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Discussion in 'Grooming & General Cat Care' started by smosmosmo, Jan 11, 2019 at 3:02 PM.

  1. smosmosmo

    smosmosmo Thread Starter TCS Member Adult Cat

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    Smo groomed her stomach bald over the past month and developed a couple hot spots, and we realized it was because of the new cat tree we got - it was treated with some strong-smelling chemicals that Smo had an allergic reaction to. We removed the cat tree a couple weeks ago and she's already getting her undercoat back in.

    I used the Furminator on her during the overgrooming/cat tree phase, and I don't want to use it on her again without cleaning it in case there's chemical residue left behind. What's the best way to do this? It seems like there are parts that could get waterlogged if washed, but I don't know if wiping down the brush would get all the chemicals off.
     
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  2. RajaNMizu

    RajaNMizu TCS Member Alpha Cat

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  3. Willowy

    Willowy TCS Member Top Cat

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    Yeah, don't soak it. Just run it under water quickly and give it a scrub with an old toothbrush and dish soap. That should get rid of the nasties without getting it filled with water. Shake it out and wipe it dry as much as you can.
     
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  4. FeebysOwner

    FeebysOwner TCS Member Top Cat

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    Hi. I guess the comb area can be washed. But, for the rest of the tool, is it possible to use a 50/50 spray solution of water/vinegar on it, to avoid too much water? In case, you worried about residue on the rest of it?? Is it apparent I really don't have an idea?? :drool:

    What are you doing with the cat tree? You could take it outside, and scrub it with water/ammonia, and then take a hand held steamer to it. Let it dry, and maybe still be able to use it????
     
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  5. ArchyCat

    ArchyCat TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I would put the cat tree in the trash!
     
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  6. smosmosmo

    smosmosmo Thread Starter TCS Member Adult Cat

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    @FeebysOwner Hopefully the Furminator will be fine! Smo's generally allergy-prone so my main worry is that I'll get water in the brush and it'll grow mold. With the cat tree I don't want to take any chances, since there are parts with sisal that can't be properly cleaned - we're in the process of returning the tree to Amazon.

    @ArchyCat We're returning it! Her undercoat is growing back in but her scabs still haven't fallen off, and I'm not taking any chances of this ever happening again. I'm bummed because she loved her tree, but all the ones I'm finding are covered in carpet - even scratching posts all have a carpet base. I guess she'll have to make do with the perches we got her...
     
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  7. ArchyCat

    ArchyCat TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    Look for one with sisal(?) rope. My cats like them.
     

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