Back in 2009 I put up a post about bathing our cat, Thomas. As I stated then, my past experience with cats and water has been one of panic and hysteria for all involved. Then Thomas moved in and took over. He doesn’t do much hunting, he doesn’t like to jump. His foremost task at our house is to serve as a speed bump.
His heritage as a Maine Coon cat gives him thick wooly fur which over time becomes itchy and hot. Shedding is a problem even when the knots in his wool are combed out. So in desperation a few years ago I put him in a sink of water and scrubbed him down.
To everyone’s amazement he seemed to enjoy the process.
He stands patiently as he gets a shampoo and rinse in warm water.
By the time we get to toweling off he is getting cranky but he deals with it.
I’d love to help him with my hair dryer, but
anything that makes that kind of noise sends him running.
So I make sure he can recover in a spot of warm sun.
He’s got way too much fur to handle with just a tongue.
Way, way too much wet fur.
But after a few hours of air dry and some combing …
He starts to look pretty spiffy…
…and is now a very handsome speed bump.