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Can you have a cat re-waterproofed?

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Anne58 Wed 05-Aug-15 16:50:07

I'm sure that most cats must have a degree of waterproofing, or at least be showerproof, but Oliver Sprout's appears to have either been incorrectly applied, or have worn off in some way confused

It is raining, which is not unusual in Devon, and both the boys have just come in. Digby has a dense (how apt) coat, with a beautifully silky top layer. He comes in with a sort of fine mist shimmering on his stripey fur.

Oliver Sprout, on the other hand, has a somewhat coarser coat, and comes in looking as if he has either been swimming of his own accord, or has been dunked by some psychotic passer by into at the very least a deep puddle, or more likely a pond.

He is SOAKED , fur sticking up in spikes, every inch of him absolutely saturated. The state of him bears no relation whatsoever to the amount or duration of rainfall. He steps daintily through the window and onto the small towel that is permanently on that section of the worktop directly beneath the window to absorb any water from paws, and presents himself ready for drying.

He has his own towel (a rather old one that has seen better days) and stands there while being given a good duffing up brisk rub down all over (including under the tummy and around the back legs, several pulls on the tail for good measure). He loves it. Digby does not like being wet, although in his case it is better described as "damp" or "moist" , but will not succumb to the towel, instead he performs an intricate pasa doble around ones legs in the hope of getting a "pick up cuddle". This achieves 2 things. Firstly, he gets cuddled (obviously). Secondly, there is an almost osmotic (probably the wrong word) transfer of the the delicate droplets of water from the cuddlee to the clothing of the cuddler.

I am at a complete loss as to how Oliver Sprout gets so wet. I believe that there are breeds of cat (Turkish Van?) that love water and will happily swim, but as research shows that they tend to be mainly white with the odd ginger bit, and himself is a sort of silverish tabby, I don't think that is the answer.

Does anyone else have a water absorbent sponge cat?

Jane10 Wed 05-Aug-15 16:53:41

All our cats appear to have been water repellent. They do have triple layer fur coats though which could help.

loopylou Wed 05-Aug-15 16:59:32

Now that you mention it when we had three cats, all moggies, one was a drip version like Oliver Sprout. Never thought about it before [embarassed]

rosesarered Wed 05-Aug-15 17:04:13

Our last cat was a Turkish Van, he had a lovely silvery white coat with a spot of ginger on his back a ginger tail and a bit on his nose.But the other cat was a long haired tabby who used to have a wonderful coat, but after I gave him a soapy bath one day, oh dear, ever after he had a coat like the one you describe and needed towelling.Must have been because I used ordinary shampoo , baby shampoo and not special cat stuff!

tanith Wed 05-Aug-15 17:06:28

I've never thought about it either but we had a long haired black and white cat who always looked like a drowned rat if she got caught out and a short hair tortoiseshell cat who just got a few drops on her coat and seemed to just shake it off like a dog.. how odd!!

Anne58 Wed 05-Aug-15 17:16:01

I have never bathed Oliver Sprout, with any sort of shampoo, although of course I cannot vouch for what ablutionary procedures he may have undergone before coming to us.

I have had cats for all of my life, but have never known one get as sodden as him!

shysal Wed 05-Aug-15 17:30:43

Saffron, my Bengal, comes in like a drowned rat, and they are a water-loving breed. She hates to be towelled and licks herself dry amazingly efficiently. Her fur is very fine and silky with a 'glitter'.
Bugsy, on the other hand, has a thick coarser coat and never gets wet. He will sit in the garden when it rains, and doesn't even seem to notice!
I had never given it thought before, but it is interesting!

Anya Wed 05-Aug-15 17:46:54

Try 'Dubbin' (sp?) if it's still available

Anne58 Wed 05-Aug-15 17:53:58

Anya it is, and as luck would have it, I have a tin of it in the cupboard under the sink..............................grin

If anyone has any tips on the best way to dubbin a cat, please do share them!

(Does one leave it to sink in, or buff to a shine?)

Elegran Wed 05-Aug-15 17:59:30

And what does it do to the inside of the cat, as well as the outside?

