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    Cat covered in car oil !!!!!

    Our black and white 9 month old riley, has decided to coat himself in what seems to be car oil.
    It's all over his one side and back leg, which is of course the side with the most white fur !
    So, apart from him looking a mess and smelling like a car mechanics garage, what advice have people got for cleaning him up ????

    I have kept him in the kitchen and I'm trying to stop him from licking and am thinking of using warm soapy water and brushing it out. Is that ok to do ?

    His brother jasper keeps sniffing him and walking away lol.....

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    I think I might be inclined to phone the local vet for some quick advice ??

    Better safe than sorry.


    Baby shampoo might be an idea if you can't wait for the vet. Gentle solution in a lukewarm bath ?

    Use a mild washing up liquid not shampoo.

    I had a cat for 16 years. He got into a mess once too. I was advised by the vet to use washing up liquid.

    Banned

    Wash it as quickly as possible...the longer the oil stays on him, the harder it will be to get out.

    Pics please LOL

    Predikuesi;2559715

    Use a mild washing up liquid not shampoo.I had a cat for 16 years. He got … Use a mild washing up liquid not shampoo.I had a cat for 16 years. He got into a mess once too. I was advised by the vet to use washing up liquid.



    Bow to your better knowledge but I would have worried about the "pureness" of washing up liquid ?
    A lot of them have some very dubious ingredients so it would be a bit of a lottery to me.

    Cats are probably more resilient though

    hottoshop;2559766

    Bow to your better knowledge but I would have worried about the … Bow to your better knowledge but I would have worried about the "pureness" of washing up liquid ?A lot of them have some very dubious ingredients so it would be a bit of a lottery to me.Cats are probably more resilient though



    I agree, but it cannot be worse than motor oil on the skin / fur. A mild washing liquid will quickly remove the oil. I think it the "quickness" with everything regarding cats, otherwise they'll try to clean the oil off themselves.

    Predikuesi;2559826

    I agree, but it cannot be worse than motor oil on the skin / fur. A mild … I agree, but it cannot be worse than motor oil on the skin / fur. A mild washing liquid will quickly remove the oil. I think it the "quickness" with everything regarding cats, otherwise they'll try to clean the oil off themselves.


    Agreed :thumbsup:

    Cats really love baths........remember your gloves. lol

    http://wholeenchilada.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/_-cat-bath-_-lol-10.jpg

    Syzable;2559900

    Cats really love baths........remember your gloves. lol



    My cat used to wake us up by jumping into the bath and playing with the plug if we left the bathroom door open. After I put some water in the bath, he didn't do it again (well after the initial uproar when he jumped into the water). Cruel, I know, but it worked.

    Fairy liquid direct onto fur, rub in then rinse very well, then apply antiseptic cream to your hands, face and anywhere else his claws found!! We have two mainly white cats, one of them regularly sits underneath any car, bus etc dripping oil. This is what the vet has advised, we are used to it now. Cant say that the cat is though! Good luck.

    Banned

    As above clean but then wrap with a bandage to stop the cat from licking it self clean, ingesting it would cause the real damage.

    Predikuesi;2559913

    My cat used to wake us up by jumping into the bath and playing with the … My cat used to wake us up by jumping into the bath and playing with the plug if we left the bathroom door open. After I put some water in the bath, he didn't do it again (well after the initial uproar when he jumped into the water). Cruel, I know, but it worked.



    I had a cat that used to sit on the end of the bath and try and catch my toes. When I got out the bath he used to jump in and swim about the place while my other cat looked at him like he was demented or something :-D

    ohhhhhhhh gl with it xxx
    :?just something to make you think about it
    Some people have the misconception that cats never have to be bathed.

    That somehow they "lick" themselves clean. Well contrary to this
    popular belief, cats do NOT have some enzyme in their saliva that
    resembles soap flakes (with or without bleach).

    Cats, like their nemesis, the dog .... do get dirty and have a
    variety of odours... from smelling like the outhouse where you
    camped last year to the same odour as your dog's breath. (Remember
    ... your dog will try to eat anything.) Now we all know that cats
    HATE water.

