Post #bathtime snuggles! 🛁💞 • #RajahHart had his first #bath last night! It's something we'd been thinking about doing for a while -- I've read a bunch that indoor cats should be bathed 1-2 times/year, yet Rajah is almost 2 years old (already?! 😭) and has never had one! • I decided it finally needed to happen the other day, when @beckettmufson was holding the cat and declared that he smelled like... pancakes? 🤔🥞 That's not necessarily a bad association, but a strange one, and with Rajah about to strut his stuff and meet lots of new people at the @globalpetexpo this week, I wanted him to look and smell his best. • We didn't immediately jump into the tub -- I tried first to have a professional groomer do the deed. Internet research showed a pair of expert cat groomers living right in our neighborhood, but when I called them, I learned that they weren't taking on new clients (psst... @kittypridecatgrooming, let us know when that changes!). • I then made an appointment for Rajah at @thegroomerynyc. We schelpped all the way to Manhattan's Upper West Side, but the moment I left (pet owners are not allowed to stay), my [normally very mellow] cat developed a major attitude and wouldn't let anyone there touch him 😔 when I came back, he immediately calmed down and leaped into my arms (#mamasboy), but at that point, the cat groomer was gone for the day 🤷 The team at #thegroomerynyc was so kind and helpful, even in the presence of a very rude cat, and helped me pick out a great 2-in-1 cat shampoo and conditioner to try at home. I bought @chihaircare's, which happens to be the same brand as my hair straightener..?! Too funny. • We filled up our bathtub with a few inches of warm water, and I threw on a bathing suit and sat in the tub with Rajah. He was a little freaked out and meowed a bunch, but let us do our thing. I don't have a hair dryer (I think the noise would scare him, anyway), so we towel dried him, then wrapped him in a #purrito in a warm blanket for about an hour. He completed the drying job with his tongue 👅 • End result? His fur is so fluffy, and he smells AMAZING! 😍 I can't stop rubbing my face in his fur. This model is coming for you, #globalpetexpo!