LOLcat question

Lots of LOLcats stuff plays off the joke of washing a cat.

OK, alright, some of it does.

But, umm, who ever washes their cat? Dogs, yes, sure, but cats?

They do that themselves just fine.

Is this some Americanism or something, the washing of cats?

13 thoughts on “LOLcat question”

  1. We’ve washed our cats a handful of times, for one of two reasons:

    1) the cat is about to spread whatever is on its coat all over the place and the whatever has to be removed immediately.

    2) the cat has something on its coat that it shouldn’t lick for health reasons.

    Both of these are, thankfully, rare. Cats are good at avoiding getting grubby as well.

  2. Generally, you should avoid washing cats except in such situations as described by Matthew above (i.e. more harmful than washing).

    If you do this on a regular basis it destroys the oils in the cats fur / skin and causes the fur to become quite manky.

    Equally, if you use a detergent to wash a cat, this can act as a repellant to the cat cleaning itself which it needs to do for hygene reasons.

    All-in-all, it’s generally a bad thing. If you’ve ever seen a cat covered in soap suds and sat in a bowl – that is one pretty pissed off and dejected cat. This can result in one of various cat related human ‘accidents’….

    How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You.

  3. We wash Milton Friedman (our Bengal) when he starts smelling of cheese or other cats pee. He quite likes water anyway so it doesn’t need a hazard suit.

  4. Likewise. Had a cat that got a bit old and stopped washing itself and we had to do it. It wasn’t the dirt as much as the smell.

    We did it once a month and the cat was terrified. The bathroom had to be closed and you have to hold it under the shower until it was fully wet and the shampoo was on. Then it tended to calm down and let you wash it off.

    Oh, and you get pretty wet too. You have to wear clothes because the claws are out and the the cat will do anything to avoid it.

    One other cat was washed decades ago for Mathews reason. It had taken a walk through some old engine oil drained into a tray.

  5. We have never needed to bath any of our cats. But there have been occasions when I’ve been relaxing in the bath tub, minding my own business, and one of the cats has come bursting in and leapt joyfully into the tub to join me.

  6. I did once when she came in with her back covered in what appeared to be oil from under a car, or something. Didn’t want her licking that off.

    I am still in recovery from the trauma.

  7. we had to wash one of our cats years ago when he came back in with what looked like creosote on his legs; it was so distressing for him that he was desperate to get into the soapy water and get it off.

    Otherwise only if they get well whiffy or have something very nasty on them

  8. Had to wash one of ours when he was a kitten – he came to us with cat flu – which gave him a sore tongue – so he was unable to groom himself properly. Kittens need that extreme fluffiness to stay warm enough – so vet told us to wash him with a damp flannel twice a day.

    He liked it – and now as a grown up Tom still likes it – produces juvenile paddling (which is when cats are reminded of their nursing behaviour) and mad purring. This cat also likes to be dried with a warm towel when he comes in wet- and has a special call for just those occasions.

    Recently another cat was injured and had to wear a cone for three weeks – he also appreciated a warm flannelling to keep his coat in top nick and his rear end, feet and pads clean

    So I’d say yep – wash your cats if they need help – but do it the cat way – not immersed in water and no need for soap but a damp flannel or sponge can be appreciated

    Also I have always trained kittens to tolerate me rubbing their teeth and gums with a finger as part of play – easy later to train then to accept teethbrushing as they get older and need a bit of help with tartar control

  9. Also, when LOLcats makes jokes about herding cats, you should be aware that this is not at all tongue-in-cheek. It is actually an essential part of the life of the polyandrous cat-herding tribes of the lesser-known mountainous reaches of eastern Bhutan.

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