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My Cat is Covered in Paint or Tar or Oil

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Pets are inquisitive and, if not carefully monitored, can get into all kinds of trouble. In addition to curiosity, there are some malicious people in the world that can cause serious injury to our pets.

Though not a common problem, getting products like paint, tar and grease in their fur can be frustrating.

DO NOT use turpentine or gasoline to remove these products from the fur of a dog or cat. These substances are extremely irritating to the skin and can cause serious and severe reactions.

Methods to remove topical substances include:

  • Wash with mild dish soap – some paints can be removed with soap and water before they dry.
  • Dawn® dish soap works well to remove greasy substances.
  • Vegetable oil or peanut butter has been effective in removing tar and grease. After the oil bath, a bath with mild dish soap is recommended.
  • Goop® or Goo Gone® are a couple of over the counter products that may help to remove some of these substances.

    If all else fails, take the pet to a groomer or veterinarian and have the hair shaved.

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