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Milk Bath. Cat + water + flickr = the biggest, saddest cat eyes I have ever seen. Via.
posted by onlyconnect (61 comments total)
 
Damn, it's all about cats these days...
posted by RufusW at 5:16 PM on April 8, 2006


needs more scanner.
posted by blue_beetle at 5:20 PM on April 8, 2006



posted by Dreamghost at 5:21 PM on April 8, 2006


Over at MetaChat today -- Puppies vs. Cat [Google video].
posted by ericb at 5:22 PM on April 8, 2006


Wow, a posting of cats on MetaFilter. The (usually) absence of cats is why I come here instead of fark. My faith is now shaken.
posted by gagglezoomer at 5:26 PM on April 8, 2006


Your favorite animal species sucks.
posted by Galvatron at 5:27 PM on April 8, 2006


wow, look at that dripping wet pussy!
posted by wakko at 5:28 PM on April 8, 2006


Wow, a posting of cats on MetaFilter. The (usually) absence of cats is why I come here instead of fark. My faith is now shaken.

One of the first posts on this site was about people scanning there cats. I'm sorry we interrupted your newsfilterfest...
posted by Dreamghost at 5:29 PM on April 8, 2006


Why do cats hate being bathed so much?
posted by Jon Mitchell at 5:29 PM on April 8, 2006


Why do cats hate being bathed so much?

They just hate all the bad puns.
posted by The White Hat at 5:33 PM on April 8, 2006


Why do cats hate being bathed so much?
posted by Jon Mitchell

You know, I have no idea.

Every cat I've ever had just detested it, except for one.

He was a Maine Coon, maybe that had something to do with it. He also had no problem with going out in rain/34 deg. temps.
posted by Relay at 5:43 PM on April 8, 2006


What is this cat-scanning thing? Can someone direct me to the thread, please?
posted by arcticwoman at 5:44 PM on April 8, 2006


What a beautiful cat. In the first few pics, it looked so sweet and cooperative, but in this pic, it looks like a cartoon. I found this sequence amusing, thanks.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:45 PM on April 8, 2006


but have you watched the milk bath...on weed?

i thought that was awesome, beautiful and amazing.

i've never viewed photos as a slideshow and then seen all the photos in the photoset and then, yes, wanted to start again at the beginning. at least, not before tonight.

different people will have different preferences about whether photos of cats taking baths are interesting. different people will find aesthetic value in photos that other people don't think are that great. i happen to like them, but what's more important is the flickr of genius.

some folks may not have experienced the flickr of genius, but it exists. remember buying records or tapes or whatever and listenign to them while poring over the liner notes? nowadays you kill time by looking up bands you think you might like and download the records that were rated best if the description seems promising. instead of reading the liner notes, you look up reviews or the band website while you listen to the record.

the other day i was basically doing this with a newish band called the hold steady and ran into a link to photos tagged "the hold steady" in flickr. it was pretty good, a lot of photos taken by fans at shows, so it made a great impromptu music video, and flickr has somehow changed the way i listen to music (sometimes).

anyhow, milk cat made a great video for e.m.p.t.y. by clientele.

and it was hottt!
posted by snofoam at 5:58 PM on April 8, 2006


arcticwoman, not sure if you're kidding, but the oldest surviving Metafilter thread is about a cat-scanning site.
posted by nicwolff at 6:00 PM on April 8, 2006


Fuck. It's like Monkeyfilter except I haven't been banned yet.
posted by Decani at 6:02 PM on April 8, 2006


Life imitates art animation.
posted by rob511 at 6:04 PM on April 8, 2006


That cat must be declawed. There's no human blood or torn human flesh in those pics.

Also, Decani is a known and radio-tagged poopy-pants. He's being watched.
posted by loquacious at 6:17 PM on April 8, 2006


Also, Decani is a known and radio-tagged poopy-pants. He's being watched.

