Dog wash machine;

Coolest inventions (AP file photo)

A 3-year-old toy poodle Mizuho sits in “Dog Wash Machine,” for shampooing at a pet shop named Pet World Joyful Honda in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, March 16, 2010. Inside the closed machine, a dog receives a service that includes tear-free shampoo, rinsing and blow dry in the 30-minute course. It costs 1,000 yen (about US$11). (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

My cat squeals each time we bathe her, but we use warm water and are very gentle. When I had hamsters, I used to chase them around with a hose and they were susceptible to falling into strange and awkward places. So I feel a little guilty cooing satisfaction at the above machine! Strange enough I think my cat actually feels better after a bath, and she sleeps better. I suppose she just doesn’t like the first spray of water and not being able to control the whole process. Similarly, perhaps humans like baths because we are able to control the process, in a certain way.

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