3 Ways to Remove Ink from a Cat's Fur

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3 Ways to Remove Ink from a Cat's Fur
3 Ways to Remove Ink from a Cat's Fur

Cats have a habit of messing with everything, even paint. If your pussy has managed to paint itself, it's important to remove the paint as quickly as possible to avoid skin irritation and poisoning. First of all, stop the animal from licking itself. Water-based paints such as latex and gouache can be removed with a simple bath. In case your pussy has been soiled with oil paint, it will be necessary to trim its fur or apply cooking oil before bathing it.


Method 1 of 3: Reducing the risk of poisoning

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Step 1. Remove the collar

If it is also painted, remove it to be washed separately. To remove oil paint stains, use oil. If the paint is water-based, use detergent or stone soap. Do not put the collar back on the cat until it is completely dry. If the paint has penetrated the collar, maybe it's time to throw it away, especially if it's oil-based paint.

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Step 2. Keep an eye on the pussy until you can clean it

Don't leave it alone, it can't lick itself until you've removed all the ink. If he tries, stop him!

  • Try putting an Elizabethan necklace on it. This is a plastic cone that can be placed around the cat's neck to prevent it from licking itself. Do not remove the collar until all the ink has been removed.
  • If you don't have an Elizabethan collar, wrap the cat in a towel.
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Step 3. If you suspect the cat has ingested ink, take it to the vet

Most paints are toxic to felines, and everyone knows they try to clean themselves. First of all, you must make sure he hasn't ingested one bit. When in doubt, visit the veterinarian. Among the symptoms of poisoning are:

  • Difficult breathing;
  • Diarrhea or vomiting;
  • Salivation;
  • Fever;
  • Tremors in the head;
  • Kicking in the mouth;
  • Seizures;
  • Bluish gums and tongue.

Method 2 of 3: Washing Water-Based Ink

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Step 1. Remove small spots of ink

If the affected area is small, it will not be necessary to bathe the cat. Wet the painted hairs with a little water using a cup or damp cloth, then scrubbing with stone soap or detergent. Rinse until the paint comes out completely and dry the animal with a towel.

  • Follow the cat well with one hand and use the other to clean it. If possible, ask someone else for help. If he tries to escape, you can gently pull him back.
  • If he tries to slip out or scratch you, secure him with a towel. Wrap it around the paws. Leave only the inked parts out of the towel.
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Step 2. Prepare a bath

If the cat has several ink stains or is very dirty, prepare a complete bath with warm water in a sink or bathtub. Go stroking the pussy and talking to it while putting it in the bathtub.

  • If you have a sink with a gourmet spray faucet, you don't need to fill it. Use the spray to get the job done.
  • To keep water from getting into your pussy's ears, cover them with cotton wool before putting them in the water.
  • Place a towel or rubber mat at the bottom of the sink to keep the cat from slipping. Also, it may cling to something if it gets nervous about the bath.
  • Trim his nails before his bath to avoid getting scratched.
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Step 3. Use mild soap or detergent

Once he's in the bath, wet him with water, taking care not to hit his face and head. Massage the hair with mild soap or cat shampoo. The ink will start to come off slowly.

  • Do not use human shampoo as it can irritate the pussy's skin.
  • Do not apply the product on the face and head of the cat. If he managed to get his head dirty, wipe off the ink with a damp cloth.
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Step 4. Rinse off

With a cup or pitcher, take the warm water and pour it onto the cat, starting at the neck and working towards the tail. Avoid getting his head wet. Repeat the process until the paint and soap are removed.

  • If you have access to a shower, use it in place of the pitcher.
  • If ink remains, repeat the procedure.
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Step 5. Dry the feline with a towel

Once you've finished the bath, wrap it in a towel so it absorbs as much water as possible. You can even use a hair dryer at minimum heat and wind intensity very gently.

Method 3 of 3: Cleaning Oil-Based Ink

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Step 1. Cut the painted hairs

This technique is best suited for cases where there are specific places on the cat inked. Wait for it to dry and harden first. Then gently cut the affected points with a pair of scissors, removing as much as you can.

  • If you can get all the ink out like that, it's all right.
  • Do this very carefully so as not to cut too short, close to the animal's skin. If you are having difficulty doing this, skip this step and remove the ink using oil.
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Step 2. Rub in cooking oil

If ink is heavy on the cat or covering a large part of the cat, use vegetable or mineral oils to remove it. Apply a little to your hand and massage the painted areas. Use paper towels to remove excess oil.

  • It may take a while for the ink to come out completely. Keep rubbing the oil.
  • Do not use turpentine or chemical paint removers. They can irritate or burn the pussy's skin.
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Step 3. Give the cat a bath.

The oil will soften the ink, aiding in manual removal. With that in mind, take a final bath to make sure all the paint and oil has gone down the drain. Wash the cat with feline shampoo and warm water. After the process, dry it with a towel.


  • If the cat has too much ink on itself, wrap it in a towel and take it to the vet so that it can safely receive a general cleaning. It may be necessary to groom the pussy.
  • Oil-based paints should be removed with scissors or rubbing oil. It is not possible to remove them using water.
  • Ideally, someone should hold the cat while you clean it.
  • Pussy can get stressed after cleaning. Offer him a treat. It is also possible to calm it down using aromatherapy.
  • After removal, examine the feline to see if its skin has any signs of irritation such as redness. Also check for signs of ingestion, such as vomiting or diarrhea. Keep an eye on him for a few days.


  • If the cat licks the paint, it can be poisoned. If you suspect this has occurred, take him to the vet immediately.
  • Never use chemicals such as turpentine and turpentine to remove the ink. They can cause burns and severe skin irritation.

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