How to Get Rid of Static Electricity in a Cat’s Fur

Last Updated on July 8, 2021 by Jenny

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Have you ever felt a shock when petting your cat? This happens due to the static electricity in your cat’s fur. While this is not among the commonly asked questions about cats, it is an issue that quite a few cat owners face, especially during the colder seasons. This article will help you discover ways to get rid of static electricity in your cat’s fur so that you can go back to petting your cat without being afraid to hurt it or yourself in the process. Ragdoll Cat Trigg on Brawny Cat Sleeky Lounge Cardboard Cat Scratcher

Why Does the Static Electricity Appear in Your Cat’s Fur?

Due to a lack of humidity in the local environment, your cat’s fur builds up quite the electric charge. Then, when you pet it and add friction to the mix, both you and your cat feel a shock. While some humans aren’t really bothered by static electricity shocks, it might be quite annoying and maybe even painful for your cat. Therefore getting rid of this issue becomes very important especially in the cold months. Basically, when you have your heating system working at full speed, which reduces the humidity in your house drastically. The drier the air, the more static electricity you have in your cat’s fur. Moreover, the longer your cat’s fur, the more static electricity you have there. When it comes to Ragdolls and their exceptional coat, static electricity could prove to be one of those issues you can’t ignore. Here are a few pointers on how to get rid of it.

Does Static Electricity Hurt Cats?

This is what every cat owner wants to know after feeling the shock because cats usually have a very striking reaction to it. However, the level of pain experienced by the cat in such conditions is not an alarming one. While it is certainly an unpleasant feeling, it is more of an annoying/surprising experience rather than a painful one.  My cat Rags was so used to being shocked that he really didn’t even respond to it, like we didn’t as kids either.  It is a very subjective thing.

How to Reduce Static Electricity in Your Cat’s Fur

There are three main ways you can get rid of static electricity in your cat’s fur. Starting with the environment in your home to using products directly on your cat’s fur and all the way to small things that you can do, here are solutions to your static energy issue.

1. Removing the Environmental Conditions

As mentioned above, the central cause of the static electricity in your cat’s fur is the low humidity level. As such, the best possible way to fix this issue is to raise the humidity levels in your home. This should reduce the level of static electricity at first and then, get rid of it entirely. You can get a humidifier for your home, which should help you overcome this in no time. You should also have a hygrometer to measure the humidity levels. This way, you can set the humidifier according to your needs. Shop Humidifiers on Amazon Closeup of the blue Urpower humidifier Closeup of a blue, tear-drop shaped humidifier

2. Cat-Centered Methods of Removing Static Electricity

If you are not willing to make home improvements, there are other ways in which you can reduce and even remove static electricity in your cat. The principle is simple. If you can’t raise the humidity level in the environment, then you can raise it in your cat’s fur.

· Anti-Static Spray for Cats – Is It an Option?

There are quite a few anti-static sprays for cats on the market. However, I consider these to be the least viable option when dealing with static electricity because of the effect that these may have on the cat’s fur. When you use sprays on cats with long hair, you might expect their fur to get tangled. This means that soon after you use the spray, you have to brush them. If you miss one of these emergency brushing sessions, you could be facing tangles and mats. Also, your cat is going to lick off whatever you put on s/he, and who knows what is in that anti-static spray?  Is it safe for a kitty to ingest?  And you’ll just have to keep applying it.  Doesn’t seem like a good long-term solution.

· Shampoo and Conditioner – Can It Help?

Another way to add moisture to your cat’s fur is to use high-quality shampoos and conditioners. Products containing natural oils have a long-term effect. Regarding which products to use specifically, it all depends on your cat. Always use products that are a good fit for your cat’s breed and keep in mind that the ultimate goal is to moisturize the fur. Please note that you do not need to bathe your cat more often than usual, as that can lead to other dermatological issues. Stick to your usual bath schedule and have a winter stash of shampoos and conditioners that will help you get rid of the static energy.  Again, though your cat is going to lick off whatever you put on s/he, and are they safe for a kitty to ingest?
  1. Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo / Conditioner Bundle on Amazon
  2. 2-in-1 Conditioning Cat Shampoo, Extra Gentle Conditioning Formula 16 oz on Amazon
  3. Burt’s Bees Tearless Kitten Shampoo with Buttermilk on Amazon

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3. Tips and Tricks for Cat Owners

There are a few things that you can do yourself in order to prevent shocking your cat. You should know that these alone will not be enough to make a difference in your static energy issue. However, they could prove useful when used alongside other methods.

