How to Remove Oil from Cat Fur


This article explains how to remove any type of oil from a cat's fur. It is important to try to remove the oil before the cat attempts to clean and lick itself, but to be safe you might want to take your cat to the vet once you've removed the oil, just to be sure it is safe.

Part 1
Preparation

Preparation on How to Remove Oil from Cat Fur

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Hot water risks burning the cat, and cats dislike hot water. Do not use a shower as this usually frightens cats. Just fill up the tub with water when they are not present. Cats do not like running water it is too loud for them.

Preparation on How to Remove Oil from Cat Fur

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Cats are actually scared of sudden noises, so let your cat listen to the water running from afar (rather) and let it get used to the sound.

Preparation on How to Remove Oil from Cat Fur

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Make sure that your cat does not get any water near the front of its face––you may need another person to hold your cat down as you remove the oil. Put on some rubber gloves in readiness for the next step.

Part 2
Removing the Oil

Removing the Oil on How to Remove Oil from Cat Fur

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Wear rubber gloves for this step, especially if you don't know what type of oil it is.

Removing the Oil on How to Remove Oil from Cat Fur

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While another person is holding down your cat gently, quickly start stroking your cat firmly, then even stroke the wrong way firmly. This will be uncomfortable for your cat, so expect it to struggle.

Removing the Oil on How to Remove Oil from Cat Fur

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You may need to stroke for a few minutes or so.