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A Survivor's Tale
Cat bathing
Last night we flea-washed the cats... all of them.

Joe was hanging out for this event, as last time I washed the cats he had just left on an interstate trip and he was VERY grumpy about missing out. Last time I also had Hammond and Kelly helping me... not so this time, when Joe was manning TWO cameras while I soldiered on alone.

We did Jangles first, as he's generally pretty laid-back. I'd filled the bath so that the water was up to his sides - his tummy submerged but his back dry. Got him all wet, shampooed him up good, caught him as he tried madly to slither from the bath a few times (it's amazing the strength of grip a desperate cat can get on porcelain edging) then held him over the bath and, er... wrung him out, basically. Then we wrapped him in a towel and I took him into the living room for a cuddle. Not too bad; the worst that happened during his bath was that I'd left a towel too close to the tub and he managed to pull it in with him. All in all, a cat-bathing success.

Nami was slightly harder, but as the old battleaxe of my three, she was more resigned to her fate. There was less struggling (except for the moment when she managed to turn the cold water tap on herself) and more woeful yowling and deeply-betrayed glaring. Cat was, once again, wrung out, wrapped in a towel and given some cuddles. Like Jangles, once released from the towel she took a few steps kicking her delicate little feet, and sat down for a marathon licking session.

Sawyer's turn. He's the little white cat in my icon. We'd saved him 'til last because the quality and quantity of his howling would have served as an alarm for the other cats, giving them time to hide. At this point in the proceedings I was already drenched. Sawyer is not the brightest of sparks, so when I scooped him up, despite my dampness, the sounds the other cats had made and the smell of flea shampoo, he didn't twig to the situation 'til we walked up to the bath, at which point his claws sank in.

Between removing him from my shoulder and lowering him into the water, he'd already freaked out more than either of the other two had when they were IN the water. Cat entered bath and all hell broke loose. Sawyer's squalling was as loud and regular as one of those irritating digital alarm clocks. He thought that wild attempts to swim while I was holding him would help. Nami had tried this technique too, but hers was a brisk, determined dog-paddle with all limbs neatly underwater while I held her. Not so with Sawyer. His chosen style was the Australian Crawl. Anyone who has seen a learner attempt this style can imagine how that worked out for him. Sploosh, sploosh, his front paws executed wild arcs through the air and sent up sprays that hit both he and I in the face - this didn't deter him from further splooshing.

At one point he got a hold of the ceramic soap dish on the wall, and held on with all four feet. A couple of other times he nearly did the same thing to my FACE. Ultimately we weren't able to rinse him as well as we did the other cats because he was going absolutely bananas; at one point I was only holding him with one hand while I reached for the shampoo, he tried to wrench himself away, and went COMPLETELY UNDERWATER. I freaked out a little and that's when we decided a full rinse wasn't worth a drowned cat.

Some time later, Rick arrived home and decided to do Beckett too. I very rapidly had to go in as backup. Beckett was pretty well-behaved but a pair of powerful hind legs meant that Rick and I took little bleedy souveniers away from the experience. ;) Beckett is adorable when he's wet - he's a black cat with white skin and water highlights this odd combination.

The cats all sulked for a couple of hours afterwards, but when Joe and I settled down to a marathon of season 3 of Avatar, all three of mine turned up and settled on my lap, purring like mad.

In other news, in less than two days I'm off to Adelaide for my week-long "South Australia --> Ayers Rock --> Darwin" adventure and I still haven't packed, aaaugh. So much to do!
10 have fought ~ fight the power!
gypsyjr From: gypsyjr Date: October 9th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, that must have sucked, but I have to say your telling of the story is hilarious.

Have a good trip!
cateagle From: cateagle Date: October 9th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
*chuckle* that sounds so familiar, very much like what we go through giving the same treatment to the hoard of cats that share the Cateagle residcnce with us. Some are resigned and some are scrappers with the best of them, but none of them are silent about it.
hammond From: hammond Date: October 9th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, kitty baths.

Does the Media Centre work all goodly?
tania From: tania Date: October 10th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Not yet - last time we tried to set it up we had no sound and some really weird resolution issues, little lines running across the screen. Also can't get the aspect ratio to synch to a widescreen TV properly. Did you run into any of that? Just teething problems I think, we haven't sat down for a second troubleshooting session just yet.
hammond From: hammond Date: October 10th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope... weird. Like all technology it's crappy until it works and then it's wonderful!
tania From: tania Date: October 10th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
We think that getting a different cable will help; the TV actually has an input for a computer cable so running it in directly could fix it.

In other news, what size Woot shirts do you usually get? I'm trying to guess whether I'm better off getting Smalls or Mediums for Joey and having never worn the brand before, I'm not sure what their sizing is like.
hammond From: hammond Date: October 10th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I get smalls
ruggels From: ruggels Date: October 10th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you also flea bomb the apartment? now would be the time. Then get "Advantage", for them.
xlade From: xlade Date: October 10th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't BEGIN to tell you how hard I laughed at this. As in "tears rolling down my face, I think I'm going to choke laugh."

You just made my day
From: ex_kellijow801 Date: October 10th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, Sawyer sounds like the complete opposite of my cat Wally. She looks worried at first, but then settles down once she's been in warm water for a few minutes. When I start massaging the shampoo into her fur, she actually enjoys it and tends to lean into my hand. And if I don't watch her carefully, she'll start getting lovey-dovey with the faucet and try to rub against the running water as if it were a solid object. The one time she did it, she literally made the O_O face and started sneezing from all the water that went up her nose.
10 have fought ~ fight the power!