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Can I wash her little paws...? And what is safe?

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BulletFox Sat 16-Dec-17 17:49:02

We've just made the transition from her being an outdoor cat to indoor.

She's coping really well. But I did wonder about attempting to wash her little paws every day though I'm not sure what would be a safe washing agent and how she'd react.

Could be kitty claws at the ready!

Marcine Sat 16-Dec-17 17:50:06

Why do you need to?

Wallywobbles Sat 16-Dec-17 17:50:24

Does she not wash her own feet? I must be missing something. Why does she need her feet washing?

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 16-Dec-17 17:50:27

Why do you need to wash her paws?

FuckyNellYaBastad Sat 16-Dec-17 17:51:25


ChaChaChaCh4nges Sat 16-Dec-17 17:51:31

confused Why would you do that?

dementedpixie Sat 16-Dec-17 17:52:12

Why on earth do you need to wash her paws? They clean them by themselves. If you really needed to then a damp cloth would suffice

troodiedoo Sat 16-Dec-17 17:52:25

Buy her some little wellies.

PersianCatLady Sat 16-Dec-17 17:52:27

I am confused, why would an indoor cat need their paws washed but not an outdoor cat?????

girlandboy Sat 16-Dec-17 17:52:46

Not something I'd do personally. The most I've done is get a damp cloth to wipe a big blob of mud of her paw to save her licking it off!

I don't think many people wash their cats paws on a daily basis.

ChaChaChaCh4nges Sat 16-Dec-17 17:53:12

Are you the somewhat vulnerable poster who has just moved and relied on stranger neighbours while your electric was off? Has a gun/ammunition stolen and had started using the shower cubicle for cat litter, and drinking very heavily?

ragged Sat 16-Dec-17 17:53:13

I guess OP doesn't wear her outdoor shoes indoors.

ChaChaChaCh4nges Sat 16-Dec-17 17:55:39

Sorry, I should add - the reason I ask is that the poster on that thread was really struggling with decisions and self-care. If it was you, please don’t start messing around with your cat.

BulletFox Sat 16-Dec-17 17:59:21

I didn't think it was that daft a question!

Ok, because she's more restricted now, and has to use a litter tray I wondered if it would be best to give her a mild clean each day.

Maybe it's a silly idea but I just thought about it earlier. Of course she might go catbatshit crazy if I ever attempted it and claw me to death.

ScreamingValenta Sat 16-Dec-17 18:02:30

She will clean herself much more efficiently than any human could clean her smile.

dementedpixie Sat 16-Dec-17 18:04:14

No she doesn't need a mild clean every day. They clean themselves. Why is she now indoor only ?

BulletFox Sat 16-Dec-17 18:04:22

Oh alright. Maybe it was a thick idea.

BulletFox Sat 16-Dec-17 18:06:44

Oh we've just moved to a flat, which she's not used to, and doesn't have outside access for the first time in her life.

There's a stone courtyard I could let her out into but I can't take the risk of little poos!

ScreamingValenta Sat 16-Dec-17 18:06:50

It's not a thick idea, OP - if you've not had experience of an indoor cat, you can't be expected to know everything about looking after one.

StripySocksAndDocs Sat 16-Dec-17 18:07:18

Totally unnecessary.

Only time you'd wash a cat is if there's something on they they should lick. Like oil. Even then it's not the easiest of jobs.

Altwoo Sat 16-Dec-17 18:07:22

Get yourself a cat guide - sound alike it might help with some basic principles. I’d also query making an outdoor cat indoors-only - what are your reasons for this?

StripySocksAndDocs Sat 16-Dec-17 18:08:11

Shouldn't lick. Not should!!

Altwoo Sat 16-Dec-17 18:08:52

Just seen update - keep the litter tray, but let her out (once she’s had her bedding in period). I cannot tell you how awful it would be for her to be kept in after having had that freedom. Imagine being housebound for the rest of your life!

ScreamingValenta Sat 16-Dec-17 18:09:25

Re. the courtyard - cat poos are usually quite firm and don't stain, so it would be easy to pick them up with a poo bag and throw them away.

PersianCatLady Sat 16-Dec-17 18:10:35

An indoor cat is even more lesd likely to need their paws cleaning than an outdoor cat as they are not going to walk in oil or mud.

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