sticky balls (sticky bobs??) on cat, stuck to fur (from a plant) - what to do?

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  1. PJCroad&Chico

    PJCroad&Chico PetForums Member

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    My cat has apparently been rolling around in those plants that have these tiny balls on them that stick to clothing - and fur. I've already picked a load out but he won't stay still and some are further under his fur so I think it may hurt him a little when I try to get them out.

    I don't want him to eat them when he's licking himself, so what should I do? Are they harmful? How can I get them out?
     
  2. lymorelynn

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    Does he mind being brushed or combed? My semi-feral boy used to get them all the time (Mr. Stickies, they're called in our house) and I found it easiest to comb him through. Any really buried ones can be teased out by hand.
     
  3. PJCroad&Chico

    PJCroad&Chico PetForums Member

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    Not with my cat they can't. He keeps wriggling and trying to bite even when I put a collar on to restrain him. But I'll try combing. Where can I get a decent comb for a cat?

    Oh and when I've used a brush/comb (it was a combo I think) before, sometimes he's attacked it
     
  4. MoggyBaby

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    I know the things you mean - Merson gets them all the time in the summer... :(

    I can't offer any advice however on getting them out though because I just pull or tease them off Merson and he mostly lets me. If there is a tough one, he might get a bit 'nippy' but I just bung him on my knee and tell him it's for his own good as I get it off him. He then runs away in disgust but runs right back again when he's getting his treat for being a good boy. :)
     
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    Harleyfudge (our maine coon) comes in covered in them at regular intervals throughout the summer. I use a flea comb on him to get rid of them - works a treat: gets right down to the roots of his fine hair and doesn't miss any because the teeth are so close together.
     
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    Yep. We call them 'Stickybombs' the weed is called Galium aparine but is known by lots of names including Cleavers, Clivers, Goosegrass, Stickywilly, Stickyjack, Stickyweed, Velcoweed, Stickyleaf, Catchweed, Robin-run-the-hedge and Coachweed. Our two Maine Coons come home covered in the bloody things. We use a long toothed comb to get them out, but our two actually like a good brush so it's no big bother.... Apart from gettting the chuffing things all over the house that is!

    Ian.
     
  7. screamer

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    we call them sticky willies :D
     
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