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How do I get cat litter out from between my cat's toes?

 
 
Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 10:12 pm
It's this clumping cat litter. It's all dried and caked in there, on his back left paw. I tried to get it out with a moist paper towel, but that didn't work. It's really stuck in there between his toes like dried cement. I don't know how the hell I'm going to get it out without actually resorting to giving him a bath, and neither of us wants that.

So what do I do?
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Lash
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 10:15 pm
New cat.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 10:16 pm
Mother nature gave cats a tongue that can easily wear down cement. I'm sure kitty will get around to grooming himself.
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cyphercat
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 10:27 pm
Cats like to take care of such issues by themselves; it just hasn't been tops on his priority list yet. He'll get to it, he's got a lot of demands on his time, you know.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 10:42 pm
ummmm.... soak in water? change kitty litter?
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 10:45 pm
Prevention:
1 - dust the wet litter with dry to keep it from sticking.
2 - scoop often.

fixing the current issue:
1 - dip his feet in water.
2 - toothpick his toes.
3 - cat-brush his toes


In the end, he will deal with it on his own.

Now, when was his last vet apt?
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Montana
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 11:05 pm
And he's leaving it there? Is it just the female cats that groom themselves a million times a day?

You got a lazy cat, Kicky Laughing
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 11:17 pm
actually, that's a good point, montana. My girl cats never had clumps, my boy kitty does often.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 11:22 pm
or maybe Rocky needs to loose a bit of his belly to get to his hind paws.
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Montana
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 11:22 pm
Yeah, so what's up with these lazy boys? LOL!

I don't think I ever had a cat that had clumps, but most of my cats have been female.

My cat is all white/long haired and she's always super clean. In fact, she's behind me on my bed grooming herself as we speak.
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Arella Mae
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 11:26 pm
Kickycan,

If the litter gets really dry it can get to the point of being like a stone and can cut the cats feet. The best thing to do is to soak the cat's feet in water as long as he will let you. Then try to work the litter loose from between the cats toes.

You might consider a different type of clumping litter. There are several different grain sizes. Have you tried the Feline Pine or Feline Fresh? It's excellent. The litter stays dry no matter what. It's easy to clean and there is very little litterbox smell.

Hope this helps.
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Montana
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 11:37 pm
Yes, I know the kind of cat litter you use can be a problem. Stay away from the cheap stuff and the ones with the bigger pebbles.
Feline Fresh is a good one as Momma suggested and she's right about there being very little smell.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 11:38 pm
Got a gas-powered pressure washer?
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Arella Mae
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 11:40 pm
Shocked You mean old bird you! Laughing
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Montana
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 11:51 pm
Nah, he's really a softy, but don't tell anyone I told you ;-)
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Arella Mae
 
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Reply Tue 14 Mar, 2006 11:55 pm
Well Montana, I'll take your word for it. Just thought it might have something to do with the cat and bird thing. :wink:
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Anon-Voter
 
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Reply Wed 15 Mar, 2006 12:13 am
littlek wrote:
actually, that's a good point, montana. My girl cats never had clumps, my boy kitty does often.


We do tend to be slobs, but my Simon is pretty good at getting all cleaned up, He's a longhair, and he's got all kinds of hair between his toes. I think I should trim it, but JayBea won't let me because she thinks it would be unnatural. So we leave it up to him, and he takes good care of it!

Anon
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Anon-Voter
 
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Reply Wed 15 Mar, 2006 12:15 am
timberlandko wrote:
Got a gas-powered pressure washer?


Or just throw him in the washing machine using the gentle cycle ??

Anon
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Arella Mae
 
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Reply Wed 15 Mar, 2006 12:21 am
Shocked Shocked
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Wed 15 Mar, 2006 01:05 am
I use my mother in law's toothbrush.

Are there any mother in laws in the vicinity, Mr K?
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