Monday, June 13, 2016

How to Wash Your Cat ....Punjabi Style

If you're involved with a Punjabi you know they have the reputation of being loud and aggressive. So to imagine them bathing a cat is pretty unusual. However, hubby dearly loves his rescue kitty and she got fleas recently when she got outdoors.

She's NOT an outdoor cat and never has been but knowing there was another cat outside was too much for her to bear. She bolted out the door one day so they could sniff each other and it's all been downhill from there. The other cat is an outdoor cat, has no flea collar, is very affectionate and it's flea season. We knew our Foxy was doomed.

So I promptly bought a flea collar and flea shampoo. The flea shampoo was a backup but it only took once of hubby seeing a flea on his beloved kitty for him to panic and start watching YouTube videos to learn how to wash a cat.

Now, let me describe Foxy. She's a 3 year old, 13lb (6 KG), long-haired, de-clawed, bitchy attitude but super-friendly, dominate ruler of our bedroom. Here's Foxy on a good day.

See what I mean. My freshly washed comforter hadn't been tainted with her fur balls yet and thus she promptly made it her bed. She's a spoiled cat.

Hubby has this cat trained to talk to him, come to him when he calls her, climb where he wants her to  climb, etc. Their relationship is both funny and cute. Anyway, back to this flea bath.

Hubby chose to bathe her in the kitchen sink. This didn't make me the happiest but since he didn't tell me first, it was too late to stop him once the festivities started. But it wasn't too late to take pictures...which I'm sure he wouldn't want posted LOL.

Lol. Hind leg in the air as she feels assaulted and is not really ready for this whole bathing experience. Truthfully she didn't do that bad nor did she fight that much with him but I couldn't help but giggle when I caught her kicking her leg up like she had had enough.

This is Foxy, resigned to her fate as a wet cat. She does not look amused at all!

And this is how he talked to her to calm her down right before he sprayed her in the face to wash the shampoo off. They do seem to be having a real conversation. You can only imagine my level of giggling as he told her he was doing this for her and it was because he loved her.

Here's a good shot of how deep she let the water get. As you notice, she's no longer fighting. But if you look close you can see the scratches on his arm from her back paws when she rolled over in the sink in the first photo.

Needless to say, she left behind a full hand full of fur in my sink. The counters were wet. The floor was wet. Rohit was wet. I was wet (because I helped spray and she then flung it back at us.) The walls were wet. And Foxy....yeah, Foxy is still wet several hours later!

How about your desi? Has he fell in love with any animals since you made you life together? Has he learned how to bathe a cat?


  1. I want to make certain observations about the general behaviour of Indians with regard to pets. There are very few pets in India, I think it has something to do with space constrains. When we were growing up, we were told to keep away from dogs due to the widespread fear of Rabies. The only cure was fourteen painful injections in the stomach. So, people generally kept off animals. The pet owners in India are also very careless with their pets and a general nuisance to the society. The pets are made to poop everywhere much to the annoyance of other people. It is a major cause of fights. The pet owners are kind of touchy feely about their pets. Pets are wonderful loyal friends but for other people, you never know.

    Nowdays, a new trend has started in India. People feed dogs on streets. These dogs occupy portions of footpaths. Used to regular feeding, they get agitated when the don't get food. There religious beliefs some recently discovered modern animal love behind this behavior. Many of these dogs actually attack people and are in general nuisance to the locality. This is the height of animal love without consideration for others.


  2. Oh dear.
    Our kitties are flea, tick, and worm free thanks to an application of Frontline Plus monthly. Our dog is too.
    My husband likes cats but had no idea about litter boxes nor spaying & neutering. That was definitely an educational process in being a responsible pet owner.

    We started having kitties when a mama cat adopted us and began having babies under the stairs to our front porch. She was the "mother of the multitudes" until a spay clinic came through our neighborhood. Now we have 3 kitties (all fixed) left. Nepalis don't like cats much and will kill them if caught in their houses or killing livestock like baby rabbits or chickens.

    I saw our dog first at a local market begging, covered with ticks, and suffering a huge festering wound on her backside. I gave her an antibiotic injection & put the Frontline Plus on her for the ticks at the market thinking I'd never see her again. The next day she was at our front gate. She now sleeps on our porch or at the gate and surprisingly does not bother the kitties. She will walk with me to the market now too. She has her own special spot in the back garden to poop.

    My husband insists on feeding the cats & the dog fresh buffalo meat daily (no dry chow). I'm surprised he's taken so well to the dog as dogs are oft maligned in Islam as dirty.

    The stray dog population has decreased dramatically due to spay clinics from NGO's like HART (Himalayan Animal Rescue Team). Rabies is now less prevalent as the newly spayed dogs are vaccinated for rabies at the same time they're spayed. Before the spay clinics packs of strays dogs would attack people and livestock. Nepalis used to put out poison to kill stray dogs as they didn't know any other option to control them.