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    My female cat fell into the idiot neighbors open vat of used motor oil! I washed her with dish soap for 45 minutes. She still feels a bit oily. Her mouth is clean. Worried she may ingest a bit, or through her skin (lower half of body was soaked). Any remedy for this?
    every life should have nine cats...

  • #2
    i don't know a stock remedy for this, without any symptoms.
    maybe look on the net for info from environmental ornithologists who rescue birds from oil slicks.

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    • #3
      in fact, you could get her to the vet right away to get one of those collars that stop animals licking themselves, plus any recommended cleansers.

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      • #4
        Hi Lyndee,

        Very sorry to be so late coming to the BB and seeing your post.

        Home Depot (other places probably do, also) has a product called Simple Green. It comes in gallon bottles and is what is used during clean-ups of wildlife at oil spill sites. There are instructions for diluting on the container but they also have a toll free number where they can advise how to use for your situation.

        Good luck....stupid, stupid people, your neighbors. What they've done, having an open vat of that stuff is illegal. Call your local police, they will have the EPA (joke though it is) out there to clean it up. Humans....argh!
        Sometimes on Earth, you can find something that resembles a little piece of Heaven. And sometimes on Earth, a little piece of Heaven can find you.

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        • #5
          By the way, Island Wildlife Natural Care Center, in the Pacific Northwest, a wildlife rescue center using homeopathy as much as possible recommends Petroleum 200C, 4 times per day for up to two days, for oiled birds. Personally, I think that a bit much. But they do this all the time, so use the information as you wish. If I were to go that route, I'd use it in water and dose once, see how kitty feels and go from there with succussed doses if you feel needed.
          Sometimes on Earth, you can find something that resembles a little piece of Heaven. And sometimes on Earth, a little piece of Heaven can find you.

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          • #6
            I only have Petro30c, so I gave her a crushed dose. Thanks for the help. I'm afraid of the neighbors, if I report them they might kill my cats. We're trying to move. We lived here peacefully with our cats for 10 yrs. before they came. I'll get the "simple green" tomorrow.
            every life should have nine cats...

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            • #7
              I had one of those collars & put it on her. I'm just worried about anything already ingested. The vet said all I could do was wash her. We've washed her twice, till she was panicking. I gave her activated charcoal. She's very hungry and crying a lot. Even though we've bathed her for a good hour she's still oily.
              every life should have nine cats...

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              • #8
                Lyndee, the 30C is probably sufficient. If she seems to need another dose, dissolve one pellet in about 4 ounces of water, stir or concuss before giving the first and any subsequent doses. The professional homeopaths may not approve of it and hope they will say so before/if you find need for any additional doses. Island Wildlife is geared mostly toward marine mammals and birds. Jeff Lederman, founder (fantastic guy!) apologizes at times for his aggressive use of homeopathy but has been doing this work for years so has some credibility!

                There are lots of acres here for our cats but they still seemed to land in a surrounding neighboring yard occasionally. We've done a few acres in cat-proof fencing, no easy trick! They have all the "natural" areas to roam still but stopped the problem for all but 3-4 super escapees who, when outside, now have DOUBLE cat-proof fenced areas! There is a very easy to install black plastic mesh product that has the support arms to top off an existing privacy fence. They also have directions and items for putting around the trees to stop that as an exit route. Can't remember the name but a google search should find it. We have that in some areas but mostly have a 5' high wire fence with a 3' extension at the top that bends forward at about a 30 degree angle into the penned area. If they can climb the fence, the forward angle at the top stops them from getting over.
                Sometimes on Earth, you can find something that resembles a little piece of Heaven. And sometimes on Earth, a little piece of Heaven can find you.

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                • #9
                  Simple-Green worked great! I diluted it 1:5 pts. water. 100% better than dish-soap. I'm watching her carefully. I think the baths have stressed her out more than anything. She never got diarrea which hopefully means no ingestion of oil. She had a black stool from the charcoal - so I hope it pulled anything bad through. I'm worried that she may have absorbed toxins through her skin. We were washing her within 3 minutes of when it happened, so I hope not.
                  every life should have nine cats...

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                  • #10
                    Glad Simple Green helped.

                    She shouldn't need any further baths now, so maybe she will relax. I don't know where the "pros" are but I would suggest holding off on remedies for now. She had the one dose of Petroleum, if she begins to show problems it might be best to prescribe on the symptoms she presents rather than repeat Petr.

                    A day late but if you find yourself having to bathe difficult kitty customers in the future......one way that was successful for me with a very hard to bathe (but very much in need of daily baths) epileptic cat was to slowly submerge (easy does it) him in warm water up to his neck in one of those tall white recycle type buckets, holding him by the scruff of the neck. Sounds terrible, I know. But he would seize and do horrid damage to himself and me if not held this way. He could keep his front feet on the rim for security. It left one hand free to soap him. I'd wait for a quite a while before even trying to do any "washing" and let the warm water lull him before any attempts to soap him. When done with soaping, would pick him up by the scruff and ease him into another big bucket of warm water to rinse...sometimes even another! (Understand, this cat couldn't be touched anywhere on his body without causing seizures, so the scruff was the safest method for us both!) It was the sound of the water running that drove him insane, so we avoided it this way. He grew to love those baths.
                    Sometimes on Earth, you can find something that resembles a little piece of Heaven. And sometimes on Earth, a little piece of Heaven can find you.

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