Woah. That's cool. I like to be watched. If you know what I mean. And I think you do.
posted by Decani at 6:23 PM on April 8, 2006


You just made all the ladies on my contact list very happy.
posted by furtive at 6:30 PM on April 8, 2006


Dogs are smarter.
posted by Raoul.Duke at 6:37 PM on April 8, 2006


Decani: Yeah. Tonight it'll be different though. No koala fursuit. Tonight my handlers have requested that you wear the penguin suit. Leave the blinds open.

Raoul.Duke: If by "smart" you mean "willing and able to happily chase a thrown ball down a hole head-first, more than once", then yes, dogs are smarter.
posted by loquacious at 6:44 PM on April 8, 2006


That cat must be declawed. There's no human blood or torn human flesh in those pics.

it is possible to give a cat a bath without her getting violent on you ... it helps if

1) you let the cat out every 15 seconds or so to run to the closed bathroom door ... by the time you put her back in, she's ready to take some more

2) the cat is very concerned about the large glob of toothpaste your toddler put all over her back and knows that she doesn't want to lick it off ... and she doesn't want it to stay there ... and that although the water may be unpleasant, it's not as bad as having aquafresh scented fur for the rest of her life

your cat, of course, may try to murder you ... but again, your cat may not be dumb enough to sit still for a rugrat armed with a tube of toothpaste
posted by pyramid termite at 6:47 PM on April 8, 2006


ps - long sleeve flannels are your friends in this situation
posted by pyramid termite at 6:50 PM on April 8, 2006


The most terrible. By far.
posted by Suparnova at 6:56 PM on April 8, 2006


Apparently cats have manga eyes in Asia.

Btw cats I had to bath totally imploded: their fur flattenend they looked extremely skinny. Entirely not their endearing fluffy selves.
posted by jouke at 7:06 PM on April 8, 2006


i liked the part where the cat got wet lol
posted by Mikey-San at 7:08 PM on April 8, 2006


Rob: The similarity with the cat in Shrek indeed is amazing.
posted by jouke at 7:12 PM on April 8, 2006


FlickrFilter
posted by hockeyman at 7:12 PM on April 8, 2006


Raoul.Duke: If by "smart" you mean "willing and able to happily chase a thrown ball down a hole head-first, more than once", then yes, dogs are smarter.

haha... almost the exact words of some coworkers of mine.. it's an ongoing debate...

My retort is usually along the lines of.. well, I can kick a cat ten days in a row for doing something, and on the eleventh day the cat will not even hesitate to do it again..
posted by Raoul.Duke at 7:34 PM on April 8, 2006


Bathing cats requires sedatives. We had a Maine Coon, too, and he would put up with it to a point until he got to be 20 pounds. Then, it was a struggle.

These pictures were hysterical.
posted by Medieval Maven at 7:40 PM on April 8, 2006


Ha. Very nice, thanks.
posted by geekyguy at 7:41 PM on April 8, 2006


Is this something you would have to have the poop-spread cat-loving brain parasite to enjoy?
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:42 PM on April 8, 2006


I am confused. I was looking for a cat being bathed in milk. However, I deduce that "milk" is the name of the cat itself.

Those are unnaturally large eyes, aren't they?
posted by Savannah at 7:49 PM on April 8, 2006


Those eyes look Photoshopped, frankly.
posted by jscalzi at 8:10 PM on April 8, 2006


Those eyes look Photoshopped, frankly.

They look it, don't they? But scottish folds (which is what "Milk" apparently is) are known for their large, expressive eyes.
posted by LeeJay at 8:22 PM on April 8, 2006


OMG, T3H K4T PH34R!!!
posted by deusdiabolus at 8:22 PM on April 8, 2006


I just love the fact that in the last picture the cat is wrapped, womb-like, in a towel. It makes the whole ordeal seem kind of cyclical.
posted by Kronoss at 8:25 PM on April 8, 2006


These are the Persians.
posted by longsleeves at 8:26 PM on April 8, 2006


Actually reminds me more of that dog-like thing in the Neverending Story. Normally I don't go much for the 'aww, cat on the Internet' crap - being a dog person, myself - but this was sweet. They lend themselves to great captions (especially this baby he looks like he's saying, "does this qualify as Chinese water torture?"). Anyway, great photoset as a slideshow.
posted by rmm at 8:29 PM on April 8, 2006


I kept wondering where the milk was, until LeeJay's comment.
posted by gubo at 8:30 PM on April 8, 2006


FelineFilter.

