Getting wax off a cat...... -
August 22nd 2009, 05:06 AM
Our kitten, Jackson, was playing this morning and knocked some hot wax off a table onto his fur. Don't worry, Jackson is perfectly fine except for one thing...we can't get all of the wax out of his fur and we don't really want to cut it. I guess the up side to this is that it was candle wax and he smells really, really good. Any idea how we can remove all the wax from his fur without hurting him or having to cut it out?
Re: Getting wax off a cat...... -
August 23rd 2009, 06:03 AM
I kind of understand your cat's pain. When I was younger, my sister knocked a candle on top of me and hot wax spilled ALL over my head. It was an absolute mess to clean up. My mom did a couple of things. I had to take a warm shower to loosen the wax. Then, she put some shampoo and conditioner underneath the wax (right at the roots of my hair) and worked it loose a little more. Then we added a little lotion to it, again underneath the wax (but more against the wax than the roots of my hair). After another warm shower, it was all out. That being said, here's my thoughts:
Soap will help ease the wax off of the cat, but the wax does need to be softened some in order to remove it easily.
You can try to do it one of three ways: Warm water, like mentioned above. Or possibly using a hair dryer set on low, one the "warm" setting. For the sake of their skin and fur, do NOT use the highest heat setting on the hair dryer. Also, hold the dryer a decent length away so that the heat isn't directly on them. The most tedious way to warm the wax is to rub it between your fingers - be careful with this one if you choose to do it, because you don't want to do it too harshly (in other words, don't pull too much, it can hurt them and they might scratch you). With patience, this method is a good one at loosening the wax, because it's the most gentle method for the cat (not freaking him out or hurting him).
From here, it should be easy to slip the wax right off. You may need some soap or something oily to get it easily removed.
If it doesn't work, any of these ways, take him to the groomer and have them try to remove it. If they can't remove it in any other ways, they can cut it off in a safer way than you and I would be able to.
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