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 Post subject: how often to bathe?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:13 pm 
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i went to a big cat show and talked to the Persian breeders there- they all said they bathe their show cats weekly and recommend bathing pets ever 2-3 weeks. I have gotten my kitten used to the every other Friday routine and now he just stands inthe kitchen sink with his head resting on the counter and allows me to get it done. I use my hair dryer on low setting and he just rolls around letting me dry him. he is such an adorable little munchkin and loves to get in your face when he's clean, dry and fluffy.


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 Post subject: Re: how often to bathe?
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LUCKY. Puffy gets a bath about every three weeks. But she will NEVER sit still while I blow dry her; she hates it. I'm lucky if I get her half dry. Then she licks for about four hours... such a pain :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: how often to bathe?
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I can proudly say that I have never bathed one of my Persians or Persian mixes. I want to live! :D

Seriously, I have thought about doing it, but never got it done. I don't show cats, so I'm not sure why I would do bathe them, as my two fuzzy ones rarely mat. (Maggie is just getting to fuzzy.)

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Mine are not show cats either. I leave the bathing to people who don't worry about their lives! LOL Seriously, I had to do a bum bath last night and he ripped my arms to shreds and put a hole in my shirt! I trim the fur under his tail to avoid this but it got away from me while moving.

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wow, you've never bathed them? Not even taken them to a groomer?
I find Pumpkin matts very easily when she's not frequently bathed, like ridiculously easy, so I do the whole bathing thing..

And I do have a life, it just revolves around my babies for the most part =p
totally not a people person...

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Misha, aka Crisco-the-kid, goes to a groomer every two weeks. He is a well behaved boy when he is being bathed, thank goodness. I am fortunate to live in a small community so the grooming costs are reasonable.

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Mine are rescues and could never be show cats either, so I don't bother to bathe them. Since his last lion cut (a year ago February), Humphrey has had no significant mat problems. I took him to a groomer in March and she found no mats. I just wanted his coat thinned out a bit. Bogart seems to have a poor quality coat, more dry than oily to be sure. I sometimes call him Scragglepuss. He is more prone to mats because he gets tiny knots. I suspect it may be a nutritional problem. I took him to a groomer in February and she got rid of his mats. Since then, he hasn't had a matting problem. I think I found one mat. They have become more fastidious as they grew up to adult cats. End of confession.

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Pumpy-umpy-umpkin wrote:
wow, you've never bathed them? Not even taken them to a groomer?
I find Pumpkin matts very easily when she's not frequently bathed, like ridiculously easy, so I do the whole bathing thing..

And I do have a life, it just revolves around my babies for the most part =p
totally not a people person...


Nope, I've never bathed them. And the nearest groomer who does cats is 60 miles away, so no groomers either. I'm glad I don't have to because I'd rather snuggle with them than wrestle them. :P

I think there's two main factors. One is the type of hair, although Spencer and Isabel have different types, so that doesn't make sense. :? The other factor is diet. The skin is one of the largest 'organs' for elimination of toxins. With food being a major source of toxins, and my food being low on the toxic scale, they don't develop a lot of grease, etc.

As for not being a people person, neither am I. If I didn't need money to buy my house and food for the cats, I could easily be a hermit. Or the Crazy Cat Lady of Flamingo Heights!!! :D (That's my goal in life. Getting close now.... )

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 Post subject: Re: how often to bathe?
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I think there's two main factors. One is the type of hair, although Spencer and Isabel have different types, so that doesn't make sense. The other factor is diet. The skin is one of the largest 'organs' for elimination of toxins. With food being a major source of toxins, and my food being low on the toxic scale, they don't develop a lot of grease, etc.


That's interesting what you wrote, LindaH, aspiring Crazy Cat Lady. My groomer commented that both my cats had dry fur. I can't even imagine what you mean by greasy fur. If anything, I think Bogart's fur is too dry and I give him a topical natural oil treatment that I get from the vet clinic to improve his coat and it seems to be working. They are not on a raw diet, but their food is rather low in grain, yet high in fibre -- perhaps too high, but that is another story.

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That's interesting what you wrote, LindaH, aspiring Crazy Cat Lady. My groomer commented that both my cats had dry fur. I can't even imagine what you mean by greasy fur. If anything, I think Bogart's fur is too dry and I give him a topical natural oil treatment that I get from the vet clinic to improve his coat and it seems to be working. They are not on a raw diet, but their food is rather low in grain, yet high in fibre -- perhaps too high, but that is another story.


The last time I had a cat with greasy fur (just like people hair after a week of no showers) was Clancy during his "kidney problem" phase. His hair got that oil, yucky feeling. A lot of cats with kidney problems get that because the kidneys can't handle all the waste so it's pushed out the skin, which makes the hair oily.

The show cats I've felt definitely don't have oily or greasy hair at shows. I am curious as to what they feel like between show seasons, as most show people recommend de-greasers as part of the bathing process. Do their coats really get that oily that it needs de-greasing? Or is the de-greasers just to strip the all oils so the hair is as fluffy as possible? (Oil on hair does make it lay down.)

To my thinking, dry hair is probably from too little oil in the food. I don't think high fibre would effect the fur and make it too dry.

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