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Old 04-11-2007, 02:25 PM
 
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I live in an apartment and I have a tabby that gets grease from the cars on him, how can I keep him clean other than keep him inside because he is an outside cat.
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Old 04-11-2007, 02:43 PM
 
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It goes without saying really. If he is an outside cat, then good luck trying to keep him clean.
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Old 04-11-2007, 05:14 PM
 
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You can try putting hair conditioner on him before you let him out. And hopefully not too much grease will be absorbed, but it might leave it easier to clean him off.
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Old 04-11-2007, 05:47 PM
 
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You bigger concern is his/her grease consumption trying to clean himself off. I won't tell you what a majority of we Vets & Vet Techs think about people allowing cats outside (tsk tsk) BUT... chemicals & the like (oil, antifreeze,grease,etc.) are toxic to your kitty. You won't prevent him from getting into the grease. Try to check him daily & remove it with a touch of cornstarch sprinkled on & wiped off with an old rough terry towel. TC!
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Old 04-11-2007, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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I live in an apartment and I have a tabby that gets grease from the cars on him, how can I keep him clean other than keep him inside because he is an outside cat.
What Is he doing-giving the cars a "Lube Job"?? Sorry, couldn't resist that one. SERIOUSLY, you should do everything possible in preventing him from comming in contact with motor oils. These oils are toxic for sure. You can safely clean your pet with DAWN dishwashing liquid. It will remove the grease and is not harmful to animals. Good Luck!!
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:18 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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It goes without saying really. If he is an outside cat, then good luck trying to keep him clean.
Funny! How about an oversized hamster ball!
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:02 PM
 
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The rule of chemistry is "Like Dissolves Like" so use mineral oil or Maybelline Mascara remover . Both of those are oil based and 99% oils. Do not use any product that has anything other than oil. Even vegetable oil would work and be safer for them to lick off afterwards. My all white cat just came in with a Charlie Chaplin mustache from axle grease (black grease on both whisker areas) I applied some Maybelline mascara remover for non water soluble materials (oil) and every bit of it came off. I applied a little with some on a Kleenex and then I wiped the residue off and now no more Charlie Chaplin!

Vinegar is 5% Acetic Acid and will not remove oils as it is an inorganic chemical, the opposite of grease or car oil, which is an organic chemical. It will also burn cat's sensitive skin.

Dawn is okay for dogs because they will let you rinse them off after application, but not cats since it is almost impossible to rinse a cat. In general, is is best to use something that we can eat and not get sick. Dawn is a little harsh and takes more work to get off the oil/grease because the soap is a surfactant that works by bonding with the oil first and breaking it into water soluble molecules that can be rinsed off.

The Oil dissolves Oil is a much better rule of thumb to follow, quicker and safer way to remove any grease or oil product from fur, paws, etc. GOOP is oil based but it also has lye in it that would burn any skin if not removed immediately with water. I would not use GOOP on any animal.
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:06 PM
 
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Sounds like he's mechanically inclined. Perhaps a set of overalls.

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Old 10-16-2016, 04:43 PM
 
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Now, antifreeze I would worry about poisoning. But grease? Will just pass through the digestive system. Heck, petroleum jelly is a fix for hairballs! Still, common petroleum oils and grease won't likely be good for a cat's health, either, so I'd vote for the cornstarch and rough towel suggestion.
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:55 PM
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Try to keep him indoors: there is just so many dangers for cats nowadays. And with winter coming they can climb into car engine compartments and then it.s lights out for car AND kitty.
An ounce of prevention = a pound of cure.
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