How do I get paint off a cat?

(61 Posts)
HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:05:01

Seriously! We have just finished decorating in various colours, and the cat has splodges of yellow and teraccota on his tail, and turquoise paws where the little turd darling jumped onto the wet windowsill! I tried to bathe him but he won't have a bar of it! Wtf do I do?

Mumof3xox Sat 09-Aug-14 16:05:56

Washing machine

Floop Sat 09-Aug-14 16:06:22

I've done this to my cat before!

I stroked her, lured her into a false sense of security, soaked the paint through with nail polish remover on sodden cotton balls and brushed her with the cat comb.

Paint came away eventually!

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:06:38

Just to point out, he is a house cat, and any attempt to put him on the balcony during the decorating resulted in him climbing back in through the window!

WowserBowser Sat 09-Aug-14 16:07:04

How did the poster get the spray paint off the pigeon?

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:08:09

Will nail polish remover harm him when he licks though? This is worse than Gerbilgate!

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:09:00

grin at washing machine

MummyDuckAndDuckling Sat 09-Aug-14 16:09:09

The thread with the pigeon was hilarious!!

I'd just leave the stuff on his fur. It will come off eventually

Cornettoninja Sat 09-Aug-14 16:09:12

I'd cut the fur off and then attempt a cat burrito (wrap in a blanket or towel) with offending paws sticking out and wash as much as I could off.

Make sure you've treats for after, he may just maim and not kill you then smile

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:10:18

<googles spray painted pigeon>

Cornettoninja Sat 09-Aug-14 16:11:03

Nooooo, no chemicals. Very dilute sugar soap and lots of rinsing.

Nail varnished remover might react with his skin even if you rinse it all off.

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:11:45

Mummyduck the nail polish remover or the paint?

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:13:05

Sugar soap you say? I have a shitload left, so that's my next attempt...thank you

CheeseToastie123 Sat 09-Aug-14 16:13:27

There are some corking thread titles today. I approve.

PixieofCatan Sat 09-Aug-14 16:16:17

Haha, I thought of the pigeon too grin

Keep brushing the cat? confused

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:16:51

It's a bit silly to worry I know, but the Rspca have just evicted a woman across the way for having 32 cats in a one bedroom flat, so they're still knocking around...if they see a rainbow cat yowling on the balcony, Fuck knows what they'll think!

RabbitsarenotHares Sat 09-Aug-14 16:18:20

When my cat got tangled up in fly paper (horrid stuff!) I covered her in olive oil, then washing up liquid, then attempted to rinse her off under the shower. Not sure if this would help you...?

Cornettoninja Sat 09-Aug-14 16:19:04

Is the yellow, terracotta and turquoise all in the same room? I'm trying to picture it...

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:19:16

This sounds made up even to ME- I'm a regular poster, honestly! Shall I photograph the cat so you can see that my hands are bald and my flat isn't under a bridge?

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:20:41

Tried the shower Rabbit. He yowled.

Yellow and aqua in lounge, teraccota in kitchen

Liney15 Sat 09-Aug-14 16:20:42

DH found that putting cat in the shower worked though his hands were shredded doing this as cat did not appreciate the nice cool water. (DH had been painting kitchen with the door shut which the cat was fascinated by, as soon as he opened the door the cat was straight in and then fell in the paint tray - and then went onto the work surface, floor etc DH had a lot of cleaning to do before I got home).

FamiliesShareGerms Sat 09-Aug-14 16:21:57

Well obviously we need a photo!

I would leave it to dry then brush and brush it out. Neither if mine would let me faff around with sugar soap or olive oil on them, even wrapped in a towel (love the "cat burrito" by the way!)

Floop Sat 09-Aug-14 16:22:16

I assumed nail polish remover was fine because my kid drank some once and she didn't die!

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:22:22

Liney do we have the same cat?

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:22:58

How do I upload a photo?

Meid Sat 09-Aug-14 16:23:04

From experience: take cat to vets for sedative and to buy special shampoo, get home and put cat in bath to wash, still get scratched to pieces despite sedative but at least cat is clean.

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Sat 09-Aug-14 16:24:01

Baby wet wipes and a cat brush/comb - I used huggies on my Dsis cat who decided she wanted to be green and black - she's not the worse for it and is still fit and well - but it was only emulsion.

You want to get it off before he starts grooming - I can't imagine licking paint is going to do him any good.

NaughtySpottyBengalCat Sat 09-Aug-14 16:28:29

It depends on the type of paint as to how easy it is to get off. I hope it's not gloss! Use small scissors (careful not sharp pointy nail scissors for your own sake too) to cut any hair from his body if he won't let you wash it (without harsh chemicals). It's the paws I would be a lot more worried about. Cats are very prone to poisoning. Depending on the paint, he could poison himself by licking his paws to get it off or absorption via the skin. Depends on the paint and how much surface area covered. If worried call your vet.

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:30:13

Thank God it's not gloss!

LisaMed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:32:08

If you are going to try the shower again or bath (try baby bath in bath for maximum control) then I recommend heavy duty welding gloves.

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:32:29

It's emulsion. The babywipes seem to be working.

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 16:33:30

Lisa I read that as wedding gloves grin

Floop Sat 09-Aug-14 16:34:33

Oh yeah, my cat was glossed. Bad times.

NaughtySpottyBengalCat Sat 09-Aug-14 16:36:57

Thank goodness not gloss! That's great it's coming off smile

LuluJakey1 Sat 09-Aug-14 16:37:46

If it is emulsion, it should come off with water. I find a wet towel rubbed. over it helps. No chemicals- vets advice when ours got paint on him outside. Gloss had to be cut off- much to his disgust- with nail scissors.

