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How do I get paint off a cat?

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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?

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

blush smile

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

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

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?'

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 21:27:49

To lick or not to lick?

That is the question...

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'

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.


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

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

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).

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

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

Thanks flora he's all clean now!

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 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!

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

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

Oooops! sharon56bus mentioned it first. blush

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

A blowtorch removes paint doesn't it?

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

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!

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.

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

Blowlamp ...Hotter the better

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

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

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.

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!

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>

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