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Tog
2012-Sep-14, 02:48 AM
The GF keeps telling me it's not funny, but we have a long hair cat that has just started coming into the house. Today, he came up from the basement with a fly strip stuck to his foot, and a strip of goo down his back.

Anyone have any ideas that don't involve shaving and a lot of gauze?

grapes
2012-Sep-14, 03:06 AM
1) Throw away the cat

ShinAce
2012-Sep-14, 03:07 AM
I like 1)

2) Gasoline.

Be sure to keep the cat away from all sparks.

Nowhere Man
2012-Sep-14, 03:12 AM
Goo Gone, maybe. But you'll have to wash the cat to make sure it doesn't ingest any of it. It might be easier to just to trim off the fur. It will grow back; a dead cat won't.

Check with you local cat specialist.

Fred

Buttercup
2012-Sep-14, 03:14 AM
Aw! :cry: Poor kitty (and some of these comments :naughty: ).

I guess just trim the fur? Otherwise call local vet's office.

grapes
2012-Sep-14, 03:18 AM
Aw! :cry: Poor kitty (and some of these comments :naughty: ).
Is your tail wagging because you like them? :)


I guess just trim the fur? Otherwise call local vet's office.Yeah, but Tog did say he wanted to avoid shaving.

Come to think of it, what method involves a lot of gauze, and why is it undesirable too?

ETA: weird, the smiley face seems to appear (for me) in my quote, but not in Buttercup's original post. Anybody else see that? I'm using Safari on an iPhone.

Tog
2012-Sep-14, 03:30 AM
The stuff I've found online all says to coat the cat with vegetable oil, then baby powder, then wash it out with a grease cutting soap.

Clippers and baths will both require a lot of gauze.

In other news, the the cat found the rest of the strip, so now I have to do it twice. I'm guessing outside cat will be cold with a lion cut.

I see the smilies in both the original and the quote.

ShinAce
2012-Sep-14, 03:37 AM
I'm guessing outside cat will be cold with a lion cut.


It sure will.

It's ok though. The lion cut is somewhat stylish these days.

Ara Pacis
2012-Sep-14, 06:08 AM
There's more than one way...

tnjrp
2012-Sep-14, 07:00 AM
Clippers and baths will both require a lot of gauzeYou can get by with less gauze if you wear kevlar tactical gloves while clipping and bathing. Or knock the cat out first. I recommend a rubber mallet.

Perikles
2012-Sep-14, 07:10 AM
I'd try a flame thrower, but you might spoil the fly paper.

LookingSkyward
2012-Sep-14, 07:56 AM
heh, heh heh. Vegetable oil... then let the cat do the rest

HenrikOlsen
2012-Sep-14, 11:18 AM
Welding gloves + soapy bath.

Use a soap intended for cats.

Tog
2012-Sep-14, 12:08 PM
According to Wikipedia... (Nothing that starts with that phrase could go wrong, could it?)

Fly strips are coated with rosin, which is supposed to be soluble in alcohol. Would a rag soaked in it work? Or a spray bottle? What about the alcohol based hand sanitizers?

The best option I see online is vegetable oil, but that seems like a greater potential for mess.

The long-hair I might be able to brush out. He sheds about 1/4 cat every time he touches me anyway, the goo should just be on the surface. I didn't actually see that cat before I had to leave for work.

Heid the Ba'
2012-Sep-14, 12:26 PM
There's more than one way...

Ara Pacis everybody, he'll be here all week. :)

Hal37214
2012-Sep-14, 12:26 PM
You're lucky. I once had a cat come inside covered, head-to-toe, in another cat's feces.

The Backroad Astronomer
2012-Sep-14, 01:14 PM
I wanted to see a video of you getting the sticky stuff off the cat.

korjik
2012-Sep-14, 01:30 PM
Arent cats machine wash and tumble dry? On low heat of course.

:)

Moose
2012-Sep-14, 02:42 PM
Fly strips are coated with rosin, which is supposed to be soluble in alcohol. Would a rag soaked in it work? Or a spray bottle? What about the alcohol based hand sanitizers?

Keep in mind that the cat _will_ lick stuff off of itself given _any_ opportunity whatsoever. Until the alcohol evaporates completely, it's a serious hazard to the cat. If you decide you want to try this, Tog, you absolutely have to get a victorian collar (aka, the cone of shame) from a vet or pet supply store.

Tog
2012-Sep-14, 05:17 PM
Keep in mind that the cat _will_ lick stuff off of itself given _any_ opportunity whatsoever. Until the alcohol evaporates completely, it's a serious hazard to the cat. If you decide you want to try this, Tog, you absolutely have to get a victorian collar (aka, the cone of shame) from a vet or pet supply store.

I was going to try it with vodka first. I figure if it doesn't work, at least they'll be compliant for plan B.

Actually, I'm going to try peanut oil I had two cat groomers suggest it.

Buttercup
2012-Sep-14, 05:25 PM
I wanted to see a video of you getting the sticky stuff off the cat.

:lol:

Moose:
Keep in mind that the cat _will_ lick stuff off of itself given _any_ opportunity whatsoever. Until the alcohol evaporates completely, it's a serious hazard to the cat. If you decide you want to try this, Tog, you absolutely have to get a victorian collar (aka, the cone of shame) from a vet or pet supply store.

Very good point.

