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« on: June 04, 2018, 05:23:09 PM »

Yes, this is a thing we do now, apparently. So for the last few months, on and off, Gypsy has been more incontinent than usual. She has always been a little bit incontinent, and dribbles pee in her sleep. So the good part of this is that being a little more incontinent isn’t as upsetting for her as it might be for a kitty with normal box habits. Downside is, the increased incontinence makes her bottom constantly wet and we were starting to get urine scald ulceration. Undecided

So, now Gypsy gets baths. And no, I did not think, going into this, that this was going to be remotely feasible, but apparently it is. It takes us only about 15 minutes, because we are just washing her bottom (thankfully).

Number 1 thing I learned: unless it’s a one time deal, shave the area you need to wash. I ended up buying this clipper (Wahl Arco Mini: https://www.chewy.com/wahl-mini-arco-pet-trimmer/dp/131922) that our vet uses, and I like it a lot. It makes a medium-low buzzing noise, not super super quiet, but not horribly loud. I do have the advantage Gypsy can no longer hear, but it has worked well and gives a nice close shave.

Having a spray nozzle on your sink is key!

The area I want to wash is her butt and lower belly, but the first time I tried doing everything in the sink it was incredibly awkward because I couldn’t see the areas I wanted to shampoo. So now I start with her lying on her side on two layers of bath towels next to the sink. I lather the shampoo onto her belly while she’s on the towel where I can see what I am doing, then put her into the sink and use the spray nozzle to rinse her off, keeping one hand on her scruff. She is surprisingly tolerant of this. (I got water everywhere the first few times, until I learned to sit her in the sink with her butt at the right angle so I wouldn’t end up  spraying up and over the edge. This works...mostly.) I dry her as much as possible in the sink, then put her back up on the counter to finish drying her off (I take the top layer of towel off so she can sit on the cleaner one). Then I put a layer of Vaseline on her shaved areas to protect her skin, and we’re done!

I use this shampoo: Bayer Hylit (https://www.amazon.com/Bayer-Hylyt-Pet-Shampoo-16-Ounce/dp/B00061MPCY). I started out with Johnson’s baby shampoo, but found that does not lather well and smells and doesn’t seem to rinse off easily either.   The Bayer Hylit does have a tiny bit of coconut smell to it when lathering, but it is really not noticeable, and rinses away decently.

After her bath she goes and grooms, of course  Roll Eyes, to fix all terrible terrible mistakes I’ve made in bathing her, but she seems to get over it quickly, and we are on to the rest of our day. In the meanwhile we are working on trying to figure out why she’s more incontinent than normal, but at least the bathing gets us through.
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2018, 06:23:35 AM »

We have a similar problem with Bruce .He's a dog but always has a poopy butt & tail. I have a double sink , so I use some of the organic ,hypoallergenic soap free shampoo as a bubble bath in the left side & plain water for a rinse in the right side. That way even as he is just sitting or standing in the water ,it's loosening the dried on dirt.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2018, 07:36:06 AM »

I got a little teary eyed reading this as it's exactly what I used to do with Thunder. I think I even have a video of it somewhere! For trimming the delicate rear end I used a men's beard trimmer - small, quiet, with rounded teeth so no danger of injury. I still use that trimmer on Stormy and Smoggy.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 06:38:32 PM »

You could also coconut oil on shaved areas it is really good for the skin, both for humans and for kitties. Some actually really like the smell, my Stefie loved coconut oil.
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