How to give the cat a bath

Discussion in 'The Pump House Saloon' started by Gunfyter, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. Gunfyter

    Gunfyter New Member

    Mar 25, 2003
    Western Maryland
    With apologies to Bob:


    1. Know that although the kitty cat has the advantage of quickness and lack of concern for human life, you have the advantage of strength. Capitalize on that advantage by selecting the battlefield. Don't try to bathe him in an open area where he can force you to chase him. Pick a very small bathroom. If your bathroom is more than four feet square, we recommend that you get in the tub with the cat and close the sliding-glass doors as if you were about to take a shower. (A simple shower curtain will not do. A berserk cat can shred a three-ply rubber shower curtain quicker than a politician can shift positions.)
    2. Know that a cat has claws and will not hesitate to remove all the skin from your body. Your advantage here is that you are smart and know how to dress to protect yourself. We recommend canvas overalls tucked into high-top construction boots, a pair of steel-mesh gloves, an army helmet, a hockey face-mask, and a long-sleeved flak jacket.
    3. Use the element of surprise. Pick up your cat nonchalantly, as if to simply carry him to his supper dish. (Cats will not usually notice your strange attire. They have little or no interest in fashion as a rule.)
    4. Once you are inside the bathroom, speed is essential to survival. In a single liquid motion, shut the bathroom door, step into the tub enclosure, slide the glass door shut, dip the cat in the water and squirt him with shampoo. You have now begun one of the wildest 45 seconds of your life.
    5. Cats have no handles. Add the fact that he now has soapy fur, and the problem is radically compounded. Do not expect to hold on to him for more than two or three seconds at a time. When you have him, however, you must remember to give him another squirt of shampoo and rub like crazy. He'll then spring free and fall back into the water, thereby rinsing himself off. (The national record for cats is three latherings, so don't expect too much.)
    6. Next, the cat must be dried. Novice cat bathers always assume this part will be the most difficult, for humans generally are worn out at this point and the cat is just getting really determined. In fact, the drying is simple compared with what you have just been through. That's because by now the cat is semi-permanently affixed to your right leg.
    7. You simply pop the drain plug with your foot, reach for your towel and wait. (Occasionally, however, the cat will end up clinging to the top of your army helmet. If this happens, the best thing you can do is to shake him loose and to encourage him toward your leg.) After all the water is drained from the tub, it is a simple matter to just reach down and dry the cat.
    In a few days the cat will relax enough to be removed from your leg. He will usually have nothing to say for about three weeks and will spend a lot of time sitting with his back to you. He might even become psychoceramic and develop the fixed stare of a plaster figurine.
    You will be tempted to assume he is angry. This isn't usually the case. As a rule he is simply plotting ways to get through your defenses and injure you for life the next time you decide to give him a bath


    1. Thoroughly clean the toilet.
    2. Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water, and have both lids lifted.
    3. Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards 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).
    CAUTION: Do not get any part of your body too close to the edge, as his paws will be reaching out for any purchase they can find.
    5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a 'power wash and rinse' which I have found to be quite effective.
    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.
    :D :D :D
  2. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
  3. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    This DOES NOT work. I can approach Sheba to pet her, and everything's ok, but if I approach her to put the once-a-month flea drops on her neck, she knows that something is up, even if I keep the little tube behind my back or in my pocket. She IMMEDIATELY runs under the bed and won't come out the rest of the day.

    Bob, on the other hand, is so laid-back that you could probably give him the toilet-bowl wash, and when you opened the lid he'd just look at you as if to say, "What? Is it time to get out already?" :p
  4. Neil

    Neil New Member

    Sep 7, 2004
    Stanwood washington
    ROFL Method #2 cracks me up.
    truly awesome :p:p:p:p
  5. bill k

    bill k New Member

    Mar 28, 2005
    Catch another one and tie the two cats tails together. Throw them over a barber wire fence.
    I hate cats.
  6. henry0reilly

    henry0reilly New Member

    May 22, 2004
    I'd go with #2, it seems a lot simpler.
  7. Jay

    Jay New Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    I'm not necessarily a cat lover, but I thought cats normally kept themselves clean. I wash my dog, but hell, he'll bring me the hose.... :D
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