If you are new to the Zoo, let me explain Z.I.T. Zookeeper In Training. That would be my beloved sister. Her Zoo consists of a boxer, a cat, and a drill sergeant. Yeah, it's definitely a mobile Zoo.
I was scrolling along checking out my Facebook pals when I came across her status posting. "For the record...spray olive oil will remove fly paper glue from a cat."
It was all I could do not to pick up the phone and speed dial immediately! I mean seriously! That had to be the most awesome story EVER!! Especially if you know the cat in question. She's the ultimate cat. I mean attitude and all and her name is Cleopatra (or Fatra as I like to call her). The suspense was killing me.
Then I got the phone call that explained it all and I cried in hysteria before I was able to choke out, "You have to write this down so I can blog it!" My sister is so sweetly accommodating. The following is her account (in italics) and of course, my commentary.
So it started off like a normal day. (Like those EVER happen!) The alarm goes off at 5:30am; mommy stumbles out of bed; lets Baxter (also known as Eating Machine) outside to do his potty thing; and down the steps we go to feed Cleo. I open up the can of cat food, and dump breakfast into the bowl. The kitty is happy so mom goes to let the boy back in for his breakfast. Normal start....then it all goes wonky.
There is a strange sound followed by a cat like screech, and here comes Cleo streaking out into the laundry room with a fly strip zig zagged down her back and up her tail. (People, this cat doesn't "streak" anywhere - she might roll quickly but "streaking" is not her normal MO.) There is nothing else to do but remove the extra sticky fly covered mess from her back. So I pull, and tug and come away with a fly strip and half a cat worth of hair (anybody else picturing a backwards mohawk?) but I leave behind a sticky hairy mess (a backwards mohawk with spiked edges?!). So I grab a washcloth and a bar of soap - Irish spring to be precise (top o the marnin' Cleo!) - and try to clean the sticky off the cat. Cleo at this point is quite happy to go back to eating breakfast (did I mention I call her Fatra?). I however am concerned about the sticky poison laced glue that is still matting her fur and that Cleo will try to lick off later.
The soapy wash cloth did not do the trick. After breakfast is finished and Cleo reappears upstairs, we try the brush to remove the sticky (because a glue wadded cat brush is just what every house needs!). While this method removes a good bit of the loose hair that the original removal of the fly strip didn't accomplish (tidied up the mohawk), it does not get rid of the dreaded "sticky." We snag another wash cloth, and a different soap - dish washing soap this time (I'm sure this was a Joy. Get it?) - and now the cat is damp, soapy, AND sticky (But she smells great!). There is nothing I can do for it; I have to get to work, and the cat will have to stay sticky until I get home. Hopefully the two different soaps will at least rid the glue of most of its poisonous quality (and what cat wants to lick glue AND soap off her fur?).
A few sprays is all she will tolerate after a day full of indignities (ya think?!), and she goes hiding behind the couch. When she reappears, we try a quick couple passes with the brush (good thing it didn't work the first time!) and we have an oily, but not sticky, cat. I think that she is trying to pass it off as hot oil treatment.
The moral of the story....spray olive oil removes fly paper glue from a cat.
No my darling sister. The moral of the story is that, Google is a mom's best friend when dealing with child induced disasters. Oh and humor tolerates a multitude of disasters.