My dear old (20 years old!!) Tisky isn't able to clean herself anymore. We brush her and brush her but there seems to be no end to her fur! She gains extra fur over the winter and then is unable to "shed" it over the warmer months. Even my daughter's boyfriend, Steve, gives her a good brushing every time he's here but she still has chunks of fur hanging off her skinny little body.
So I've been debating giving her a bath in the laundry tub for quite some time. I've held back because of her age - I'm worried it'll give her a heart attack! But yesterday I went for it. I put some warm soapy water in the laundry tub and in she went to her great surprise! One thing about having such an ancient cat is she can't get away from me anymore. She has arthritis in her legs and can't run. Perhaps the warm water was soothing to her limbs?? I can only hope.
I gave her as good a scrubbing as I could then drained the tub and turned on the water to give her a "shower" and rinse out the soapiness. She handled that a lot better than I thought she would - she only howled a little :[ I wrapped her up in a towel and hugged her close. She was not impressed but didn't struggle. Then I put her on another towel on top of the washing machine and gave her a good brushing.
After examining all possible escape routes Tisky settled down as she does truly enjoy a good brushing. Who doesn't??
She's still pretty shaggy but I'll brush her more today. It's a challenge getting to the underneath parts - her chest and tummy especially.
There, that wasn't so bad was it? Just a bit hard on one's dignity - I'm sure her facebook friends all had a good laugh at her expense (bad mommy!)
She went straight to her food dish when I put her on the floor so I guess she wasn't too traumatized! However she didn't visit me while I was in the TV room last night. That's usually our cuddle time. Luckily though with a brain the size of a pea I'm sure she'll have forgotten about it by tonight's TV time. I'll throw in a good long brushing and a belly rub too for good measure :)