One of the first things I do when bringing home a new kitten is to give them a bath. I know that may sound strange and a little non-intuitive, but it was actually something Sherry did when she brought us Jacoby (and which I wish I had taken photos of). She said it ensures that the new kitten doesn’t introduce anything to the resident cats from the cattery, it reduces the kitten’s “different” smell, and it distracts the kitten from being homesick at all. Ever since Jake, I have done that to every new kitten we’ve gotten, and it seems to work like a charm.
So I introduced Lorelai to the cats and apartment, clipped her claws and popped her into the laundry room sink. I hadn’t gotten any Jerob Parisian Purple shampoo yet, so I had to make do with their Snowy Blue, which I use on Alfred and used on Logan. I certainly wasn’t going to wash her with Jake and Angel’s Mahogany Gold!
First, I got her completely wet.
Then I turn the water off and lather her up. Jerob shampoos should be diluted, and I usually add some of the De-greasing shampoo as well, to clean up the oils from hands petting their fur.
Never put soap on a cat’s face though. I don’t lather beyond the ears.
(Pause while all of you go Awwwwwwwww…)
After she’s good and clean, it’s time for the rinse cycle.
It is essential to make sure your cat’s fur is completely free of shampoo, or the fur will be dull and sticky.
When you’re sure you’ve gotten out every last bit of soap, rinse one more time.
After we’re all rinsed, it’s time to dry off.
I use microfibre pet towels, and they really do suck up a lot of water.
Finally, a little playtime with big brother Freddy…and the bath is forgotten.
“Bath? What bath?”