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Giving a Cat a Bath

Giving a Cat a Bath

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If you’ve ever attempted to bathe a cat, you might already know that generally, cats do not like baths. Most cats do not like to swim or be immersed in water and will fight it vigorously. A cat threatened with a bath may bite, claw and scratch to get free. It can be a very frustrating experience, both for the cat and the cat owner. Some of the funniest photos and videos on the Internet are of people attempting to bathe a cat and the cat’s evasive maneuvers to avoid the bath at all costs.

The behavior they exhibit when trying to bathe a cat is out of fear. They don’t know what is going on or why someone would have the audacity to subject them to this, so they object in every way possible. To make the bath go smoother, make sure you have everything prepared before you bring the cat in. Run the bath water, have towels and shampoo and a comb at hand and then bring the cat in.

Remain calm and make soothing noises as you put your cat into the water. Do not panic or shout or punish the cat if they scratch you. Imagine how frightened they must be and try to accomplish the task calmly. Have a firm hold on the cat as you bath it. You don’t want them flailing about and panicking. Remain as calm as you can and your cat is more likely to be calmer. Bathe the cat as quickly as you can to reduce the stress on both you and the cat.

Some breeds may never get to a point where they actually like a bath, but some breeds definitely do. I have had Persian cats that were bathed regularly from the time they were kittens and soon came to like their bath and even blow drying. If you get your cat while it is a kitten, it is much easier to get them accustomed to a bath than if you get an older cat that has not been bathed regularly.

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Excessive Meowing: What Should You Do?

Excessive Meowing: What Should You Do?

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Some cats are very quiet, and others, well not so much. They meow and they meow loudly and frequently, seemingly for no apparent reason. All cats meow, but some are a lot louder and meow more frequently than others. Some individual cats as well as some breeds are just more vocal than others. While Maine Coons and Persian cats are generally a quieter cat, the Orientals are well known for being loud mouths. So if your Persian suddenly starts meowing a lot, it may be reacting to a problem that needs to be attended to, while it is par for the course for a Siamese to be vocal.

The first thing you need to determine is whether or not there is a legitimate reason for your cat’s excessive meowing. The way that a cat will communicate to you that they are in discomfort is by meowing, so you should always investigate thoroughly before assuming that you just have a loud mouth cat. You can do this by running your hands along it’s body, looking for signs of discomfort as you touch different areas. Take a look inside their mouth, their ears, eyes, and look for any signs of infection or pain. Make sure their claws are trimmed. Untrimmed claws can grow so long as to become painful. If there’s any doubt at all about your cat’s health and comfort, take them to a veterinarian to make sure nothing is wrong.

If you find there are no health problems, the meowing is probably a behavior issue. They may be seeking extra attention. They may be hungry, bored, or just want to sit on your lap and get attention. There are two ways to deal with this behavior. You can give in to them and have a very spoiled cat that will continue to meow excessively because they know they will get attention, or you can ignore it. If they persist, you can put them in a room with some toys and their cat bed or blanket until they calm down. You need to be firm and consistent in your response when correcting undesired behavior.

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