    And we know that giving the cat a sedative to ease this process of
    a bath is out of the question, so, the best approach is both
    sneaky and direct. Remember now, this is not the dumb dog who can
    be led to tub with lies and a trail of Kibbles and Bits.

    Although your cat has the advantage of smarts, quickness and total
    lack of concern for you .... you have the advantage of size,
    strength, and the ability to wear protective garments.

    1. First .... dress for the occasion. A 4-ply rubber wet suit is
    suggested, along with a helmet, face mask and welders gloves.

    2. A Bathtub with a glass enclosure is preferred to the one with a
    shower curtain. A frenzied cat can shred one of these in about
    3.5 seconds.

    3. Have the Kitty Bubbles and towel in the enclosed bathtub area
    before hand. No ... blow drying the cat after the bath is not
    suggested.

    4. Draw the water, making it a little warmer than needed as you
    still need to find the cat. Position everything strategically
    in the shower, so you can reach it even if you are face down or
    prone in the tub.

    5. Find your cat. Use the element of surprise. Pick the cat up,
    nonchalantly, as if you were simply carrying him/her to the
    supper dish. No need to worry about the cat noticing your
    strange attire...the cat barely notices you anyway.

    6. Once you and the cat are inside the bathroom .... speed is
    essential. In one single liquid motion shut the door to the
    bathroom, step into the shower, close the sliding doors, and
    drop the cat into the water. While the cat is still in a state
    of shock, locate the Kitty Bubbles and squirt whatever part of
    him is above the water line. You have just begun the wildest 45
    seconds of your life. Remember that cats have no handles and
    add the fact that he now has soapy fur. His state of shock has
    worn off and he's madder than a wet hornet.

    7. As best, you can, wearing welder's gloves, try to field his
    body as he catapults through the air toward the ceiling. If
    possible, give another squirt of Kitty Bubbles with his body
    now fully exposed.

    8. During the 5 seconds you are able to hold onto him, rub
    vigorously. No need to worry about rinsing. As he slides down
    the glass enclosure into the tub, he will fall back into the
    water, rinsing himself in the process.

    9. Only attempt the lather and rinse process about 3 times. The
    cat will realise the lack of traction on the glass by then and
    will use the next attempt on the first available part of you.

    10. Next, the cat must be dried. No...this is NOT the easiest
    part. By this stage, you are worn out and the cat has just
    become semi-permanently affixed to your right leg. We suggest
    here that you drain the tub and in full view of your cat,
    reach for the bottle of Kitty Bubbles.

    11. If you have done step 10 correctly, the cat will be off your
    leg and hanging precariously from your helmet. Although this
    view of the cat is most disgusting, he will be in a much
    better position for wrapping the towel around him.

    12. Be sure cat is firmly wrapped in towel before opening tub
    enclosure. Open bathroom door .... put towel wrapped cat on
    floor and step back quickly. Into tub, if possible, and do not
    open enclosure until all you can see is the shredded towel.

    13. In about 2 hours .... it will be safe to exit the bathroom.
    Your cat will be sitting out there somewhere looking like a
    small hedgehog while plotting revenge

    Banned

    karen21101;2560237

    ohhhhhhhh gl with it xxx:?just something to make you think about itSome … ohhhhhhhh gl with it xxx:?just something to make you think about itSome people have the misconception that cats never have to be bathed.



    Some people have misconception that cats and dogs have to be bathed, it's just because of our snobbishness that they do. You think wolves ever get the suds out in the freezing winter?

    use washing up liquid, i use to bath my 4 cats evey other month, now just once or twice a year as there old.

    Good luck, I guess since this was six hours a go you've hopefully made some progress?

    We used to have to give the dog a shampoo (just with dog shampoo) when he'd been rolling in animal droppings to camouflage himself and of course stank however that's easier to get out than machine oil.

    John

    Persil automatic and a 40 degree spin cycle should do the trick :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the advice people.....

    We used fairy liquid and water and it has improved it.

    It will probably take a few dips to get him fully clean but it's much better.
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