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Re: Daily LOLCats :: The OFFICIAL sticky.

Postby Melathys » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:58 pm

I remember having to fight over seating rights with my brothers...now I have to do it with the cat...
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but as for bathing, he's got ear mites. So we need to clean them out, and his ear medicine tends to spread around, as it were.
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Re: Daily LOLCats :: The OFFICIAL sticky.

Postby fuzzygeek » Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:16 pm

One of my cats is either too stupid or too fat to reach her own back, so she sometimes gets these really disgusting knots in her fur. About once a year I have to cut them out and bathe her.

Stupid cat.
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Re: Daily LOLCats :: The OFFICIAL sticky.

Postby katraya » Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:54 pm

Fivelives wrote:I hope you haven't had your cat for long! If you don't bathe them every couple of months (at least) they get disgusting. They LOOK clean, but you'll occasionally smell something and not know what it is.

At least until you get used to it, then it's only company that smells it.


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Cats with long hair may require the occasional bath if their fur gets too oily.


Your quote agrees with my statement. I see no bullshit to be called, here.


I disagree. His quote deals with a specific subset of cats while your comment generalized to all cats.



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Re: Daily LOLCats :: The OFFICIAL sticky.

Postby Fivelives » Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:16 am

The only difference is in how frequently cats need to be bathed. Their tongues work perfectly fine for dirt and debris, but not for the oily feel.

All animals produce oil from glands in their skin. For cats, it gives a nice healthy sheen to the coat and produces that "cat" smell. It does build up over time. For a long-haired cat, bathe them 4-6 times a year, unless their coat is filthy and/or matted to the point where you can't brush it out without giving the cat a bald spot. For a short-haired cat, 1-2 baths (or even something simple like wiping them down with a wet rag, more frequently - around monthly/bi-monthly) per year should suffice, with "as needed" baths coming in situations like a skunk encounter or something. Indoor/outdoor cats also generally need to be bathed more often than cats who stay indoors 100% of the time.

Unless, that is, you don't mind the musky scent of a cat's skin and coat. Personally, I don't care much for it, and it DOES get rather rank. Ever walked into a person's house that has multiple cats? That's the smell that I'm talking about - and it's not the litter box. It's the cats themselves that produce that odor.
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Re: Daily LOLCats :: The OFFICIAL sticky.

Postby Nikachelle » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:08 am

I don't know. I tend to think you're confusing litter box smell with cat smell. I have definitely been in some people's places where they don't disinfect the litter box and/or rarely clean it out, and it is DEFINITELY rank. It's a horrible putrid smell that's near impossible to get out of your nostrils. But I've never smelled someone else's cat when I've walked into their home unless I stuff my own nose in the cat's fur. And for reference, I never had cats growing up so it's not like I became accustomed to the smell at an early age.
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Re: Daily LOLCats :: The OFFICIAL sticky.

Postby Invisusira » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:28 am

Fivelives wrote:The only difference is in how frequently cats need to be bathed. Their tongues work perfectly fine for dirt and debris, but not for the oily feel.

All animals produce oil from glands in their skin. For cats, it gives a nice healthy sheen to the coat and produces that "cat" smell. It does build up over time. For a long-haired cat, bathe them 4-6 times a year, unless their coat is filthy and/or matted to the point where you can't brush it out without giving the cat a bald spot. For a short-haired cat, 1-2 baths (or even something simple like wiping them down with a wet rag, more frequently - around monthly/bi-monthly) per year should suffice, with "as needed" baths coming in situations like a skunk encounter or something. Indoor/outdoor cats also generally need to be bathed more often than cats who stay indoors 100% of the time.

Source.

Fivelives wrote:Unless, that is, you don't mind the musky scent of a cat's skin and coat. Personally, I don't care much for it, and it DOES get rather rank. Ever walked into a person's house that has multiple cats? That's the smell that I'm talking about - and it's not the litter box. It's the cats themselves that produce that odor.

Have you ever walked into a clean person's house that has multiple cats? What you're smelling is the person's general lack of hygiene - be it personal or living space - and not "multiple cats." While I will absolutely agree that a person becomes accustomed to the scent of their own home in time, I have been to many, many places where multiple cats reside and not noticed "cat smell." I have also been to a few where said "cat smell" was noticeable; but said places were also generally less well-kept. So you get things like cat hair and dander piling up in the dust. It's the by-products of the cat that produce the odor, not the cats themselves.
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Re: Daily LOLCats :: The OFFICIAL sticky.

Postby Invisusira » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:55 am

Also, since I asked for sauce it's only fair I provide you with some.

General interest sites usually automatically assume you're talking about cat pee when you ask about cat odor:
http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/ ... -2167.html
http://www.getridofthings.com/get-rid-of-cat-urine.htm

"Ask the internet" sites inform you that cats don't normally smell, and point to health problems:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_do_cats_smell
http://www.ehow.com/about_4587455_cat-odor.html

Wikipedia suggests regular bathing of longhairs but denotes that there is no actual reference or source for the suggestion, and mentions nothing of bathing shorthair cats or cats in general:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_longhaired_cat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_shorthaired_cat

And finally (and perhaps most relevantly), sites specializing in cats offer tips and suggestions to bathe your cats, but also denote that the reason you would actually wash them is only if they got themselves into some sort of mess - that their own personal grooming is more than adequate (shorthairs in particular):
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/ ... r-cat.aspx
http://www.thecatsite.com/Care/38/Bathi ... Wills.html
http://www.pets.ca/cats/tips/tip-87-cat ... he-my-cat/

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Re: Daily LOLCats :: The OFFICIAL sticky.

Postby Fivelives » Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:41 am

I was allergic to cats when I was a kid, so we never had any in the house. When I got out of the military, I stayed with family for a few weeks while I found a job/etc.

There were 10 cats in the house. Litterbox was changed daily and disinfected twice a week (generally just plain replaced once a month as well), and the house was kept scrupulously clean. When I say scrupulously, I mean "dusts the underside of the tables" clean.

Yeah, OCD. Anyway, I digress.

Cats have a scent, just like everything else. It builds up, just like with anything else. Bathing removes said scent. 2+2=Kat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_communication#Scent
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