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Old 02-11-2007, 11:17 AM  
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How to de-static a cat?

My poor lunar. He wants to get petted but we keep shocking each other! It's gotten bad, sparks fly. I think he knows it's not me doing it but he's getting depressed. Poor kitty. I've researched it and all I can find is to rub him with dryer sheets. It doesn't work all that well. A bath is out of the question unless he were to be sedated. He is a quarter bobcat and HUGE. He hates water. I think he would eat me. Any advice? He just wants love...

He likes to lay on me at night and slobber on my shirt. I don't know why but if he doesn't get to do it he gets all wierd. Everytime he tries we both get shocked.
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:19 AM  
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Sorry no advice on this one cause me and Sheba are going through the same thing.
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:23 AM  
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this is so funny my cat gets like that he goes and rolls in the dirt and then comes in the house so i thought hey dryer sheets and it works and he smells good too! he hates being static-y so he has no problem with me rubbing him down with a dryer sheet if your dryer sheets dont work maybe a different brand? do you have any anti freeze hair stuff? that would work as well i have this garnier stuff that you rub in your hands then put on your hair i hate being static-y too! so something like that might work better
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:28 AM  
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Do you know what scientist's use to create a static charge - a kitty pelt and glass rod (no kidding!). I think de-electrifying your cat is a lost cause, though some there may be some things you can do to help. Humidity is the enemy of static electricity - so if you house has more humidity, your cat's fur won't discharge. Also try to ground yourself before, during or after petting kitty - It will make it less of a shocking experience. Perhaps try a very light/fine water mist from a spray bottle, though your cat may hate this worse than getting shocked.
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:31 AM  
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It has to due with the humidity of your house. I used to shock my cats something fierce and was pretty annoyed till I found out that it had more to do with the humidity than anything else.
It gets especially rougher on the cats with longer, finer fur. The colder and less (or more, can't remember if we turned ours up or down...) humid it is, the more electricity to float in the air. It's like going out on a dry, cold winter day, your hair gets frizzy or creates it's own static charge!
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Old 02-11-2007, 12:12 PM  
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Get a fish tank or a humidifier, and rub them with a dryer sheet!

Ever since I set up the two tanks downstairs and put the humidifier upstairs we've been static-free all winter!
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Old 02-11-2007, 12:42 PM  
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Petsmart sells a rub on foam for kitty static. It worked for us, you just rub it on or brush it on.
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Old 02-11-2007, 12:43 PM  
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Spritz yourself lightly with a water bottle. Spritz the area where you sit to pet your cat right before you do. A little lotion on your hands should help too. You could also spritz the bottom of your feet. Humidity is the enemy of static.

We had wool carpets when I was a kid and my brother and I would torture each other all winter long by shocking each other. I was the little one so I usually got the worst of it. Hated those wool carpets!
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Old 02-11-2007, 12:55 PM  
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We "BOUNCE" our cats! or whatever dryer sheet you have. If it's too perfumed they hate it.Another thing that works fairly well is a bit..and I mean a bit! of showsheen on your hands & rub them all over massage-gooood kitty like..ditto with your average hair conditioner. could not find bouncing cat sorry
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Old 02-11-2007, 01:29 PM  
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You could also take 1/4 fabric softener and 3/4 water and spray him , or wipe the cat down with a cloth sprayed with it. It doesn't take much, but the FS does work. (Also works if you're allergic to cats, or dogs...)
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Old 02-11-2007, 01:35 PM  
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How to de-static a cat?
Throw them in the dryer with a dryer sheet of course! I thought everyone knew that...geez.



And yes I am kidding...
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:38 PM  
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I thought of this... Lunar was nosing around inside the dryer the other day.

Thanks for all the advice! I'm gonna try some of this and see if we can't have a no-shock petting session.
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:07 PM  
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I have a cat that jumps in the dish-washer when I open it to get the dishes out. Maybe he is trying to de-static himself!!
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:09 PM  
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Ditto the humidifier and fish tank suggestions. The last couple of weeks ahve been really bad for my three fluffballs. (One of whom has that really fine hair mentioned here.)

So I've started putting a pot of water on each night to boil away. I let it go an hour or so then shut it off. In just two days I can tell the difference.

PS: My all-time favorite past-time is to watch a cat try getting under the bedsheet in winter. One spark sends him flying to the other end of the bed trying to get away from the sparks, but they get worse and bigger as he goes! Just about makes me wet myself.
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Old 02-11-2007, 07:11 PM  
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My bobtailed kitty has the same staticky problem. He being the smart guy that he is, likes to be petted only in the bathroom, after I get my hands slightly damp. I think he likes it not only because I don't shock him, but also it speeds up his bathing process.

Humidity does help. It's been so ridiculously cold and dry here that I do send little Jake sparks flying!
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Old 02-11-2007, 09:29 PM  
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Fish tanks aren't always the answer. We have a serious problem with static in this house and I've got 3 fish tanks. I have a 45 gallon, 55 gallon and 75 gallon. Water evaporates out of all the tanks, but it does little to add to the overall humidity. The heat is dries the air faster than the fish tanks can humidify it...
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I have a cat that jumps in the dish-washer when I open it to get the dishes out. Maybe he is trying to de-static himself!!
You've probably seen the photo before but here is Lucy, I guess trying to de-static herself (more likely playing Haha! Stupid Mommy can't reach me in here!)

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Old 02-14-2007, 09:36 AM  
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OSUJillyBean,
That's exactly what I mean, how cute that they do weird things like that! I just love cats, they always keep me on my feet with their antics!! LOL!
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Old 02-14-2007, 08:54 PM  
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What is it with cats and dishwashers!? My little Walter always jumps in when he has the opportunity.

He has me trained -- when I want him out, I shake the treat bag and he gets his yummies.
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Jillybean that is to funny!! Maybe she wanted to help
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