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How often would you bathe a longhair outdoor cat?

Asked by delirium (13698points) May 9th, 2008

She doesn’t like it so much.. (But I recently learned that cats sense heat more than we do. So if the water feels lukewarm to me, its scalding her…... so no wonder she hates baths.) Its been…. about two years since she’s been bathed. I don’t think vinnie (short hair outdoor cat) has ever been bathed. Both cats were rescues obtained as adults. Neither have any fleas.

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MrKnowItAll's avatar

The longer the claws, the fewer the baths.

jrpowell's avatar

I wouldn’t really worry about. They got by fine before we brought them in. It will live if you never give it a bath.

And milkbath

nighttripper's avatar

thats supposed to be the great thing about cats they clean themselves so you dont have to bathe them. I’d say never all it does is leave you bloody and your cat stressed out.

richmarshall's avatar

Besides you would get too much hair on the shower walls.

shockvalue's avatar

never, it’s an outdoor cat.

syz's avatar

I don’t bathe my cats at all.

Kay's avatar

I bathe my long hair cat about twice a year to get rid if excess fur that causes her discomfort. Maybe trim and bathe the cat once a year so the kitty doesn’t get their fur caught in anything outdoors.

gooch's avatar

Never let it clean itself

kevbo's avatar

I was going to stay out of this, but since the consensus is don’t bathe, I’ll throw in my two cents. Brush it regularly, and rub it down with a damp towel if there’s an issue of getting dirt in the house. Most cats love being brushed.

delirium's avatar

Hahaha, I do brush her quite often. Usually once a day if I have time. And serious SERIOUS grooming once a week. She’s a purebred Norwegian forest cat, so there’s a LOT of fluff and serious layers.

Trance24's avatar

I would say like every two weeks, because he is out doors most of the time and will pick up more then just dirt. He is bound to pick up various bugs and ticks. So just keep an eye out good bathing and grooming will also benefit him in health.

susanc's avatar

Delerium! I have one too!
My guy has never needed washing except when he had diarrhea as a baby. Glad that’s over with and so is he – though the fact that I had to get familiar with his nether parts was very bonding, he has no anxiety about being touched anywhere.
He used to get terrible knots in those fluffy layers. I finally figured out: no cutting, not much combing, just pulling the knots apart with my fingers and then the loose stuff easily pulls away from the viable hair. The year he turned four, there were suddenly almost no knots and never have been again.
I do groom him a lot because he loves it.
I don’t understand why bathe her. Is her fur actually dirty? What kind of dirt?
For bugs I use Advantage on the back of the neck. I don’t know anything bad about it except the fantastically high price.

asmonet's avatar

I always went by the rule of, if I can see something on it, throw it in some water ad clean it. Otherwise, the cat will do it’s own damn thing. :)

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