LuluJakey1 Sat 09-Aug-14 16:38:08

Any kind of remover is poisonous to them.

Cornettoninja Sat 09-Aug-14 16:38:47

I like your scientific method there floop grin.

Living room sounds lovely OP, if nothing else at least the cat matches <silver lining>

Floop Sat 09-Aug-14 16:41:31

I am well good at sciencing me! grin

My cat was fine. This was 10 years ago, she's still going strong. It was a fairly natural remover too, as low chemical as they can be anyway.

Glad your cat is clean OP!

LizzieMint Sat 09-Aug-14 16:45:17

My cat jumped into a paint tray when I was decorating so I had to wash her straight away as she was leaving painty paw prints all over the carpet.
Just grim determination and a bath I'm afraid. I did the cat burrito as suggested earlier to minimise maiming and had to put up with the yowls. The paint was still wet so did wash off ok.

MummyDuckAndDuckling Sat 09-Aug-14 16:52:33

Oh I ment just leave the paint. My cats tend to brush passed and end up with it on their fur but I just leave it. I don't think id trust any chemicals

RedPony Sat 09-Aug-14 16:54:07

OP please post a photo of your painted cat grin
I accidentally dyed a big pink blob on the back of my friends dog once. We were dying pink bits into our hair and a blob of it fell off the brush and went on to her dogs back. It took about 3 months for it to wash out properly and really stood out as her dog was white with a few bits of black on him

sharon56bus Sat 09-Aug-14 16:58:16

Blowlamp ...Hotter the better

EleanorAbernathy Sat 09-Aug-14 17:15:36

I accidentally dyed my cat once - I was meant to be dying my hair blue black - and my white cat somehow managed to walk through a bit that dripped on the floor.

For a few weeks I had a rather fetching looking white cat with blue paws!

It faded eventually though, I was quite disappointed.

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 17:21:47

<sigh> it's not letting me upload. The pic was shite anyway- he wouldn't keep still!

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Sat 09-Aug-14 17:29:56

Good to hear the wipes are working - might be work giving him a last over with water on kitchen roll in case of any residue from wipes.

No pics? sad

Gruntfuttock Sat 09-Aug-14 17:39:31

A blowtorch removes paint doesn't it?

Gruntfuttock Sat 09-Aug-14 17:40:44

Oooops! sharon56bus mentioned it first. blush

micah Sat 09-Aug-14 17:47:22

sugar soap is very alkali and very dangerous. Please don't use that!

emulsion paint is non-toxic so anything you put on it to remove it (white spirit, nail varnish remover) has the potential to cause more harm than the paint.

Bathing or washing will likely stress him and risk injury to the pair of you.

So best plan is to leave it be. Trim it off with a pair of curved scissors if it's annoying him, but that's the safest approach smile

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 19:51:54

To the tune of 'Postman Pat'

Painty Cat, Painty Cat
Painty Cat with his red and green splay
Although your tail is yellow
The fumes will make you mellow
On the floor's a turquoise arse-print where you sat!

florascotia Sat 09-Aug-14 20:08:48

Cats are at the top of a food chain. They rely on the creatures they eat - mice etc - to filter out a whole range of toxins. They (their livers) are therefore not able to cope with a whole range of substances that humans - even children - can manage. And they insist on washing themselves and ingesting poisons. You can get purpose-designed dog and cat wet wipes. But otherwise olive oil or water (depending on what subtsance is covering cat) and a lot of cotton wool together with towel and gloves and tepid water are your best bets.

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 20:11:02

Thanks flora he's all clean now!

deakymom Sat 09-Aug-14 20:59:47

when my cat emulsioned himself i filled the bath with cat shampoo and threw him in it the thrashing around he did got rid of the paint grin and then he sniffed the gloss sad he got high as a kite ran around the flat while i spoke to the vet who merrily assured me he would calm down overnight one sleepless night later he is wearing the cat equivalent of dark glasses and is considerably HUNG OVER i was considerate and cooked a massive fry up (like i would for any human who was stupid) he hid in the bedroom and vomited in my OH shoes

miss my cats glad yours is clean OP xx

Chwaraeteg Sat 09-Aug-14 21:09:19

I'd cut it out. If you want to dissolve the paint you need to know whether it's oil based paint, water based or solvent based. If it's oil based, it should also dissolve in oil e.g baby oil, if it's water based it will dissolve in water, for solvents you will need to try Shakespeare or something. Just remember "like dissolves like". (Same goes for makeup for what it's worth - oil based mascara?remove with oil. Need to remove nail polish but run out of remover? Just paint on more nail polish and rub or use Shakespeare).

Chwaraeteg Sat 09-Aug-14 21:10:56

Shakespeare?!!! God damn it - I meant hairspray. Bloody touchscreen!

nocoolnamesleft Sat 09-Aug-14 21:24:42


Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this paint clean from this cat? No, scratched my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnidine, making the green one red.


HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 21:26:55

Shakespeare!!! grin

*It is the paws, it is the paws, my soul
Let me not name it to you, you chaste stars'

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 21:27:49

To lick or not to lick?

That is the question...

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 21:29:45

Shall I compare thee to a tin of paint?
Thou art more lovely wearing black and white...

HumptyWasPushed Sat 09-Aug-14 21:32:44

Aw crap...too much wine and paint fumed hysterics. Arnie is looking all forlorn as if to say 'stop laughing at me or I'll post on Aibu myself'! 'Aibu to be pissed off that I've been painted on and now I smell like a baby's bum?'

doorbellringer Sat 09-Aug-14 21:40:31

Maybe give him some LSD to lessen the effects of the paint colour choice?

Chwaraeteg Mon 11-Aug-14 15:43:43

blush smile

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