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10/8/11 2:34 P

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From what I've read cats as a rule do not need bathing. It can dry their skin out and make shedding worse. I wold as your Dr. about some allergy medicine or over the counter kind. I heard Claratin is good for animal allergies. I understand your attachment to your kitties.I have asthma and I listened to one doctor years ago and gave my sweet little girl kitty away and I was the same with or without the cat. I was devastated. I have since had other cats and have one now and they have caused me no problems. I wish you all the best in finding what works for you.

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10/5/11 12:54 P

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How often should you bathe a cat?

My cat is an indoor cat. I give her a bath, but infrequently because I don't want to freak her out a lot. As sweet as my cat is, she DOES NOT like it at all! It's funny that she like to play in her water bowl but she does not like a bath. At least she doesn't claw my eyeballs out.

What I do is try to soothe her best I can by talking very gently to her the whole time. And I try not to take too long -- I like to get it over with as quick as I can to spare her any anxiety. Then when I dry her off, I will hold her close in the towel and cuddle her and tell how good she did and try to calm her down. I feel bad for her when she keeps meowing plaintively and shivering. :( But she seems to recuperate from it pretty quickly, and doesn't seem to hold a grudge, especially if I play with her or give her treats afterwards. :)

That reminds me, I am planning to give her a bath this weekend. I need to trim her nails beforehand, that way if she scratches me the scratches won't be as bad. :)

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10/5/11 1:15 A

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We bathe our cats-- they do not like it much but only when needed!! It is a 2 person job for sure!

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10/4/11 9:54 A

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Is it possible the brush you use has bristles that are too hard? There are nubby gloves and stuff like that (rubber) that really grip and pull away loose hair, but are easier on kitty's skin.

One in particular that comes to mind is called "The Love Glove."

Maybe something like that could work?

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10/1/11 7:21 A

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Thanks for all the responses. Here is more information... my cats are only indoor cats. The only time they go outdoors is when I take them to the vet and they go in a carrier. I have tried so many types of brushes and they still do not sit still with any of them. They are very active cats and the female cat especially does not like to be held unless we are standing up holding her since she likes high places. The male cat loves to be cuddled but still will not sit still to be groomed. The male cat has short hair but still sheds like crazy and the female cat had medium hair and also sheds but usually not as bad as her brother. My cats turned a year old in August. I will find a way to keep them. It seems I just need to struggle with grooming them. Maybe once doing it on a regular basis they will sit stiller at least I can only hope that happens.

Thanks for all the input!

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CD1951302 Posts: 44,306
9/30/11 4:41 P

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Do you let your cats out? I am wondering if part of it could also be that they are bringing in allergens from outside at this time of the year.

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9/30/11 3:51 P

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If your cats haven't been bathed before, then I wouldn't recommend it because they will most likely hate it. I would recommend trying to brush them regularly and make sure you vacuum the floors and furniture regularly as well. My fiance has allergies, so when we get married and live together I plan to keep up with grooming my cats as much as possible to help with his allergies.

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9/30/11 3:33 P

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If your cats don't tolerate grooming well, they defnitely won't tolerate bathing! It would be traumatic to force it on them. My vote is to look for the wipes mentioned below.

I have eight cats, and I only ever bathe any of them if they get sick and are actually dirty. I have a method I use that, so far, has resulted in no injuries, but I have a few cats with whom I wouldn't even try it.

Whatever you decide, good luck. I hope you can keep your kitties!

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9/30/11 12:11 P

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I've never had my cat's groomed, but my cats love to be brushed. I can just tap the brush on the ground and they will come running. Is it possible your brush is a style that hurts them. Maybe a different one would be better. At one point when I was younger, my mom adopted 2 long haired persians who could not keep themselves clean and untangled, so my mom had them shaved like lions--so they had manes and hair at the end of the tail and feet. It really helped keep them clean and they felt nice. I'm sure something like that would help with alergies. It takes 4-6 months to grow back in. I think our vet might have done it for her...

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9/30/11 11:54 A

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There are wipes on the market but I've never tried them. It may be worth looking into. Some groomers take cats but again, I don't use them. I did buy a vacuum that has a pet hair attachment and that helps a lot. Good luck.

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9/30/11 11:15 A

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Thanks for the responses so far. Not sure how well my two cats would handle bathing however they love playing in the tub, but that's without water in it, lol. Is there anyway to get them to sit still and enjoy being groomed? It is a project to get them groomed. I get them groomed the best I can though, but if they sit still I could do a better job.

My significant other has talked about getting rid of the cats due to my allergies, but I am just trying to find other ways to decrease my allergies. I do not want to get rid of them. They are too cute and adorable and has helped with my depression. I love my two cats and refuse to give them up. I know my significant other is just trying to look out for me, but no way am I getting rid of them. My allergies are tolerable most of the time. Finding out that just by keeping them groomed so they do not shed like crazy helps.

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9/30/11 9:49 A

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Well, in my experience it helps, but it can also increase dander if you have a shampoo that causes their skin to dry out, so be careful of that. I used to have a roommate who was alergic but really wanted me to get a cat, so I did, but then I did my best to not make her life miserable...

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Wish I could help, but I just groom my Cleo, she hates water, and would find a way to drown me if I put her in it.

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9/30/11 9:37 A

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I have realized while having cats that when the two of them start to shed a lot then my allergies act up more. I read an article somewhere that says to help decrease allergies try bathing them once a week. I have not bathed them at all so was wondering what others thoughts were and if I should be bathing them on a regular basis like once a week? I try to groom them once or twice a week however they do not like being groomed (constantly tries to get loose) even though they love being petted. It is such a chore to groom them and I use a de-shedding tool. Afterwards I spray them with some stuff that helps to control shedding which helps. I do notice my allergies are better after grooming them though just wish they would sit still when I groom them. They dislike their nails to be clipped even.

So I guess I want advice on whether or not to start bathing my cats on a weekly/regular basis or just work on grooming them on a regular basis? These are my first indoor cats so needing advice please! Thanks!!!

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