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How to Remove Oil Paint From Cats

| Updated September 26, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Cooking oil

  • Soap and water

  • Paper towels

  • Thick gloves (optional)

You forgot to put your oil paints away, and your sneaky kitty found a new place to stick his paws or bottom. Maybe he even crashed right down and rolled in the paint. Cats love to find a new thing to sit on. You don't want to cut or shave off your cat's beautiful fur, and soap and water doesn't get out oil paint. All you have to do is subject your cat to a little bit of kitty torture to get the paint out of his fur.

Hold your kitty firmly without hurting him. You may want to do this in a sink or bathtub. Pour cooking oil, such as olive oil, over his fur where he has paint and rub the oil in over the paint. This will loosen the oil-based paint and make it moist and removable.

Wipe paint and cooking oil off with paper towels. Most of the paint should come off.

Wash your kitty with soap and water in the areas you used the cooking oil on. The rest of the paint should come off in the bath.


  • Use gloves if your cat detests water.


  • Your cat may be stained the color of the paint even once the paint is removed.