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How is a dog's health affected if he's (almost) never bathed?

When was the last time you saw a wolf showering? :) We've got a pure breed Siberian Husky and an Alaskan Husky for 3.5 and 2 years now. The older one was bathed twice so far (before we got him and ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

To be honest, if you get most of the chunks out and blot the dampness up as much as you can, I'd let her clean the rest of it herself. Grooming is a self soothing activity, and since she doesn't know ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

Often with cats you have to adopt a "do a little at a time strategy" as many cats do not like being restrained or roughly held down. Whichever cleaning method you use start by petting and praising ...
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Can I bathe my cat with shampoo?

So, in general I would avoid bathing a cat unless there's a real strong need to do so. The only time I've ever really needed to do that was for fleas, the cat was unable to groom, or the cat got into ...
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How can I help my cat to enjoy, or at least accept, bathing

Cats naturally clean themselves, unless they have a condition where they are unable to. If your cat cleans itself, I would recommend not washing it. Even though there are shampoos that are "safe" for ...
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Can I bathe my cat with shampoo?

Keep in mind that cats are licking themselves a lot. You wouldn't want to put anything on their fur that you don't want them to consume in small quantities. I am using a hypoallergenic, liquid PH 5.5 ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

We have a Norwegian Forest Cat who often gets mats and into plenty of messes. I second the answers above for the most mild methods for helping your cat gently get cleaned. If you have an issue where ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

I agree with Beo and Zaralynda... both are good advice. I'd like to add some other tips and perspective here too. Cats, in general, hate bathing. However, if a cat is seriously soiled, especially ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

This has happens a lot with long hair cats, but if you keep their litter bin clean it will happen less. Cats hate the small of their pee and poo, this is why they try to bury it. They don't like dirty ...
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Can I bathe my cat with shampoo?

Don't use regular shampoo -- cats have very sensitive skin and regular shampoo will dry it out and irritate it. Most big pet stores will have special cat shampoo available. As an alternative, I have ...
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

We use a biosoap with a soft nail brush. Skatter absolutely loves having his shell scrubbed. We put a couple drops of soap in the sink, then dip the brush. Sure to always rinse him off after. It is ...
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How do I safely bathe a chinchilla in their dust?

I used to take care of my sisters chinchilla, and I used a small-ish plastic box with the dust inside of it. As to "how", all we really had to do was to let him loose in the vicinity of the said box ...
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How can I keep a guinea pig clean?

This post is a little late after your original question, but I could not help to finish this for anyone who sees this question! You should try putting the wood pellets (Or whatever soft animal bedding ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

My 17 y/o had a colon resection and goes in her sleep so her butt, tail, and hips are soiled with feces daily. I wipe her after each elimination if I see it, with a dry, then damp, then dry cloth but ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

I have a long-haired cat who is generally tidy, although once or twice in his 14 years he's been stricken with diarrhea for various reasons. The way I clean his butt (and this only really applies to ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

Given that you want to avoid a bath and that this is a rescue cat who doesn't know or trust you yet, I'd suggest the "little at a time" method. Depending on how nasty the poop is, you might want ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

My cat tries so hard but has never been able to get her bottom totally clean. I can see in her eyes that it makes her sad. I usually do this every other day. This remedy is quick and easy for both of ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

I have a ragdoll Siamese mix with long fur, and I have found that a simple butt bath, that is, only washing the cats bottom with soap and water on a wash cloth then rinsing the cloth and using it to ...
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Is cleaning a dog's floppy ears necessary?

If Peanut (cute name) is an inside dog, which it sounds like she is, cleaning weekly isn't necessary. However - dirt, germs, etc can get in there at any time when she goes outside, and they could get ...
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How is a dog's health affected if he's (almost) never bathed?

I think it is quite recent that dogs [or cats for that matter] have been considered in "need" of any regular bath at all. Basically, since we ourselves have started to shower/bathe on ...
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How is a dog's health affected if he's (almost) never bathed?

Mario pretty much covered the answer, but just to add another voice to the mix. We had a Saint Bernard's for 8 years before he passed away and we bathed him like maybe once a year when we changed ...
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How often should i give bath to my cat? She feels so much afraid of water

Cats are well-known for having a natural dislike of water (with some exceptions); they don't like to be wet and aren't going to stay in a situation where they're getting wet, so it should come as no ...
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Can I bathe my cockatoo with Dettol solution?

What should I use? Never use anything but plain water when bathing your bird, even shampoo's marketed for birds are not good. Birds have a preen gland called the uropygial gland which secretes oils to ...
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How can I help my cat to enjoy, or at least accept, bathing

There are a few -- VERY few -- cats that enjoy getting wet. A friend reports once having a kitten that liked to join her in the tub, which was fine until the time the kitten decided to get out of the ...
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Is it OK to wash my dogs head/face with the hose and dog shampoo?

A good alternative is to get dog bathing wipes and wipe around their face. This way there is no risk of anything getting into their eyes. However, you'd have to check to make sure that there is ...
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Liquid Dial dish soap for flea-soap(shampoo) usage

Dish soap, bar soap, liquid soap, shampoo (for humans) is a no-no for cat's (or dogs). Cats skin is a significantly different Ph than human skin and using these products can cause irritation, itching, ...
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How do you clean poop out of a long hair cat's fur?

I woke up yesterday with my long haired cat being a bit restless. As I took a closer look, she had 5 pieces of poop stuck to the fur at her butt. I tried to pull them off but she didn't like it so i ...
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

I have extremely sensitive skin and so I find that using just a tiny bit of my gentle everyday use face wash works to rid him of his smell. I only do this about once every two months. I don't ...
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How can I clean the shell of my tortoise?

My tortoise, Beef, loves being scrubbed with a toothbrush on the back of shell, only with dawn soap. We only use the original type (blue/original), but I use a damp cotton ball to wipe off dirt from ...
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Cat bath and its ears considerations

Not sure if the breed of the cat makes a difference when it comes to water in ears, but I could be wrong. I’ve heard many times the same thing your sister told you. I think they must have a hard ...
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