Stupid.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:30 PM on April 8, 2006


well, I can kick a cat ten days in a row for doing something, and on the eleventh day the cat will not even hesitate to do it again.

Thats not stupidity, thats tenacity.
posted by googlebombed at 8:52 PM on April 8, 2006




WHY GOD? WHY?
posted by Grimgrin at 9:31 PM on April 8, 2006 [1 favorite]


How I bathe my cats
posted by Aknaton at 9:51 PM on April 8, 2006


I've never tried bathing a cat, but I do have to get fur mats off my cat with clippers every once in a while. He's an 18 lbs. Maine Coon mix, and he has his claws.

We found a muzzle/mask thingy at he pet store. It wraps around his face and velcros in back, leaving a small opening to see and breathe. I guess it has a horse blinders type effect and really calms the cat down. I still have to gently restrain him to go at it with the clippers, but he doesn't struggle nearly as much, or as aggressively. Cat folks here should check it out, if you have some maintainance to do on an uncooperative cat.
posted by glycolized at 9:53 PM on April 8, 2006


If you have one of these cats you only wipe em down with a damp washcloth.
posted by hortense at 10:21 PM on April 8, 2006


Best cat-bathing device ever invented is a nylon mesh bag with a cinch at the top. Open bag, insert cat, tail-first (that's the hardest part), cinch shut around cat's neck. Do not strangle cat in the process. Cat will be able to wriggle around, but will be unable to get legs free, so bathing is simple, except for the soul-rending meows of terror and despair. For added fun, fill tub first, then toss cat in! Cats sink! Retrieve quickly.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 10:28 PM on April 8, 2006


Even if you hate cats, you certainly can't deny the technical perfection of these photos. Thanks!
posted by malthas at 10:38 PM on April 8, 2006




That cat isn't declawed, you can tell from the pictures.
posted by onalark at 11:09 PM on April 8, 2006


hmm. I don't get it. I have a cat. It's ok but it's nothing to write on the internet about... then again maybe I'm missing out because I've never bathed it?
posted by Jelreyn at 1:07 AM on April 9, 2006


I keep my cat's nails trimmed. No scratches.
posted by Plinko at 3:19 AM on April 9, 2006


the technical perfection of these photos

They do look really good. This one reminds me of this one.
posted by mediareport at 6:59 AM on April 9, 2006


*splurt!* Dreamghost , that image ... waaaaay too funny. ow, ow, my sides
posted by dabitch at 7:05 AM on April 9, 2006


Milk bath? Looks like water to me.
posted by ktoad at 10:51 AM on April 9, 2006


Our cat, Mister Gato, has suffered from eosinophilic granuloma complex (which it sort of looks like is what Milk might have - IANAV, but the sores under the legs, in what would be the "armpit" area if cats had armpits, are typical--they're visible in a couple of shots.)

We've been lucky in that we have been able to sponge the affected areas with a topical solution and done all right with that, but bathing is necessary sometimes too.

Milk (and his owners) have our sympathies. Hope he's feeling better soon. Amazingly great pictures.
posted by enrevanche at 10:55 AM on April 9, 2006


I really like the first one, where Milk really looks like he/she knows what's coming.
posted by PhatLobley at 10:56 AM on April 9, 2006


If I had to wash a cat, I think I'd wear whole lot more clothing than that!
posted by Orrorin at 6:34 PM on April 9, 2006


Nice flickr set, onlyconnect. Thanks for posting!

The easiest way I've found for washing cats is to strip down (or minimal clothing - shorts, etc.) and get in the shower with it . I've done it in showers with curtains and doors; cats don't seem to know the difference. This works best with a partner - have him/her waiting with a towel.
posted by deborah at 3:09 PM on April 10, 2006


I've found the best way to wash cats is to trap them in the garage with a garden hose and fling soapy water at them from afar, but every time I do it my girlfriend calls me a monster.
posted by Astro Zombie at 4:22 PM on April 10, 2006


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