Cats know how to clean themselves very well, but in some cases it may be necessary to help the animal. You'll have to clean the hair if it gets on its back with urine or feces, touches a petrochemical substance, or rubs itself on something sticky. Find the source of the dirt, clean the cat properly and restore the beauty of his fur.
Method 1 of 3: Cleaning up faecal waste
Step 1. Check the animal for fecal debris
Inspect the hairs in the cat's anus area to check for trapped stool. You can find dried balls of feces stuck, especially if the animal has long fur. The back region may also have other types of dirt.
Tummy aches and diarrhea can make the cat more dirty than usual, making cleaning difficult
Step 2. Remove the stool balls from the fur
Brush the area around the pet's anus to remove some of the dirt residue. If the waste remains trapped, cut it off with scissors. Do not keep the scissors blades too close to the animal's skin while cutting, obviously.
Avoid cutting wet fur. The cat's fur must be dry for the blade to reach the parts below the dirt
Step 3. Clean up small residues of faeces
Clean the dirty area of the cat's fur only if you notice small stool residue. You will need a bowl of warm water, cat shampoo, and a washcloth. Dip the cloth into the bowl of water and use it to wet the dirty area; rub the shampoo in place until foaming and rinse well with the cloth. Continue wetting and squeezing the cloth until the water comes out completely clean and the dirt has been removed.
It may be easier to place the cat's back over a basin or sink. Thus, the entire back of the cat will be sanitized, which will make cleaning much easier
Step 4. Clean general dirt
The cat can get dirty if it has diarrhea or a stomachache, so wipe the dirtiest parts with a paper towel. When most of the dirt has been removed, wash the pet's backside with a mild cat shampoo. Foam around the cat's anus, being careful if it is particularly sensitive. Have someone help you hold the cat while you rinse off the shampoo.
- Avoid using human shampoos as they do not have a suitable pH for cats' skin.
- If possible, use a cat shampoo that contains oatmeal to help moisturize your pussy's sensitive skin.
Step 5. Dry the cat's fur
Use a clean towel to scrub the cat's fur until it's almost completely dry. The animal will dry quickly if cleaning has been done only in one area of the fur; if a good part of his body is wet, use a dryer on low power. Brush the cat while using the blow dryer to keep the fur from matting.
If possible, get someone to help you while using the hair dryer on the cat. The other person should hold the animal firmly while you dry and brush the animal's fur
Method 2 of 3: Removing Lily Pollen from Hairs
Step 1. Remove pollen from dry hair
Use a paper towel to remove the pollen from the animal's hair, removing as much as possible. Use a clean area of paper with each movement so as not to spread the pollen further. Continue until there is no more pollen in the animal's hair or until the paper is free of pollen after use.
Remove the pollen as soon as you notice it to reduce the chances of the cat getting poisoned by licking its own fur. Put an Elizabethan collar on him and take him to the vet if you're not sure you've removed all the pollen
Step 2. Remove pollen completely
Moisten the cat's fur with a wet towel. Rub the cloth over the area to remove any pollen residue. If you notice that the cat's fur is still smeared with pollen, spray it with water to clean up any remaining debris. Dry the cat with a clean towel afterwards.
Don't worry if the cat starts cleaning itself right after the procedure. The important thing is not to let him lick himself while the fur is still dirty
Step 3. See your veterinarian
If you suspect the cat has ingested the pollen, clean the rest of his fur and contact your veterinarian. While it's important to get your pet to the vet as soon as possible, clean his fur before then to prevent him from ingesting even more pollen.
Your veterinarian may have blood tests to check the cat's kidneys. Perhaps he also administers serum to help the animal's kidneys work
Step 4. Understand the dangers of lily pollen to the cat's health
Avoid keeping lilies at home if you have pets, as the cat can end up ingesting the pollen and getting contaminated, which can lead to kidney failure and poisoning. Other plants poisonous to the cat include:
Method 3 of 3: Cleaning Petrochemicals from Cat Hair
Step 1. Check the cat's fur for a petrochemical
The composition of such products can be toxic and irritate the animal's skin. Inflamed or irritated skin can become infected, and if the toxin is ingested by the animal, it may have symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and organ damage. Common petrochemical substances dangerous to the cat include:
- Household cleaning products that contain benzalkonium chloride, which can cause burns to the tongue. When exposed to such a product, there is a risk that the cat will stop eating.
Step 2. Don't let the cat lick itself
If the dirty area is small, clean it immediately. The cat may start licking itself while you're picking up the cleaning supplies, so it's important to stop it before you move away from it. The best way to do this is to put an Elizabethan collar on the animal. It will prevent the cat from touching the body or paws. If you don't have the collar, wrap the cat in a towel and have someone hold the animal while you pick up the cleaning products.
- If you don't have a necklace, check which part has been contaminated and improvise. For example, if the substance is in the cat's body, you can dress it in a baby outfit. Another option is to use a large sock, making holes to insert the cat's legs.
- If the cat's paws have been contaminated, wrap them in a bandage or put baby socks on them, securing them with some kind of adhesive bandage.
Step 3. Cut off the contaminated hair parts
It will be necessary to cut the contaminated part of the hair carefully if the substance is dry and hard. Be careful not to cut the animal's skin, especially if the substance is in deeper areas of the fur.
If the ends of the hair are affected, place a comb between the skin and the dirty part of the hair. It will be easier to avoid cutting the cat's fur this way
Step 4. Soften the dirt and wipe it off
If the substance is still soft or too close to the animal's skin, it will not be possible to simply cut the fur. You will need to soften it further and wash it. Use a hand cleaning paste, which serves to dissolve grease and oil. You can also use sunflower oil, vegetable oil or olive oil. Put oil on the affected area until the dirt softens and wipe it off with a dry cloth.
- Repeat the process until most of the petrochemical substance has been removed.
- Avoid using tea tree, eucalyptus or citrus oil, as these substances are toxic to the cat.
Step 5. Wash and rinse the contaminated area
After cutting or softening the dirt, wash the cat's fur. Wet the fur with warm water, then applying shampoo for cats. Rub the shampoo to form a foam and rinse with warm water until the product is completely removed. The oil and petrochemical will be washed thoroughly. Dry the cat with a towel or blow dryer on low power.