This was many years ago. Missy and I have both come to the conclusion that there’s really no need to wash a cat. They do a good enough job on their own that it’s not worth the inherent risk of bodily harm to try to do it better.
I wonder if any soap company has ever tried to create some sort of synthetic cat spit to market as a shampoo or body wash. They’d make it smell like lilacs or something, I’m sure. And it would come with a surprisingly abrasive sponge mitt shaped like a tongue.
Note from Missy: The shouting conversation in panel 3 remains one of my favorites to this day. It’s just so very authentic.