My cat got sprayed by a skunk! Someone help me figure out how to make him stop s

Jump to Last Post 1-9 of 9 discussions (19 posts)
  1. Kathleen Odenthal profile image93
    Kathleen Odenthalposted 4 years ago

    My cat got sprayed by a skunk! Someone help me figure out how to make him stop smelling. Ideas?

  2. Cheeky Kid profile image96
    Cheeky Kidposted 4 years ago

    I've got no experience with skunk stink bombs but maybe you should give your cat a bath with lots of soap and shampoo. Good luck. :3

  3. IndependentMind profile image78
    IndependentMindposted 4 years ago

    They say you can neutralize the scent of skunk with tomato juice.  A tomato juice bath would not hurt your cat.  But my best suggestion would be to consult with your veterinarian.

  4. Melissa A Smith profile image99
    Melissa A Smithposted 4 years ago

    Cats don't like baths so you're in a tough predicament. This is one reason why cats should remain indoors unless supervised. Nature's Miracle makes a product that removes skunk spray sold in most pet stores.

    1. IndependentMind profile image78
      IndependentMindposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That's funny.  I had a couple of cats that loved taking a bath and would jump into the tub with who ever was taking a bath.  It led to some comical situations, i must say.

    2. Kathleen Odenthal profile image93
      Kathleen Odenthalposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I have one cat that loves the pool, and two cats that fear water, one to such an extent its remarkable. The one who got sprayed is the middle of the extremes, hes just skiddish. Luckily the smell has mostly disapated.

    3. profile image55
      acornivposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      A very few breeds (like Turkish Van's) love water, as do some individuals ( I have one) I have a theory that cats are either wharf descended ( fish lovers) or dairy descended (they  love dairy) My fish lovers are much more inclined to play in water.

  5. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 4 years ago

    I use to have an old stray we adopted who bolted every time I opened our door, and one night she returned home with that awful smell! Since giving her a bath was nearly impossible we just slathered tomato juice all over the while she was on the porch. It took 2 of us to hold her in position. We left it on while she ran around for a while. About an hour or so later we lured her back to us (she hated us by this point) with some tuna. My husband held her down and I poured two giant pitchers of warm vinegar/lemon/water on her, massaging her in between pitchers. It did get rid of most of the odor but not all.

  6. bethperry profile image92
    bethperryposted 4 years ago

    A friend had a dog sprayed by a skunk. Her vet told her to add a little vinegar to the dog's water in order for the rank smell to pass more quickly.. I think it was one tablespoon vinegar to 12 ounces of water. You might want to try this as the friend said it helped.

    1. Kathleen Odenthal profile image93
      Kathleen Odenthalposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Wow! I never would have thought of that!

  7. The Examiner-1 profile image74
    The Examiner-1posted 4 years ago

    The well-known one is bath in tomato juice - but that is a maybe.

    Another one which seems to work better is:
    1 quart 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
    1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
    1 teaspoon liquid soap or dish detergent
    Mix these together and bathe ("shampoo" in or rub down) the spray victim thoroughly.
    Be sure to use this mixture immediately after it is created, as it is unstable.
    Let sit for five minutes and rinse with tap water afterward, and repeat if necessary.
    For spray in the eyes, flush with water as soon as possible.

    1. profile image55
      acornivposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Because cats take in toxins thorugh their skin more readily than humans or most other animals, I would caution against using these substances. They could make your cat very sick!

    2. The Examiner-1 profile image74
      The Examiner-1posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      The only one that I can see with toxins is hydro peroxide. Baking soda is used in food and dish soap washes dishes.

    3. profile image55
      acornivposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      From several pet websites: "Ingestion of large amounts of baking soda or baking powder can lead to electrolyte abnormalities (low potassium, low calcium and/or high sodium), congestive heart failure or muscle spasms." kidney failure is also a concern

    4. The Examiner-1 profile image74
      The Examiner-1posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I did not know that, I do not have a pet. Well then, the simple tomato juice that I said first is the other option - unless that has toxins for cats(?)

    5. profile image55
      acornivposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      No worries - actually it is good you & others brought this up, so it can be corrected - I wrote 1800petmeds and asked them to do so. Thanks!

  8. bravewarrior profile image92
    bravewarriorposted 4 years ago

    Kathleen, I found this article on 1800PetMeds:

    http://www.1800petmeds.com/education/re … pets-9.htm

    1. profile image55
      acornivposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I like 1800petmeds. I use them, but this advice is neither sound nor safe, especially with a cat with compromised kidneys or a heart condition. Sodium sets off an electrolyte imbalance and  HP (bleach) is used to induce vomiting after poisoning
      .

  9. profile image55
    acornivposted 4 years ago

    You rub him down with tomato juice. No joke. It nutralizes the odor. People who live in skunky areas keep it on hand, especially if they have dogs.

    There are ways to give cats baths that are less frightening than others. In this case, because you're not trying to get rid of fleas etc, I would get a capable assistant or put a harness (NOT collar - bad idea if he panics) and leash on him and secure the leash to a towel rack or something else that will keep him in the bathtub long enough for you to rub him down with tomato juice, let sit a few minutes and then pour cups of warm (not too warm) water on him, while reassuring him and follow it up with treats or his favorite play. The key is to avoid the sound of rushing water - hence using a cup to scoop and pour rather than running water. Putting them into a tub of water is terrifying and I don't recommend it. Cats vary widely in how they react to water. I have one who gets in the shower every day, and spends the rest of his day sleeping in the sink, fishing in a bowl of water or flushing the toilet, but if I were to set him in a tub of water he'd likely react like a more, ummm, normal cat.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)