Bathing Buddy

Since becoming an inside cat a couple months ago, our cat Buddy had really let himself go.  He pretty much just laid around the house sleeping.  He’d gained weight and his personal hygiene had really gone downhill.  Our sweet boy was filthy and he stunk! We hemmed and hawed for a while and then finally decided that we were going to have to give him a bath. 

Despite the fact that Buddy is one of the most laid back and gentle natured cats we have ever come across, we were still pretty nervous about the prospect of bathing him.  He is a big strong cat with sharp claws and teeth.  Shaun got out his heavy rubber gloves while I got out old towels and the pet shampoo.  We filled one side of the sink with warm water and we were ready to go. 

The plan was that Shaun would hold and I would wash.  So Shaun gingerly picked up the cat and placed him in the sink.  Right away, Buddy knew something was up because all creatures know they are strictly forbidden to be on the counters and tables.  I started to gently pour the warm water over him and massage the shampoo onto his quivering body.  Apparently massaging wasn’t what we were going for as Shaun made me switch places with him so that he could start scrubbing the grubby beast.  (I have to admit he did a much better job than I was doing). 


When Buddy realized that I wasn’t going to let him get away from me, he started yowling.  I realize that we were supposed to feel sorry for him and just let him go at that point, but it was just so cute and pathetic.  When he finally decided that we weren’t really going to kill him (just torture him) he just laid in the bottom of the sink, resigned to his fate. 

Just about the time we were finishing up, the front door opened and in walked the girls.  They had just gotten off of the school bus and were horrified to see what their parents were up to while they were away.  “What are you doing to that cat??!!” screeched Mimi. KT, used to such strangeness from us, just rolled her eyes and started taking pictures as we asked her to. 


We fully expected Buddy to avoid us for the next month or so.  But our damp kitty plopped himself down on my lap shortly after we were done with him.  Now he’s a sweet smelly lumpy cat.  I think he likes being clean again…I just hope we don’t have to do this next week…

Shaun put together a fun little slideshow thing with the photos KT took.  You can see it here

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10 Responses to Bathing Buddy

  1. Jay says:

    Well I’m glad he didn’t shred anybody. It is amazing how cats and dogs always know when it’s time for a bath or to go to the vet. They don’t notice that the sliding glass door is open and they don’t realize that “other” dog or cat they see in the closet door is their own reflection. Even when they’ve seen this “other” dog or cat 100 times. But, they know when it’s bath and vet time.

  2. Betty says:

    What a sweet-faced kitty. Makes me sorry I’m allergic to cats.

  3. Peggy says:

    Sometimes you have to do such unpleasant things as pet owners. This cat doesn’t look impressed with what you were doing to him. I’m glad he didn’t shred you. Our cats would have. Let’s hope he takes the hint and goes back to grooming himself.

    You said he was smelly. Have you checked his teeth? If they have bad breath, that can be a cause. Look in his gob.

  4. Kell says:

    How cute he is. And what a good kitty to just resign himself to his fate. Guess he trusts you.

  5. gawilli says:

    Great background music! Gordon Lightfoot… In the Early Morning Rain! I love it. We have a springer spaniel and when we can’t take it anymore her and I both go in the bathtub. I even have some sneakers I wear so I don’t slip. Sounds silly and probably looks even sillier – a grown woman fully clothed in the shower with a dog. But it works and that’s all that counts, right? That kitty really doesn’t look so unhappy!

  6. Dick says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and your comments. Pt. Townsend is indeed a fun place to walk around. I didn’t take a car so pretty much just stayed in the downtown area but it was perfect for a five hour visit.

    My cat, Huggy, does a pretty good job of staying clean but I think I would risk life and limb if I tried to give her a bath. It will be interesting to see if Buddy will keep it up on his own or you will have to do it again. Good luck. Cats are pretty independent so he will do whatever he wants.

  7. oddmix says:

    Sudsy cats are sooooooo funny looking. Kittens are even funnier.

  8. Susan says:

    Jay and Peggy, I’m glad he didn’t shred us too! he’s never been bathed before…ever. How did he know? Physic cat network? As for the smell, it’s um…coming from the other end. He’s no longer cleaning himself for unknown reasons…ick.

    Betty, Kell and Odd, he IS so sweet, cute and funny looking, all rolled into one cat!

    Gawilli, I’m cracking up at the thought of you climbing in there

    Dick, I’m hoping he’ll keep it up too, but it’t not looking so good right now. Dang independence!

  9. Tink says:

    Those pictures are amazing. I especially like the designs your fingers made in his wet fur and the gold-green reflection of his eyes.

  10. mjd says:

    Buddy must be a wonderful cat. The cats that I have bathed never were so docile in the bath, or maybe you are the cat whisperer and know how to talk to cats so that they understand. Fun slideshow with music…

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