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Old 10-29-2013, 11:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb Static Electricity may be my petting problem

Iíve been trying to pet my Feral Cat Sebastian for years without success. Every once in a while I catch him at just the right moment when he lets me pet him. Tonight was one of those moments but was very short loved and it dawned on me that it might have something to do with static electricity.
As I was petting him I could feel the Electricity off of his hair and it was a little uncomfortable even for me so I wonder what he feels. The other cats have soft fluffy fur and his is short and stiff.
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Most likely, as those little sparks do zing a bit. You could moisten your hand slightly before you pet him. Hand lotion on your hand might take away the static but will make his coat greasy and likely won't be good for him to lick it off; don't use dryer sheets either for the same reason.
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It is the static electricity! And you can just moisten your hand with water! I have 5 long hair kitties out of the 7, so I've had lots of practice! This also works well for brushing.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I donít know why I never realized this before because I live in a dry desert climate and static electricity has always been a huge problem.
I know clothes and shoes also make a difference, because my nylon jacket really charges up and Iíve actually seen large blue fire balls coming off my fingers when grabbing a door knob in the dark.
I do use a lot of hand lotions because my hands really get dry, but I avoid petting after using it because I donít want the cats licking it.
Now that Iím aware of it Iíll have to find a way of discharging myself before trying to pet them.
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I have this problem when petting Gilbert & Sullivan (orange tabby fosters) sometimes. It was pretty irritating when I first got the boys. Sully, the shyer of the twins, would get a little bit of a shock when he came over to sniff me or rub up against my leg, and then I'd have a really tough time getting him back into his crate when it was time because he'd run from me in anticipation of another zap.

My Cosette actually likes little static electric shocks--or "sparkles" as we call them where she's concerned. Cosy loves to chase sparkles on the TV screen right after it's been turned on or off; she tries to bite them. Lol, she often asks for the TV to be turned on, so she can hunt sparkles.
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Sometimes when I pet my cat I tell her she creates enough electricity to light a city! Why do they bother with power plants when there are plenty of cats around to pet?
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Cosy loves to chase sparkles on the TV screen right after it's been turned on or off; she tries to bite them. Lol, she often asks for the TV to be turned on, so she can hunt sparkles.
That's just too funny LOL

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Sometimes when I pet my cat I tell her she creates enough electricity to light a city! Why do they bother with power plants when there are plenty of cats around to pet?
I have to say that I once thought I was seeing spirits or orbs in the middle of the night when I saw flashing lights run across my bed. Then I was a bit disappointed when I turned on the light to see my long haired Squirts standing on the corner.
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On more than one occasion, at night my cat has walked just beneath this lamp I have next to my bed, just barely rubbing into the rim surrounding the bulb, and when she's done that the static electricity has made the light bulb briefly light up! Most bizarre thing I think I've ever seen.
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HaHa! The other thing that lights up is the remote control for the TV any time one of my cats pass by it!! :p
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On more than one occasion, at night my cat has walked just beneath this lamp I have next to my bed, just barely rubbing into the rim surrounding the bulb, and when she's done that the static electricity has made the light bulb briefly light up! Most bizarre thing I think I've ever seen.
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