Friday, June 12, 2015

Bathing the Cats

How to Bathe a Cat:
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 her while you carry her toward 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 her 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 she will dry herself.

Obviously, this is not how I gave my cats a bath, but the cats’ reactions were about the same. I wouldn't normally try to bathe a cat, but we seem to have a flea problem. The medicine you put on their back didn't work. The flea spray didn't work. So we tried a bath, mainly because the flea spray made Edith a little sick. I hope the baths work.
However, Edith has not been herself lately. Edith is usually rambunctious and loving, but all night last night and all day today, she has found various places to hide away. Very unusual behavior for her, but she's been acting strange lately anyway. She will not use her litter box. This has been going on for two weeks, but prior to that, I've had not problems from her. Even though the litter boxes are cleaned out daily and there is a litter box for each cat, she pooped in a chair (three different times) and now she has begun peeing on furniture as well. I am about at my wits end. I've looked up everything I can on the Internet, but nothing I've tried seems to work. There is one part of the house where there is no soft furniture (it's also where the litter boxes are), and I've had to keep her in there unless I'm watching her every move. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I know some of you are cat lovers like I am, and something has to be done. I can't let her defecate wherever she feels like. I'm going to call the vet today and see if he can give me any advice. Lucy is doing just fine; she's prancing around like she's an angel, which for the most part both of them are. I've never had cats as stubborn as these are. HRH could be stubborn, but at least she minded me. I love my girls, but oh how I miss HRH.
Ok, I'll get maudlin if I keep talking about HRH. Here are some funny cat quotes:
To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction, and a cat. The last ingredient is usually the hardest to come by. -- Stephen Baker
I gave my cat a bath the other day. They love it. He just sat there and enjoyed it. It was fun for me. The fur kept sticking to my tongue, but other than that... -- Steve Martin
One is never sure, watching two cats washing each other, whether it's affection, the taste, or a trial run for the jugular. -- Helen Thomson
Some people say man is the most dangerous animal on the planet. Obviously those people have never met an angry cat. -- Lillian Johnson
Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.
P.S. The job search continues. I'm doing my best to get out several applications a day. I signed up yesterday to volunteer at a local museum to gain some museum experience. One of the things that they will do is to train me in preservation of artifacts. Volunteering is a lot cheaper than a master's in museum studies, and I really think it will be fun. I’ve also had a high school in Utah that seems pretty interested in my résumé. It will have to be a pretty good salary and benefits for me to move to a small town where the closest city is two hours away.


Michael Dodd said...

1) Cats: Get the cat to a vet. Sundance acted like this once and it turned out to be a bot fly. We got her to the vet in time for safe removal, but it could have been fatal.
2) Volunteering at museum: Smart move in every way!
3) Bathing cats in toilet, method 1: Brilliant!

Susan said...

First, when I read that opening bit, I was horrified! Closing the toilet lids and flushing? OMG! Second,I agree with Michael, do not waste anymore time and take your cat to the vet. This type of behavior most usually means there is a problem. I would expect the vet to make a thorough go over of the skin area and perhaps blood work. Third, if at all possible, can you contemplate fumigation in your house? Otherwise this problem may not go away. Fourth, volunteering at the museum is brilliant. And fifth, the only downside on the post: a possible move from Alabama to Utah. Is that a step forward? Just saying... Good luck, though...with everything. :)

JiEL said...

I didn't have such issue with my «ex» cat Thomas because he simply LOVED to be in water.. He is a Serengeti breed cat and always liked to join me when I was in the shower....

Some cats love water but most of them are so afraid...

For your job search, I hope you'll find a place that will accept you as you are and will hire you for your Professional qualities and not for your personnal sexual préférences...

Cheers from Montréal, land of Liberty.

naturgesetz said...

It's possible that the cat is urinating and defecating on the furniture as an expression of anger at you, that she's intentionally being bad. But lockong her in the litter box room until you get her to the vet is a good idea.

Joe said...

I just got back from the vet, and she did have a urinary infection but not a bad one. They gave her some meds and said she'd be better in 2-3 days. This little girl is expensive, but as loving as she is, it's so worth it.

Joe said...

Susan, I'm not so sure about Utah either and the salary and benefits will have to be pretty fantastic for me to move. However, like my boyfriend said (other than that he will miss me terribly) it would put me on the west cost and closer to jobs in California, Oregon, and Washington where the climate is much more liberals and welcoming.

Mike said...

California is hiring teachers like crazy. check or