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post #1 of 15
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I have a co-worker whose cat was sprayed by a skunk. Any tried and true techniques to remove the smell? Thanks!
post #2 of 15
The only thing I have heard that works is a bath in tomato sauce. But tomatoes are bad for kitties. I don't have any idea what to try. Call the vet if you don't get any ohter answers here!
post #3 of 15
Yah I would think a tomato sauce bath. They aren't that bad for them in moderation and I doubt after such treatment they will be inclined to try and eat it anyway. Just give a thorough rinsing.
post #4 of 15
IIRC green tomatoes and other green tomato plant parts are bad for kitties, but ripe ones are ok in moderation.
But they're not going to eat it at any rate.

Tomato juice works but you have to really saturate the cat. Massengill disposable douche powder works really well also. There are also commercial products available in pet shops.
post #5 of 15
I had a cat years ago who got skunked and the local animal shelter recommended diluting some Massengill Douche Powder and wiping down the cat. (Yes, there are jokes that can be made to be but it WORKED!)
post #6 of 15
Skunk Off works pretty well as well as Listerine Gold formula. Skunk spray is oily and tomato juice won't cut the oil, will only dilute the smell a very little bit - I think it's a big myth.

Here's a good site with a recipe to use on the cat - a mixture of peroxide, baking soda and dishwashing detergent: http://www.humboldt.edu/~wfw2/deodorize.shtml

Do not use this near their eyes, ears or mouth.

My dog got skunked in his face last year and since we couldn't use the mixture, we got Skunk Off from our vet. It worked well after about 6 washings.
post #7 of 15
Well, if its an oil, you could try washing it with dawn dish soap, which does cut grease.
That's what they did to me at girl scout camp anyway, and I know people have recomended washing a cat in it anyway.
post #8 of 15
The tomato juice trick might work. I'd recommend calling the vet. Maybe they'd be able to lightly anesthetize the cat for the bath. I can't imagine any cat willingly tolerating a tomato juice bath...
post #9 of 15
1 pint hydrogen peroxide
2/3 cup baking soda
1 tablespoon liquid soap, preferably citrus based

Mix this up at the time of use (will not work if not "right now fresh"). Sponge on dog (or cat). Let sit two to five minutes then rinse with plain water. If a second dose is needed mix a new batch from scratch. The mix reacts with the mercaptans (smelly chemicals in the skunk spray) and oxidizes them. If the mix is not fresh, the reaction will not work.

Tomato juice, Masengill and Selsun Blue work because they tend to cut the oil base of the skunk spray but they do not really "kill" the odor. They just strip off the bulk of it. Skunk oil is meant to be persistent. A lasting memory of your encounter with the stripped kitty. Once it gets a grip just washing away the oil does not remove the smell, just reduces it.
post #10 of 15
Interestingly, tomato juice actually doesn't work. People just think it does because it does something to humans' noses to make the smell seem less strong, when in all actuality, it's still there. Vets (and maybe pet stores) have a product called Skunk Off that I recommend highly.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by JanieC
I had a cat years ago who got skunked and the local animal shelter recommended diluting some Massengill Douche Powder and wiping down the cat. (Yes, there are jokes that can be made to be but it WORKED!)

That poor Cat....
post #12 of 15
I remember growing up we always seemed to have a cat that got sprayed by a skunk so we used the tomato juice. Boy that has fun trying to clean that up!!
post #13 of 15
hello just curious why would a skunk spray a cat? Do some cats actually attack try to eat them?
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Knowing this cat, she probably thought the skunk was a pretty stripey kitty to play with!
post #15 of 15
thats to funny my friends cat was also sprayed skunks usually only spray when they feel seriously "threatened" LOL I guesss some cats just get to carried away
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