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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:45 pm 
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Daisy has just come in from playing outside, when i noticed black paw prints all over the kitchen floor. On closer inspection her right back side, leg & paw were covered in what looked like old car oil. She was panicking & trying furiously to wash it off. I grabbed her & placed her in the bottom of our shower & ran the tap warm & have washed her fur with baby shampoo, then rinsed it off until the water ran clear. Have i done the right thing? I just wondered if she washed herself afterwards (as she looks like a drowned rat) if this could make her ill???

Has anyone else had to wash their cats clean? If so what is the best thing to use (if kitty shampoo is not available).

Becs & an extremely grumpy Daisy

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:05 pm 
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Not had this happen to us, but washing off will have been the best thing. I would be more concerned about what she may have ingested and think a chat with your vet would be a good idea.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:16 pm 
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Yeah, I agree with Gerry and would be worried about what she may have licked off and call a vet or maybe even poison control center and ask if there's anything else you should do. Better safe than sorry!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:15 am 
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oh poor daisy :cry:
agreed with the others, it may also be worth contacting some sort of wild animal rescue centre to ask for advice. they would probably have a good idea from when oil spillages affect sea birds.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:00 am 
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I havent had oily cats before but i have had dirty cats, I had an all white cat, and when she was a kitten used to come in looking like she had been down a coal mine, i used to put her in the bath and used baby shampoo too.

The stray cat got pantene, only cos he was matted when he came to us.

Truthfully if one of mine came in i would have done the same only used washing up liquid as its better at taking grease and oil off. You did the right thing in cleaning her straight away.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:43 am 
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Baby shampoo is fine. I have used it on my dogs and cats before. I would only be worried if she licked it. Keep a eye one her. And if it happens again I know when they have oil spills in the ocean and such they use Dawn dish soap to clean all the wild life.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:24 pm 
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Just wondering if Daisy was okay? Hope so!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:09 pm 
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Swan rescue use good old fashioned washing up liquid. :D


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:40 am 
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Thanks for everyone's advice. Daisy is fine. She doesn't seem to have been affect at all by her ordeal. I don't think she'd tried to lick any of the oil off & the baby shampoo was rinsed off thoroughly. We called the vets who just said to monitor over a 48 hour period, but she was eating & playing out the following day as if nothing had even happened to her.
I guess the fast wash response did the trick. We have no idea where she got covered in oil from, but so far she has managed to avoid it this week!!

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