ShinAce
2012-Sep-14, 05:31 PM
When you solder in electronics, you're supposed to remove the rosin with rubbing alcohol. I use a toothbrush and 70% isopropyl.

It won't just rinse right off. Some very light scrubbing is in order.

And yes, cats will lick anything, and rosin is likely toxic. In terms of toxicity to the cat, the damage has probably already been done by the cat licking itself.

Tog
2012-Sep-14, 05:40 PM
The little dumb dog has eaten at least one complete fly strip. He's still alive. No way to tell if it affected his mind. He wasn't that far above plants to begin with.

Okay.Here goes nothing.

Or bleeding.

If you don't hear from me again, don't send mums. I'm that allergic to them.

ShinAce
2012-Sep-14, 05:47 PM
The little dumb dog has eaten at least one complete fly strip. He's still alive. No way to tell if it affected his mind. He wasn't that far above plants to begin with.


Lol!

My dog once ate about 30 advil. He also survived, but did not seem to enjoy the experience.

starcanuck64
2012-Sep-14, 05:50 PM
The stuff I've found online all says to coat the cat with vegetable oil, then baby powder, then wash it out with a grease cutting soap.

Clippers and baths will both require a lot of gauze.

In other news, the the cat found the rest of the strip, so now I have to do it twice. I'm guessing outside cat will be cold with a lion cut.

I see the smilies in both the original and the quote.

Do you have protective clothing, leather apron and gloves for instance. Cat's really don't like to be mishandled, I have scars I got giving my cat baths years ago.

Tog
2012-Sep-14, 06:31 PM
A t-shirt and my soothing manner.

It went well. baby shampoo on the long-hair seems to have worked. The short-hair needed a bit of peanut oil so I'll see how it worked once they're dry.

Total injuries include a seven scratches in the shoulder and one deep puncture, all before we hit the tub. Oddly I didn't get bitten. The short-hair bites me when we play, when I pet him, when he walks past me in the kitchen...

I did learn that I can dump water on them from above with no problem, but if the water in the tub touches their feet, they freak out. That will be useful later on, I'm sure.

Trebuchet
2012-Sep-14, 06:35 PM
I did learn that I can dump water on them from above with no problem, but if the water in the tub touches their feet, they freak out. That will be useful later on, I'm sure.

Interesting. We've had several that enjoyed wading in the last inch of water in the tub as it was draining! One of those would also sit on the rim while the tub was full and let her tail dangle in the water. Didn't bother her in the least.

swampyankee
2012-Sep-14, 09:16 PM
I was going to suggest peanut butter. It works on gum....

Glad you survived the cat-bathing experiment with minimal damage, although I'd get the puncture wound looked at. Cats may groom a lot, but how clean they are is moot. I've never seen one use soap and water to wash its paws.

captain swoop
2012-Sep-14, 09:30 PM
Put dish soap in toilet. Put cat in toilet. Put down seat and stand on it to keep it closed. Cat wil scrabble around and make lots of sudes to wash itself. Flush toilet to rinse. Open lid cat will leap out and run around to dry itself.

Job done.

Noclevername
2012-Sep-14, 09:43 PM
My dog once ate about 30 advil. He also survived, but did not seem to enjoy the experience.

I once had a cat who ate half a bag of catnip while we were away for the weekend (a friend fed him). He was literally spinning in circles when we got home, and it took us a while to find out why.

starcanuck64
2012-Sep-14, 10:15 PM
A t-shirt and my soothing manner.

It went well. baby shampoo on the long-hair seems to have worked. The short-hair needed a bit of peanut oil so I'll see how it worked once they're dry.

Total injuries include a seven scratches in the shoulder and one deep puncture, all before we hit the tub. Oddly I didn't get bitten. The short-hair bites me when we play, when I pet him, when he walks past me in the kitchen...

I did learn that I can dump water on them from above with no problem, but if the water in the tub touches their feet, they freak out. That will be useful later on, I'm sure.

I didn't know that about water from above, I did that cats completely freak out when you try and place them in water.

The cats I've known used their claws for defense, when they bit it was usually a sign of affection.

Noclevername
2012-Sep-14, 10:40 PM
The cats I've known used their claws for defense, when they bit it was usually a sign of affection.

Sometimes it's a "Lenny petting the rabbit" kind of affection.

swampyankee
2012-Sep-14, 11:08 PM
I am not a cat person, but I'm also against putting cats in toilets, washing them with gasoline, or using a flame thrower. On the other hand, making them wear silly hats is OK.

ShinAce
2012-Sep-14, 11:19 PM
I brush my teeth with gasoline! What's wrong with that?

Solfe
2012-Sep-15, 12:18 AM
Goo Gone, maybe. But you'll have to wash the cat to make sure it doesn't ingest any of it. It might be easier to just to trim off the fur. It will grow back; a dead cat won't.

Check with you local cat specialist.

Fred

Not Goo Gone, the citrus stuff bothers the cat's skin.

Try olive oil or peanut butter for the skin portions. I am not sure about the fur.

Ara Pacis
2012-Sep-15, 03:54 AM
I have to admit that I've never thought about giving a cat a swirlie but now I wonder if there is a comic about it somewhere, maybe Garfield or XKCD.

HenrikOlsen
2012-Sep-15, 08:14 AM
Lol!

My dog once ate about 30 advil. He also survived, but did not seem to enjoy the experience.
Had it been paracetamol he'd be dead after 2.