My mother and I discussed in low murmurs the deed that needed to be done. She said in the past my father had done it, but he had lost the will or the strength lately.
It was only I who could complete the difficult task.
I prepared myself both mentally and physically. I got my tools -- shampoo and a towel. I rolled down my sleeves. I prepared the space, filling the bath with about 3 inches with water.
Then, I went to task: I grabbed the unsuspecting cat by the scruff.
And bathed it.
Unhappy but clean, a drenched cat walked away in disgust from the bathroom.
My difficult task is complete.
Side note -- How to bath a cat: I have mastered the skill of getting cat into a tub. First, after entering the bathroom, lock yourself in. Then, you must have pushed back the shower curtain back all the way, lest the cat claw onto it. Next, in one continuous motion put the cat into a bath that already has about 2-3 inches of water in it. Do not let the cat even think it has a chance of escape; this means you may have to chance a few scratches -- wear long sleeves! Have enough water to soak the cat, but the cat can still stand. Some will submit once soaked, others will keep up the fight. Always have one hand on the scruff of their neck! I usually just use a cup for rinsing since many cats do not like the sprayer either.This post was in response to Mama Kat's writing prompt, "Can it be saved? Think of something that is ruined when it’s totally wet: like a newspaper or a piece of cheese. Write a scene (truth or fiction) that involves you and a soaked item." ;)