What Your Cat is Thinking during BathtimePublished August 10, 2009
If Shakespeare were contributing to Petside.com he might title an article concerning this frequently posed question rather poetically; "To bathe or not to bathe a Cat?" While some folks feel that bathing a cat is part of their regular care and is necessary, many cat lovers will vehemently disagree. Since most cats are thoroughly fastidious about their hygiene and spend a large percentage of their waking hours grooming themselves to keep their coats immaculate and odor free, bathing a cat is generally not considered to be a part of routine care. Self grooming is in fact, a survival strategy that has served the feline species very successfully, I may add. This said, there are those times when a cat does need a bath. Cats can find themselves getting into some very smelly substances due to a mishap, or in longhair cats, if the fur gets too oily, he or she may need some gentle assistance from their "pawrents" to restore the coat to a healthier condition. Some cats do have oily skin which may require that dreaded intervention to which we certainly do not look forward. This said, there are some cats that do enjoy a bath and present no problems at all, but in my experience those cats are not in the majority. There are many articles available on the internet that give excellent suggestions about how to efficiently and effectively give a cat a bath, so I won't take your time to write about the "how to's" of cat bathing at this time. What actually inspired me to even broach the subject was an email I received the other day, which looked at bathing cats from their purrspective. I was on the floor laughing so hard at some of the possible thoughts going through a kitty's mind as the sound of the bathtub being filled with warm water reached their sensitive ears, and was inspired to share them with our readers for a chuckle. I could just see those felines' inner wheels spinning before, during and after being thoroughly drenched and lathered up. Here are just a few offered by the author who cleverly delved into their cat's minds. "A few thoughts on cat baths" . . . By: the Cat 1. "'But you said you loved me." 2. "You will pay, as God is my witness, you will pay." 3. "You call this water warm??? Get a thermometer PLEEZE" 4."I don't think I like you anymore." 5. "You Lied!!!" 6. "No, I'm not your 'Good Little Kitty' anymore." 7. "I want my Mommmmyyyyyy!" or I prefer ... "Meowmee" And my favorite: 8. "No, no, no, no...NOOOO!!!" Please leave a comment by donning your creative thinking cap, and add a few of what you suspect your cats may actually be thinking if, Heaven forbid, a bath is called for.