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Static Electricity in my kitties!!!

post #1 of 29
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ARRRRRRgggggghhhhh!!! Never had this happen before in the past, so I"m assuming something must be different in my home. All my kitties are full of static!! Every time pet them it's a series of little electric shocks from the tip of their fur one right after another. They can't feel it, only I get shocked ( I know this cause they don't move or jump when I get shocked, but instead look at me like "why'd you stop petting me?") . But they're all charged up and I don't know why. If I didn't think it was dangerous to do so, I'd rub them all down with a Bounce dryer sheet.... . Does anyone else have this problem this time of year? and how can I correct it? I use dryer sheets for all my laundry, so it's not that. It started about a week ago and the only thing that's changed since then is the weather has gotten a lot colder and dryer and crisper (which I know adds to the problem).
I've never had electrically charged kitties..
post #2 of 29
hahaha...electrically charged kitties...

maybe rub them down with a damp cloth???
post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by TheCatsMeow
maybe rub them down with a damp cloth???
yeah, I'm sure they won't mind that... j/k

What's weird with my cats, (I have 3) is Emmy seems to be the biggest one with static....considering she doesn't move a whole lot. I don't know how she's building the static up.
Nothing like getting a true "charge" out of your kitties.
post #4 of 29
I wear a lot of sweaters this time of year, and they start out being full of static, even with dryer sheets. This makes me shock my kitties, too. So, I spray this stuff called Static Guard on all my clothes. Also, I try to not drag my heels as much (very hard for me to do). Most of the time, this prevents the kitties from being static-y. But, even though they don't like it, I put a generic brand dryer sheet (on the label it says "not harmful to pets") inside a damp rag and sort of pet them all over with it. This also seems to help.
post #5 of 29
My cats are definitely electrically charged! For me it seems to be how dry the air is in my house with the heat going all the time. It probably doesn't help that they are rolling around like crazy on the carpets all the time. I bought an humidifier and that seems to help, I also do the dryer sheet on occasion, or I just rub them down with a damp cloth. It's funny to see Lucky running around with her hair standing on end from the static....lol
post #6 of 29
Ive noticed this too in the last two days teufel keeps on shocking me when i pet his tummy!
post #7 of 29
i had to laugh at the post...electrically charged kitties ...the only time this happens is when I walk on my carpet and drag my feet (a bad habit)..then Ill go to pet Hobbs and the poor thing gets zapped...he definitley feels it because we hear it, and he jumps for a second..i feel so bad when that happens because he looks at me like I did something to him on purpose!
post #8 of 29
I have this problem too, and Abby isn't happy about it at all! My husband and I keep shocking each other also!
post #9 of 29
Just don't wear nylon! I hate that too but I've yet to find a cure for it
post #10 of 29
My bf and I are having the same problem with our girls. Everytime we go to pet them we end up getting a shock, sometimes the cats do to. It's so cute seeing Pixie with her fur standing up on end as I'm petting her. It's defintely the time of year, and here in Toronto we've had a cold dry snap so that's defintely not helping.
post #11 of 29


I thought I was the only one with this problem! A couple of weeks ago I kept getting shocks from Villy. She could feel them too, I know as she would look at me like, 'ow! why did you do that!'
post #12 of 29
All of us were like then.

