I got sprayed by skunk (not directly) Need to be bathed

avril pickardavril pickard Member Posts: 123
edited 24 August, 2008 in Grooming
I need a bath but I hate water and my owner does not know how to bath me with a trip to hospital or being shredded:?


  • Nicole ZiembaNicole Ziemba Member Posts: 295
    edited 24 August, 2008
    I would go to the groomers....skunk is hard to remove. We had a dog that was sprayed...poor thing had to stay in the garage until we could give her a good bath (took about 3 of them, plus tomato juice)....kitty will need more then just a quick bath that a non-bather will take. Good luck.
  • Mike BlancheMike Blanche Member Posts: 89
    edited 24 August, 2008
    I have heard this works quickly and efficiently. Don't expect the cat to like it! ------------------------------------------- A chemist by the name of Paul Krebaum discovered a solution that chemically neutralizes skunk odor. The ingredients for the formulation are: 1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (fresh bottle) 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) 1-2 teaspoons liquid dish soap. Ingredients must be mixed in an open container and used immediately. Never mix the ingredients in advance because oxygen released from hydrogen peroxide may cause a closed container to explode. The solution can be used on people or pets; avoid splashing the product in the eyes or mouth. Allow the solution to remain on hair for five minutes before rinsing with water. Repeat as needed. Do not use this solution on clothing — it may discolor the fabric.
  • Tara WTara W St. PaulMember Posts: 939
    edited 24 August, 2008
    Yes, this is a serious undertaking. My girl's first cat was a repeat offender with the skunks and had to be given quite a few skunk baths. We used a special shampoo for getting rid of the oils, but I don't remember what it was called. Skunk Off maybe??? Anyway, he was pretty good natured luckily, but it would take a good 2-3 baths before the smell was at least bearable. Each bath would be a double sudsing and really thorough rinses. Poor kitty probably spent a good 20 minutes in the tub each bath. Having a second pair of hands is a must. It's hard to juggle a fighting cat and water sprayer and shampoo bottle.
  • Chrysee HinshawChrysee Hinshaw Member Posts: 474
    edited 24 August, 2008
    I would call your vet and see what they would advise. Skunkings usually take multiple baths, but if your cat finds them very aversive, perhaps the vet may be able to suggest something very effective so you can get away with one bath. If you really don't think you could bath your cat thoroughly, and safely, yourself, consider calling a groomer to see what they advise. It is not that expensive to take a cat to a groomer, so it might be worth it for both of you to have it taken care of by a professional.
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