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Some cats have no propensity for water

October 6th, 2008 by cdunagan

Here’s a cat who clearly has a distaste for water, although one cannot make a blanket statement about cats hating water. You can’t even say that cats don’t like to take baths.

You Tube lists nearly 10,000 videos of cats with water, and a good number of them show felines at least tolerating the wet substance. A month ago, this Amusing Monday feature showed a cat swimming with a stick in its mouth, as if it had intentionally jumped into a lake in a game of fetch.

For the most part, I’d have to say cats don’t like to take baths, though their owners may insist that they have one once in a while. I’ve had cats that literally climbed the walls to stay out of the water, yowling the entire time.

If you’d like to share your cat-in-the-bath stories, or even dog-in-the-bath stories, I would love to hear them.

Meanwhile, I found this humor piece on many Web sites. I’m not sure where it originated.

Dear Cat Owner,
Following are instructions on the best way to bathe your cat:
1. Thoroughly clean the toilet.
2. Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water, and have both lids lifted.
3. Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
4. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids (you may need to stand on the lid so that he cannot escape). CAUTION: Don’t get any part of your body too close to the edge, as his paws will be reaching out to grab anything they can find. The cat will self-agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from your toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.
5. Flush the toilet 3 or 4 times. This provides a “powerwash and rinse” which I have found to be quite effective.
6. Have someone open the door to the outside and ensure that there are no people between the toilet and the outside door.
7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.
8. The now-clean cat will rocket out of the toilet and run outside where he will dry himself.

Speaking of cats and water, check out this photo. Of course, everyone wants to know what a cat is doing on such a wild raft ride. It turns out to be a hoax. Click over to to see the Photoshopped images.

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