How to Wash a Cat
The Cat Washing Machine. What kind of mind can invent this sort of thing?
I have washed my cat once and that was because she fell into a tub of white emulsion paint. At the time I was painting the walls of the bathroom with that solid paint you can buy nowadays. My lady cat (a girl then) jumped up onto the edge of the bath and slipped and fell sideways into the slab of paint. It was all down her side and before long, after she raced off towards the bedroom, it was all down the walls and on the carpet and..well, everywhere really.
So, I plonked her into a sink and for the first and last time immersed her in the water, washed off the paint and dried her. She spent the next 30 minutes washing herself. While she did this (putting her smell back on herself) her brother hissed at her not recognizing her for the first time in his life. For an instant she was a complete stranger to him.
For me, this story pretty much tells me all I need to know about how to wash a cat. The answer is don't unless there is a medical reason for it (fleas or say mange requiring an insecticide wash) or you are showing your cat when a beautiful fluffy coat helps to win prizes.
But, someone has invented a machine, like a washing machine/tumble drier that is designed to wash cats and dogs commercially. You can see this horrible (some people find it hilarious) video on YouTube:
A lot of people think that this is how to wash a cat
It is a poor quality video because I think it is reworked. Anyway it has been seen a lot indicating an interest in what is a form of cat torture.
We all know that cats wash themselves. They are famous for it. So why put them in a commercial washing machine that terrifies them and apparently entertains us? It is like washing laundry and that is what it is all about. People are reducing the cat companion to an inanimate object again just as they do when they instruct a vet to declaw their cat.
Someone spent a lot of time and money inventing this infernal machine and they were completely misguided I think.
But, if you want to understand the state of mind of a substantial percentage of the population in respect of cats just read the comments. Here are just two:
lol i love putting cats in water so much fun
this is a more efficient way to wash your cats. it's not abusing them, so it's ok. it's a better way than having your cat rip up your arms
Of course, a lot of people don't like it. But a decent number don't mind and that is disturbing, I think.
We still have a long way to go before people are sensitive towards nature and our fellow creatures. Humankind can be terribly cruel towards non-human animals.