If you're a cat lover, you know that felines can be pretty feisty creatures. But have you ever seen a kitten go from feisty to floppy in a matter of seconds?
That's exactly what happened to Sorbet, a rescued tri-color kitten when she was given her first bath.
The video, posted by @tiny_cats, shows a beautiful tri-colored kitten named Sorbet getting her first bath from her rescuer.
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A Stray Kitten Finds Relaxation and Comfort in a Soapy Bath
Sorbet and her siblings had been living on the streets and sleeping in car engines to keep warm before being rescued.
Despite her tough exterior, Sorbet's true colors shone through as soon as she was lowered into the soapy water.
Her once-ready-to-take-on-the-world attitude melted away, and she became a puddle of pure relaxation.
As soon as Sorbet was dipped into the pot filled with soapy water, her feistiness melted away and she started to relax.
The video has garnered over 7.7 million views, 502.9k likes, and 14.9k shares. But what really caught people's attention is the fact that Sorbet was being bathed in a cooking pot!
Viewers have found it hilarious that the tiny kitten was being washed in a pot that's usually reserved for cooking.
But what's truly heartwarming is how Sorbet's beautiful eyes and face changed from scared to trusting as she was bathed.
You can see the transformation in the video, and it's clear that Sorbet is now in good hands with her rescuer and foster parent.
As one commenter, @elizabethmcashanb, noted, "You can see her little face go from scared to trusting. So sweet." And we couldn't agree more.
It's heartwarming to see how a little bit of love and care can make such a big difference in a kitten's life.
Can I Bathe a Rescue Cat?
After watching the viral TikTok video of Sorbet the rescued kitten getting her first bath, a viewer named @mdpats commented, "I thought cats shouldn't be washed because of something on their fur? Can someone explain please...."
This seems to be a common question among viewers who are unfamiliar with cat care.
So we did some research and found answers from pet rescue organizations, the experts on caring for strays.
According to the Central California SPCA, most cats do not need to be bathed because they are very good at grooming themselves.
However, there are some situations where bathing is necessary, such as when a cat is very dirty or has fleas.
In these cases, it's important to use a cat-specific shampoo and to rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any residue on the cat's fur.
Another rescue organization, Help Save Pets, recommends that if you're bathing a cat for the first time, it's important to introduce them to the water slowly and make sure that the water is warm and not too deep.
You should also use a non-slip mat in the sink or tub to prevent the cat from slipping.
Overall, it is possible to bathe a rescue cat, but it's important to do it properly and only when necessary.
If you're unsure about whether your cat needs a bath, it's always best to consult with a veterinarian or a cat care expert.
If you've just adopted a cat and wondering if you should give it a bath, then you need to read this article now: Should You Bathe A Cat After Adoption?
In Sorbet's case, it's clear that her rescuer had her best interests at heart and gave her a much-needed bath to help her feel clean and healthy.
And judging by the video, Sorbet seems to have enjoyed the experience!
While most pet cats don't need baths, recently rescued kittens like Sorbet may need a bath if they're especially dirty or need flea treatment.
And as the video shows, it can be a bonding experience for both the kitten and their rescuer.
We're so glad that Sorbet and her siblings were rescued and are now in good hands.
And we're grateful to @tiny_cats for sharing this heartwarming moment with us.
It's a reminder that even the tiniest creatures can make a big impact on our lives. Love you, Sorbet!
A stretch and a purr to OpenAI's ChatGPT for assisting with this article.