I've had about half a dozen cats over my lifetime and my current cat, Cleo, is loving but extremely skittish. She is 5 years old and has never had a bath. I can't even pick her up sometimes and have never been able to get her into a pet carrier. I've had to cancel many vet appointments because she freaks out when she sees the carrier. I've even left the carrier in the living room for a couple of weeks and she would go in and out but when it came time for the appointment she goes spastic. My adult daughter and I have tried to orchestrate the capture and confinement many times but she always gets away. She's an indoor cat and is relatively clean but is starting to look a little shabby. "IF" I could get her to a groomer do you think she would behave for a bath? The photo was taken when Cleo was looking her best about 4 years ago. She seriously needs a spa treatment now.
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