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Monday, February 25, 2008

Greasy Coat

hmmmm, every since the day I found Church he has been rather greasy. I have never needed to buy Cat shampoo and am not even sure if the make it. He has been grooming himself but he is still extreamely greasy. Is there a peticular kind of brand i should use? ( if there is a brand) or should I let him stay greasy? Is it cruel to give a cat a bath? Im just wondering if the owner could write me back.. Only because I know the kitties will leave me some rather harsh comments.

17 comments:

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

I would not give him a bath so soon after surgery, especially if he has stitching. You can buy some commercial dry baths that you just comb though his hair to take care of the grease.

Later, if you really need to bath him, there are a number of commercial available shampoos. Just remember to put some vasaline near his eyes and ears to keep the soap out of them. You can also use Johnson's baby shampoo on him if you don't want to buy a cat shampoo.

Riley & Tiki said...

A wet paper towel can work wonders. It may take a few tries, but it would probably freak him out less than an actual bath.

TT said...

mommy bean uses a spray foam stuff that she sprays on a special brush for me. I would never lets her gives me a water bath as she would need welding gloves and metal suit to do thats.

Lisa said...

All those suggestions are good - I definitely wouldn't bathe him before the stitches are out and baths can be traumatic to most cats (and probably pretty darn painful to you with his sharp little claws). I'd try the paper towel, dry bath, the foam stuff, or some of the wipes you can buy for this kind of thing. Or give it a little more time and see if the greasy stuff goes away on his own. With him not feeling well much of the time he's been with you or at the vet, he may just be behind in his grooming.

PB & J said...

Pearl has greasy ear and neck fur all the time (due to her constant battle with ear mites and ear infections), so I brush her every day, typically with a fine comb. It seems to "re-distribute" the grease!

Good luck!

Pixel said...

I would wait a while till the stitches have heals. Also there are bathing wipes you can buy like wet ones for aniamals. I actually bathe my cat about once a month. It is to help keep her dander down with alergys here. Ask the vet as well

Jan said...

We're glad Churchill is doing so well. He's had quite a trauma.

jans funny farm

Radcliff, Allie, Luna, & Ozzie said...

If you look around, there are waterless wipes for kitties, similar to (maybe the same as?) baby wipes. Paper towels, maybe dampened a little, might help, too, and are cheaper and probably easier to find.

You probably don't want to do anything more than that until Churchill's various incisions are healed a bit.

TheSlyCat said...

There are wet cloths that are made for grooming kitties so that we don't have to get all wet. I don't know what brand they are, b/c mom usually snuck up behind me to use them. They aren't that bad. I didn't hate them too much.

Princess said...

you can gently wash him with just some wet, wring it out and wipe the furs. I would get the okay from the vetman first though about even the "sponge bath"

purrrs

Monkee said...

This is from Mom:

If he still has stitches or a scar from the surgery, wait until he heals before trying to bathe him.

Baths are OK for cats (though some of my cats would disagree). Just make sure you get a shampoo that is specifically made for cats, as some dog shampoos are too harsh for cats. I don't use the wipes because I didn't think they did a good enough job of cleaning. Just make sure the kitty has a paw-hold on something or else he will grab onto you.

If you plan on bathing Church on a regular basis, good to get started when he's young. Otherwise you'll have a painful time bathing him.

Poppy Q said...

A zoom groom brush always make the fur much better. Us kiwi cats never ever take baths, but I am sure you can ring the vets and ask them.

I is glad he is doing good.

Forty Paws said...

We agree with everyone that it would not be good to bathe him until he is healed. And it is likely that as he gets to feeling better and becomes healthier, he will groom himself. He's had a very hard first 6 months and grooming has probably been the last thing on his mind.

Bathing cats can be very traumatic for them. We have one who can't groom herself because of a neurological disorder and we used to bathe her, but it would cause a dormant bacteria (clostridium) to flare up and then the whole crew would come down with it (diarrhea). So now we just use the wet wipes for cats found at PetsMart and even WalMart. There is a dry powder that PetsMart carries that you massage in and then brush out, but I don't like the feel of it. But it does work on greasy coats. You can also use cornstarch, which groomers use to help dissolve mats and soak up oils.

Junior said...

Awwww....Churchill....one day you will be all fixed up!

Sounds like some good suggestions!

Tesla said...

You should ask your vet! They have great cat shampoops.

mom bean works at the vet, and she gets my shampoop there.

Its good stuff!

Parker said...

Babywipes work well. Mommy used them at the shelter for the kitties who were in need of a little help with their grooming. No baths for Churchill with his stitches - they could get infected!

The Crew said...

You don't need to buy expensive "pet"' shampoo. Just use baby shampoo, it's gentle and non-stinging to the eyes.

Of course, you must wait until his incision is healed before a proper bath, but in the meantime a sponging of the worst areas would help.