Friday, April 7, 2023

Feline Friday Flashback: Bathing Habits

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're digging into the archives to April 2015 with Angel Truffles.

Mommy says Truffles was the most fastidious cat she's ever seen. That girl was constantly washing, and had constant hairballs to prove it! 

I'm a little different. Of course I keep myself very clean, but I don't take a complete and thorough bath on a daily basis. If something is dirty, I wash it. Why bathe your entire body if only a couple parts need freshening up? 

How about the kitties in your life? Do they take a daily bath or just wash what needs washing each day? I'm very curious!

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Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

It always pays to keep a clean machine!

Mickey's Musings said...

I only do the necessary things.
I do not get very dirty as I am an indoor cat and I do not get into "things"
Purrs, Julie

Zoolatry said...

Beauty is as beauty does.

The Island Cats said...

All that work paid off for Truffles...she was beautiful!

Lynn and Precious said...

I have a bit of cat envy fur Truffles. I only wash when absolutely needed. I do not like to give Lynn wet yuckie fur balls too often. Precious

pilch92 said...
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pilch92 said...

Miss Mudpie, I'm with you, why do extra work when not needed. :)

Three Chatty Cats said...

What a cute flashback photo. Dexter here is our fastidious groomer. But luckily, he doesn't get hairballs!

Kathe W. said...

Cute flashback! Our Lucy is pretty much a neatnicc too! Happy Easter!

messymimi said...

It does take work to stay beautiful, and you are doing a great job just the way you are doing it.

The laziest groomer i ever knew was Horizon. He was here 16 years and never, not even once, did i ever see him groom himself. We had to groom him after a while because he would not do it. He was from a feral group and was always afraid of everyone and everything, so we don't know what happened as a kitten but he wasn't taught to groom himself at all.

Thank you so much for joining Feline Friday!

Mark's Mews (Marley, Lori, Loki, and Binq) said...

Since we go out in the backyard, we come back with leaf grit, sticky seeds, and other stuff on our furs. TBT gives us a good hand-brushing for most of it as we enter.

But real grooming varies among us. The boys get kind of "grit and bear it", so they both need some brush-work every few days.

The girls groom more often and dont like brushies. Ayla doesn't go out so she doesn't have ta do much but it is an old habit. Lori can be a bit obsessive about it.

Let's just say that among orange Marley, grey Laz, and the girls both being Meezer beige, any hairballs TBT finds are allus grey! MOL!

Priscilla King said...

Most of mine have seemed to take care of their own coats. Graybelle's super-long-and-thick fur was an exception; she had a hairball problem at about six months, and after she learned about combs and brushes she demanded to be brushed, not combed, daily.

Super-social Heather was another exception. She was one of a close-knit family who all groomed each other daily. When she outlived all the others she seemed to mourn. Part of the mourning was that she apparently had no idea how to clean her own face. She'd always washed her own back and legs, but other cats always did her head! I bought her a flea comb, and she loved being combed. She did a special purr when the comb got into the mats on the top of her head.

Some other cats I've known, even if they were heavily infested when I met them, didn't like the idea of being groomed by someone they didn't know well. As a little alley kitten Mackerel liked being flea-combed but was shy about having inappropriate reactions if his underside was touched. Other male kittens didn't seem to have those reactions and would lie back basking and purring.

Serena now tells me that grooming a cat's head or face is a sort of status display. She'll still let me touch her head if no one else is looking.