as far away from the bath as she can get. She does let me spot clean her in the sink if she does get into stuff though.
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    Depends on the type of cat you have. If it's a regular cat, it can usually keep itself clean. If it's one of those long-haired breeds, then a bath is something necessary. If you teach your cats to take baths since they are kittens, they can do it without too much fuss. Or scratching.
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    Bloomsie New Member

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    As some have mentioned, it depends on the type of cat that you have. I would recommend it because it helps rid of fleas and keeps them from licking any particles that end up on their fur from around the house.
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    Jessi Well-Known Member

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    If your cats are infested with fleas, then a flea dip bath could certainly help. Once you get rid of them, though, then you should take preventative measures so that they don't get them again. And then you won't need to bathe them for that reason either.
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    I give them baths, not regularly, but occasionally. For example, when Bandit is sick, he tends to get a few Dangle Berries...if you will, so I ususally give him a bath. Pussington has been having issues with ear wax and Feline Acney, so I am giving her medicine for those which bring the gunk out of her ears. I don't want her eating that, so I will bath her.

    Also in summer due to my cats thick coat, some days they will hide in the bath and I know they are too warm, so I will put them into a (not very) cold bath, that will cool them down and make them happier.
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    I like to bathe my bob from time to time, I think my in laws never do it tho. Or maybe not during winter. The line. ''but they bath themselves'' isn't enough for me. I bathe my Bob at least once every 2 months, he doesn't mind it that much anymore, of course that doesn't mean he likes it either :p
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