Then last week we got a humidifer for the home. It's one of those cool digital ones...turns out our house was at 25% humidity!!! Totally explains dry skin, electro static, etc.
Now we're up to 40-50% and that has helped the cats (and us) with static. Try that!
post #13 of 29
I agree with the humidity. As we heat our house mainly with wood I have several humdifiers running!!
post #14 of 29
Phenom is the electricuter. We dont really zap her as much as she zaps up She likes to go nose to nose with me and you can see the blue streak go from her nose to mine. Ouch!
post #15 of 29
Gracie is a mess right now. Her hair won't lay flat for anything. I can tell that it feels weird to her.
post #16 of 29
Poodle Kitty gets mad when I pet her ears, because I've been shocking them lately and we both feel it!
post #17 of 29
Yeah, same problem here, too. And they think I do it on purpose and give me that "Hey what was that for? Meanie " look, and it makes me feel soooooo bad. Anyways I also find that when I wear sweaters, I get shocked more.
post #18 of 29
Haven't had any trouble w/my kitties (I keep a humidifier running in my room, where they all sleep anyway), but when I was volunteering at the shelter yesterday I felt sooooo bad for shocking these two beautiful long-hair kitties I was wearing a 100% cotton sweater and denim jeans, so it must have been the shoes I was wearing. Zeus and Lailie are a gorgeous brother and sister pair, and they are SOOOOOO soft and fluffy!! (I've never had longhaired kitties, I didn't know ) But every time I petted them, I shocked both of us!!!!!
post #19 of 29
Mine get full of static in the winter when the humidity is gone.
What I do is buy unscented, hypo-alergenic dryer sheets and rub them each down with one daily.
post #20 of 29
Lu does this, too.. she rolls around on the floor, and I can hear the static. Then when I touch her afterwards, I always get shocked!
post #21 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by lunasmom
All of us were like then.

Then last week we got a humidifer for the home. It's one of those cool digital ones...turns out our house was at 25% humidity!!! Totally explains dry skin, electro static, etc.
Now we're up to 40-50% and that has helped the cats (and us) with static. Try that!
Hmmmmm....interesting. I wonder what my house is at though? I own an older home and I heat with steam heat, so you'd think the humidity wouldn't be too bad. I'll have to see if I can find something to measure the humidity before I buy a humidifier.
I was worried about rubbing them down with a dryer sheet, but sounds like others have done it (and some say safe with animals), so maybe I'll give it a try.
post #22 of 29
I know what you mean and we use a whole house humidifier. Tonight when its dark out turn off all the lights and then pet her. Its really amazing to see the sparks. lol
post #23 of 29
I'm digging this thread back up because the day I saw this was the first time I ever got a shock from Sleeves! I've been meaning to post but kept forgetting and then today they've been doing it to me again! and Mark touched me and did it too! Whats going on!? It has never happened with the cats before now its all the time!!
I blame this thread!!
post #24 of 29
It's been happening a lot to me this year. I'm blaming the new house. We have a propane heater in our basement, and a dehumidfier down there as well near the sump pump. My clothes certainly dry fast. I was wondering why Rockys fur was looking sorta funny lately, static certainly explains it. The cats also like to hang out in the basement b/c it's worm with comfy furniture.
Maybe I should invest in a humidfier for upstairs, hubby is sick, and rocky gets sick sometimes. I just feel kind of stupid humidfieing (sp) upstairs and dehumidfying downstairs.
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pombina
Whats going on!? It has never happened with the cats before now its all the time!!
I blame this thread!!
MUUUAAHAAHAA.......It's me....it's all me.....my plan to take over the world using statically charged attack cats is working.....zap them my pretty's, zap them all...... hahahaha.
post #26 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by lisasha3
MUUUAAHAAHAA.......It's me....it's all me.....my plan to take over the world using statically charged attack cats is working.....zap them my pretty's, zap them all...... hahahaha.
Oh God, this thread made me laugh so much!

When I first got my girls, they used to give me electric shocks whenever I stroked them. I don't think they felt it but I definitely did!! This went on for a while and then just stopped.
post #27 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by lisasha3
MUUUAAHAAHAA.......It's me....it's all me.....my plan to take over the world using statically charged attack cats is working.....zap them my pretty's, zap them all...... hahahaha.
ROFLOL

We added a new sectional sofa that is covered with the suede like fabric. Whenever anyone gets up from sitting on it they snap, crackle, and pop.
post #28 of 29
Our apartment is carpeted in every room, and Pandora also likes to lay on fleece blankets, so she tends to build up static from time to time. To cut static, I use a metal flea comb designed for dogs to groom her, and if that doesn't work alone, I get just a little water on the comb. We tried a kitty-wipe for a while, but it was scented funny and she hated it. She's just fine with a water-dampened comb, though.

(We also humidify through the winter months.)

Pieces,

Joanne
post #29 of 29
I had this problem with my kitties too so I started up my humidifier and things are fine.
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