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Old 01-21-2013, 12:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:45 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Any tips or tricks on bath time would be greatly appreciated
Yes, bath time can be interesting to say the least. Fortunately my Ivy is becoming resigned to the indignity and is protesting less, though I am very careful to always keep one hand on her or she is liable to leap out. I think it just takes time for them to realize that it IS going to happen whether they like it or not, so they might as well give up protesting.

Do you use a kitchen sink that has a sprayer? I find that the easiest due to no bending over a bathtub; I can get the job done faster and more comfortably - for me - if I'm standing up straight rather than hunched over a tub but I'm getting old and creaky. I really like bathing her in my double kitchen sink. I always put a rubber sink mat in the bottom to giver her secure footing, and her favorite position is with her back feet in one sink and her front paws perched on the "wall" between the two sinks and her head over the 2nd sink. I think she thinks she's escaping in this position so she struggles less, silly girl. I find this an excellent position for bathing her. Since her front end is elevated the water/soap naturally runs backwards off her head and stays out of her eyes better. It also makes washing her tummy, chest, and legs easier. And the front-end elevated position makes rinsing her off a lot faster and more efficient too.

It's nice because this is her chosen position for bath time, yet it makes her easier to bathe. My first Maltese who died at age 17 this past August also assumed the same position for bathes so it may be fairly common when bathing in this type of sink.

Just be sure to always keep one hand and both eyes on them at all times because they can leap out in a split second and maybe get hurt. It might be helpful if you had a 2nd person assist you for awhile; the assistant could hold her while you do the washing.

If she is totally incorrigible for baths, a cat bag might work until she learns to behave. I got mine (for use in giving an incorrigible cat shots without us being shredded) on ebay very cheaply but they are available at many pet stores. You can bathe with the animal in the mesh bag, just unzipping whatever part you need access to at the moment. Here's what I'm talking about; they come in different sizes:

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Old 01-21-2013, 01:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Welcome to SM! Such an adorable lil girl!! I'm fairly new here as well, but can tell you that this is such an great website for not only information, but support and friendship as well. Hope you stick around
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:20 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:15 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks to Ivys Mom for the info, i had never heard of a cat bag, although I don't think she was that bad. I did wash her in the sink, but I tried to keep all 4 feet inside and maybe that is where I made the mistake. I will try it like you said with her front feet on the partition between the sinks. I wash my daughters Yorkie once a week usually, so that is the plan with Izzy too, is that the norm for most everyone here too?

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