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Staticy cat

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hello, I've noticed that my cat Buster is starting to get staticy, when I pet him. What can I do to help him be static free? Or is it just one of those things you learn to live with. I've only had him since the end of February, so it's my first full winter with him Is there something I could add to his diet? Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 14
Its common in the winter motnhs. All my cats get static in the winter. At night when its dark in the bedroom I actualy can see sparks when I pat them. It can help to run a humidifer..
Mine come up for a headbutt and they get snapped on the nose static they hate that!
post #3 of 14
Yes, it's cat zapping season (zzzzt!). A humidifier is really your only solution.
post #4 of 14
Humidifier will definitely help... same problem happens with my dog at home... Dad's solution is solution of liquid fabric softener and water in a (CLEAN!) bug sprayer - you know, the kind you pump by hand and it has the little nozzle to spray.... he goes around spraying our carpets as needed and it helps a lot! (I hope this is safe... we've NEVER run into any problems with it - if anyone has solid facts that this is a bad idea PLEASE let me know!!)
post #5 of 14
Actually you are transferring your static electricity to your cat. Keep a bottle of hand lotion handy and moisten your hands before you pet your cat.
post #6 of 14
the lotion idea is one I will try ... I have a humidifier which does help..
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10
Dad's solution is solution of liquid fabric softener and water in a (CLEAN!) bug sprayer ....
As I was reading this the picture was forming in my mind that you were going to say he sprays it on the CATS!!

(Good thing that's not the case.)
post #8 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by coaster
As I was reading this the picture was forming in my mind that you were going to say he sprays it on the CATS!!

(Good thing that's not the case.)
Haha, I would never directly spray my pets with anything not intended to be used that way! We make sure the dog is outside while we spray and let everything settle/air out for a bit before she comes back in (we have yet to do this while my cat is at my parents' house, but we'd take him out of his room for the spraying)... once again, if anyone knows any reason why this wouldn't be safe, let me know! It's that season and I'm sure dad'll be spraying soon at home!
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
thanks for the replies! I'll have to go get a humidifier!
post #10 of 14
A frend of mine has this problem with her Dog and just rubs the dog down with an non-chemical dryer sheet. Now I do realize that cats might not like the smell of a dryer sheet, (I believe you can get them unsented) but it does help whtat that doggie smell too.
post #11 of 14
i have noticed this with my two barn cats when it is really dry out, but on wet days it is not present. The humidifier will probably help a lot.
post #12 of 14
Nachos hair on his back was almost sticking on end this afternoon
post #13 of 14
If you comb your cat on a regular basis you can use a dryer sheet...just take the comb and poke in through the dryer sheets and comb him out. I use unscented ones because I don't like the strong perfume-y smell. Also, a teflon coated comb will cut down on static.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Catfur
Yes, it's cat zapping season (zzzzt!).
so true!
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