Friday, December 15, 2006

Ambushed or To Bathe A Cat

Willow: Ambushed! And plotting revenge.
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"To bathe a cat takes brute force, perseverance, courage of conviction - and a cat. The last ingredient is usually hardest to come by." ~ Stephen Baker
Cats seem to sense when the running water in the sink is in preparation for a "cat bath" and not the evening dishes. She who, just seconds before was rubbing on legs and walking round the room begging for food, will suddenly disappear. The capture must be carefully thought out and usually requires at least three people to carry out. All routes of escape have to be blocked by closed doors or live subjects. One "herdsman" must navigate the cat towards the area where another waits with a towel to ambush and subdue the subject. After the ambush and during the actual bath, Willow (pictured) is actually quite good. She cries and makes lame attempts to jump out of the sink, but there is none of the biting, hissing or climbing up the torso of the human bather.

Not so with Maggie. Not only must she be ambushed, but the person grabbing her must be clothed in several layers of thick material; shirts and winter jackets with two pair of trousers. This person must also be wearing the heavy duty silicone oven mitts that extend to the elbow. A second human must have the muzzle ready to apply over her eyes and face. And this is just to clip her nails. I've never seen them attempt to bathe her; they let the vet do it. Isn't he a lucky vet?!

Submission for PhotoFriday topic "ambushed".
I'll send her on over to Friday's Ark and the Carnival of the Cats as she's already mad and planning revenge. A little more embarrassment won't matter. The carnival is at House of Chaos this week.

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