Tegan Wed 05-Aug-15 18:17:49

Maybe the cats diet could affect it [although I guess not, with some of you having several cats presumably on the same diet but with different degrees of waterproofing]. Thin, short haired cats probably originate from oriental breeds that live in countries where it might rain quite heavily but then be warm afterwards so the cat wouldn't catch a chill? We did have a tabby cat many years ago that we used to bath in perfumed shampoo; in retrospect he was a baby substitute but we didn't realise it at the time. He ran away from home and lived with someone else sad.

whitewave Wed 05-Aug-15 18:25:15

Not surprised tegan grin

annodomini Wed 05-Aug-15 18:27:32

I have, in my time, had two ginger cats neither of them waterproof. On the other hand, my long departed black cat, Sam, had a coat like sealskin - I saved the dubbin for my boots - and was never more than surface damp.

Anne58 Wed 05-Aug-15 18:55:30

I have never bathed a cat, although the dear departed Lily was occasionally subjected to enforced tail washing blush

She was long haired, pure white with a plume of a tail. Unfortunately her washing regime left something to be desired, and her tail often seemed to have dark roots.confused Trial and error led to us adopting the following practice.
NB. For maximum efficiency, and minimum personal injury, it is recommended that this procedure is carried out by 2 people.

1) Wait until cat is sound asleep on the sofa or armchair.

2) Clear the draining board of all items, and run some warm water into the sink. Fill 2 large jugs with warm water and leave within easy reach.

3) Position a bottle of shampoo (John Frieda's "Born Blonde" seemed to be the best) by the side of the sink. Also have a towel ready, but this may not be always be needed, see point 6.

4) Double check that the cat is indeed fast asleep. Once sure, Person 1 should grasp the cat firmly and at maximum speed proceed to lay it flat on the draining board, with it's rear end pointing towards the sink. Two hands should be deployed, one holding the back of the neck, and the other placed on the cat's hips/pelvis. Person 2 should dunk the tail in the water, apply the shampoo and massage into the fur quickly and thoroughly.

5) Remove the plug, and as the water drains away pour the contents of the 2 jugs over the tail, working the water through as you go to remove any shampoo residue.

6) If all this has been achieved in a very short space of time, and the cat still seems slightly stunned by the events, excess water can be removed by rapid twirling of the tail, although of course this can mean a fair bit of wiping down of walls etc afterwards. If this in not the case, rub briskly with the towel mentioned in point 3.

7) Release the cat, heave a sigh of relief and internally apply wine to both Persons 1 & 2

rosesarered Wed 05-Aug-15 19:17:10

Or, alternatively , have it dry cleaned?

MariClaire Wed 05-Aug-15 19:36:38

Born Blonde? Very creative grin

downtoearth Wed 05-Aug-15 19:48:07

just wondering if you have any ideas relating to bottom washing of a 4 stone Labrador that has dodgy hips and elbows and likes to scratch its bum on the carpet...anal glands are fine.she also likes the feel of swishing the conifer branchs around her nether regions...grin

Anne58 Wed 05-Aug-15 19:49:51

But would he come back on wire hanger covered in polythene? (We tend to only have wooden hangers)

And I hate to think of the cost! I had a particularly vile silk tie of Mr P's dry cleaned a while back. £5.99! shock I would have happily paid that for them to ruin the damn thing!

rosesarered Wed 05-Aug-15 19:52:01

Heehee Phoenix, poor Mr P, I'm sure he loves his tie.Well, I think Morrisons do a good deal on cat dry cleaning, but they do tend to be a bit on the flat side after all the pressing.

WilmaKnickersfit Wed 05-Aug-15 19:53:16

Maybe he's fishing in a neighbour's pond? Quick dart in to catch a fish and out again (with or without fish) will still leave him dripping wet! grin

rosesarered Wed 05-Aug-15 19:53:23

DowntoEarth..... Poor dogs, no hands or wet cotton wool for relief!grin

POGS Wed 05-Aug-15 19:53:43

A water pistol from 10 yards away! smile

rosesarered Wed 05-Aug-15 19:54:36

It was you POGS was it? shock

POGS Wed 05-Aug-15 19:54:44

Obviously to down to earth.

downtoearth Wed 05-Aug-15 19:55:38

kerching ....light bulb moment ...steam cleaning...grin