The first thing you notice about Erica is that she’s foxy.
Check out her blog, A Sign of Life. Foxes. Everywhere. The tagline: “seeking forward motion one sign of life at a time.” Amid the foxy theme is fiction and poetry. There’s also soul-baring posts from one who admits, “I think too much and write to little.”
She first happened upon the CD for the Honesty Day lies post, and stuck around.
I’ve told her the story of the fox who greeted me outside a hotel. On a trip to Boone, N.C., I went to the car to get something during the night, and there she stood on a high retaining wall. I could see only her silhouette.
She stared down at me for an eternity, then she pranced away along the fence.
Presumably, so I could marvel. So foxy.
Today, Erica is here to tell us how to bathe a cat. She does so with that wonderful dry sense of humor I’ve come to love. Yes, she thinks too much. And yes, she doesn’t write enough. But you’ll enjoy her thoughts and words just as much as I do.
Part of the reason I got a cat was because of how low-maintenance cats usually are: you feed them once a day, water them when they need it, they poop in a box, don’t need lots of attention, and they clean themselves.
Also, I just like cats.
In return, they love you/ show you affection/ sometimes cuddle/ glare at you disdainfully from across the room, and – if you’re lucky – tolerate being held. It seems like a pretty straightforward win-win situation.
The problem arises when said cat requires a bath that the cat itself can’t do; in my case, it was because the dog came home with fleas and then both the cats began scratching themselves more than usual.
Armed with only a will of steel, I set about giving the cats a flea bath, and now I impart my knowledge to you, my dear reader.
HOW TO BATHE A CAT
- One or more cat(s)
- Bathroom with a door that closes
- Cat soap
- Leather gauntlets that are used for holding large birds of prey (optional, but useful)
- Dirty laundry scattered on the bathroom floor (optional, makes clean-up easier)
- Fill bathtub halfway with warm water. If the cat has done this before, it will be suspicious and hide.
- Find cat, and drag feline unceremoniously out from her hiding spot (mine like to hide under the couch).
- Make sure the bathroom door is closed, and you and the cat are on the correct side of it.
- Drop cat into the water and step back quickly.
- Repeat step 4 until the cat and bathroom are drenched in water, and the bathtub is probably empty.
- Soap cat. (This may come with varying difficulty, depending on the cat. My kitten tried to cuddle up to me because he was scared, poor thing, and this made it easy to shampoo him. My adult cat was having none of this nonsense and hid behind the toilet.)
- Repeat steps one through four until most of the soap is off the cat.
- Attempt to towel-dry cat.
- Release cat from bathroom.
- As cat ignores you for the next two to 24 hours, this is an excellent time to clean your wounds (because oh no, you will not come away unscathed) and mop a few gallons of water off the bathroom floor.
Hooray, you now have a (probably) clean cat, a water-logged bathroom, and several new battle scars! You did it! Now you may rest, after you find the band-aids.
A huge round of applause to Coach Daddy for inviting me to write my very-first guest post!