and I have successfully bathed our cats. We used scent-free baby shampoo, though in the future we'll get special pet shampoo. (Apparently human shampoo isn't pH balanced for feline skin, and that's no good.) Ela went first, and was fascinated by the water as it filled the tub -- much less interested in it once we lowered him down into the wet. He put up a pretty mild fight, long periods of being fairly docile interspersed with attempts to escape, but towards the end he made the most awful yowling noises. ;_; Poor baby.
I thought Roxas might get scared off by the sounds of cat-torture coming from our upstairs bathroom, but he almost slept through it. We scooped him up and took him into the bathroom for his turn. If anything he was even calmer, for the most part -- one escape attempt sliced us both open, though, and resulted in him hiding behind the shower curtain for a little bit. He yowled pitifully once, and was then resigned to the rest of the experience. What a good boy~
We suspect that Roxas was more tolerant because he's younger; closer still to that kitten age where you hold still and let Mom bathe you. To emulate that experience, we're considering an alternative kay_willow
found online -- wet washcloth spongebath-esqueness.
Both cats are very wet and skinny and pitiful-looking. But they're also both clean, so. ♥ We win. Even if we do have to change clothes now because everything got soaked in the process.