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CleoBaby

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Hello everyone,
Cleo and I are hoping you guys can help us out.
The lady I got her from said that after Cleo gets a bath she gets covered in little bumps for about two days and then they go away. Right now she has some bumps and needs a bath. What shampoo or wash is good? I don't want to wash her and have her covered in bumps :Cry:
The lady said that Cleo does not like her bath time...what should I do at first, just put her in the bath, or can I just wash her with a wet rag or something?
Also I need food recommendations. Cleo has been fed Science Diet kitten, but I was thinking of putting her on something more healthy...
Thank you in advance and any other advice would be greatly appreciated:Smile:
 

abbyknitter

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Well most people use baby shampoo to wash sphynxs. Abby doesn't like her bath either...but i get in the tub with her and pet her while we are in the tub....though be warned depending on the kitty's temperment this can be dangerous! Also make sure the water goes up to her chest...Most baldies feel more comfortable with water up to the chest and make sure it is warm water:ThumbsUp:
 

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There are a few you can try.
Baby Shampoo has never worked for my sphynxs.
I use Burts Bees or Sphynx Shampoo made for sphynx cats
Dove or Aveeno work also.
Also the owners of this site are coming out with a sphynx shampoo.
It sounds like she is having a reaction to whatever shampoo she is using.
My sphynxs do not get bumps after their baths.
There are many foods you can try.
It really depends on the cat.
My Cleo and Wrinkles get N/B Duck because Wrinkles is allergic to everything.
Polar gets Chicken Soup.
I like the Natural Foods.


 

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I use EarthBath products for washing Gizzy and he has never had any bumps. He is fed Nature's Variety Instinct (canned and kibble)- he really enjoys the game meats such as venison and rabbit.

As far as bathing, I agree with what the others said. It is not enough to wash them with a washcloth, but water up to the chest helps.

Congrats on your new baby and welcome to the Lair!!!:ThumbsUp:
 

emmysmom10

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Emmy and Keemo get baths in the kitchen sink and as long as I loosely hold the neck they do ok, even though they make noises.
I just started using J&J baby body wash(Oatmeal I believe) and its seems to be doing great and smells awesome...before that I used a tear free puppy/kitten shampoo and didn't have any problems with that, but the new one smells way better and comes in a bottle with a pump. Keeping sensitive baby wipes around for the eyes, nails, in between baths, and the little poop and litter messes really helps.
Also, make sure to get a good ear cleaning solution...vets that know the breed usually have some good recommendations.

I have both the kitties on ProPlan Chicken and Rice, regular for Emmy and kitten for Momo. They absolutely love it! And meat is the first ingredient, also it has 40% protien, and that's more than most foods I looked at, averaging 30-34%.
There are some good threads on here discussing food that you might want to search for, just remember ultimately its upto your babies and what they like.
Good luck, we are all here if you need help:BigSmile:
 

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I use baby schampoo for body and baby wipes for head, face and inner ears as far as I reach.
 

CleoBaby

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Thank you everyone! You all were very helpful!
Well I gave Cleo her first bath....she hated it, but she let me wash her as long as she wasn't in the water. Hopefully with time she will get used to it.
First lesson learned...make sure you cut her nails before you put her in water :LOL:
I didn't want to use the bath wash that gave her the bumps, so I used 100% Olive Oil soap. Has anyone every tried it?
So far she has no bumps, is clean, but she seems a little dry. Is there a lotion I can use on her?
Definitely going to try that Sphynx Shampoo when it comes out :Smile:
Yay I am so happy I found the Lair!!. :BigSmile:
 

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I use Johnson's Baby Wash and just sit her in the bathtub on my lap. She doesn't like it but she's much better that way than getting a bath by herself in the tub or sink. She eats Blue Buffalo canned food and Core Wellness dry is down all the time. No problems with bumps here. Sphynx often require trial and error to find products that don't irritate them.
 

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She looks so cute in the towel!!! But also a little POed... LOL

I learned from Jacksmom that cetaphil works great on naked babies dry skin. It softens without getting greasy or clogging pores. I use it on Giz every week now.
 

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coconut oil. Most sphynx owners use it before or during bath time. Depending on where you live it may be available at the grocery store. I live in atlantic Canada and it costs $10 for a mason size jar at the grocery store. That has lasted me 2 years.
You can use it as a "shampoo" in the bath or put it on a few mins ahead of the bath and wash it off.
It cleans them really well and doesnt cause dryness. They also like the taste.
 

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I use johnson&johnson baby shampoo on my kitties. I also incorporate coconut oil during their bath time. I find that once its rubbed in some that it helps loosen the dirt and the soap and a washcloth just pull the dirt right off. I wash my kitties in the tub with the water at a high warm temp, not too hot but really warm and at chest level, this seems to keep them calm. I also do my nail cleaning and trimming after bath time. I wrap them up in a large towel afterwards and I pull a paw out one at a time and clean and trim. I find that I don't get clawed when someone tries to escape because they can't! They are wrapped up like lil babies! lol

Welcome to the Lair! Your kitty is gorgeous!
 

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Hi CleoBaby and welcome to the lair! Our Sphynx Shampoo will be out shortly and works miracles on naked kittys! The problem with Olive oil soap is that the Ph is much too high and will dry out the skin. Our soap will work perfect for you, all natural and just right for your kitty and be available soon!:ThumbsUp:
 
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