· Wetting Your Hands Before Touching Your Cat – Does It Help?

Similar to using sprays on your cat, getting your hands wet before touching your cat could spare you the shock, but it will leave your cat’s fur exposed to tangling, especially if done frequently.

· Hand Moisturizers – Are they Useful?

The low humidity in the environment affects you as well as your cat. This is why applying moisturizer on your hands is extremely useful in this situation. Use it regularly to maintain the effects and you will also get softer hands in the process. To sum up, the best way to get rid of static electricity in your cat’s fur is by eliminating the cause. Getting a humidifier is the absolute best solution if faced with this issue because it will spare both you and your cat a whole lot of grief.
Have you had success in getting rid of static electricity issues in your home?  What tips or tricks can you share?

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17 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Static Electricity in a Cat’s Fur

  1. ExperiencedOwner says:

    …do NOT use human lotions on cats even if you think its safe. As for a lotion containing many “lotions”… There are a lot of compounds used across lotions and even the most basic ones we think are not an issue can be. Make sure the cats are well hydrated, humidifier, and a little coconut oil doesn’t hurt and can really help dry skin and coat issues. Safe to ingest as long as they don’t get too much(1/4 of a teaspoon is enough) or they may have some runny stool

  2. Ellie L Sanborn says:

    Hi Jenny, today’s newsletter was very informative regarding the dry air and our furbaby’s fur. The humidifier I knew about. I heard about the lotion , but never tried because I don’t want my furbabies lick their fur. Your suggestions are great and I will try some. Will let you know how it works for my furbabies, Merlin and Loki. Thank you so much!!
    Have a great day

    • Jenny says:

      Please do let me know how it goes. Yes, you’ll want to make sure your lotion doesn’t have a lot of lotions, etc. in it. And make sure it’s dry before you pet your cats!

  3. George says:

    Another good way to remove static electricity from you and your cats and your house is to get a large cooking pan. Something like a large spaghetti container. Just let it boil for a good hour or so. Just do it a couple times a day. But like someone on this site said, the best thing to use is a humidifier. But this was with the pan is a good do for now. Thank you all. And have a very Merry Christmas.

  4. Nick says:

    Hi ! I just bought my cat a tree on amazon. The tree is leaving my cat full of static electricity everytime it gets in it. I wonder if their ain’t any product I could use such as fragrance free bounce sheets for the tree for exemple?

    Any Ideas? Thanks !

    • Nick says:

      UPDATE : Finally I used fragrance free bounce sheets and it worked. I rubbed it over the syntethic fur on the whole cat tree (81 inch with boxes for 1 sheet).

      The only reason I did this was because the fur of my cat was sticking to it skin making her feel unwell. She wasn’t really able to eat so I tried it anyway.

      My cat is feeling just fine again but I would only recommend this for situations where static is a real problem for the cat because of the chemicals in the sheet.

  5. Lily says:

    Thanks, is searched this at 3 in the morning because my cat was in my bed hogging the sheet and when I pulls it out from under her I saw static and like the 11 year old I am I was worried

  6. Lily says:

    Thanks,I searched this up at 3 in the morning be course my cat was in my bed and I pulled the blanket out from under her and I saw static and I was worried

  7. Morgan says:

    Great suggestions! Something else I do from time to time for a quick, temporary fix is to rub my cat with a dryer sheet. That will get rid of the static for a time and let me pet him without issue.

    • Jenny says:

      while that sounds like a reasonable solution, it is actually somewhat dangerous – the chemicals on a dryer sheet are then transferred to your cat’s fur, where s/he is going to lick it off and inhale it – so inhalation and digestion. I would suggest not doing that.

  8. Jennifer says:

    This article showed up ironically a day after static shocked my cat. I might try washing my hands a little more to stop some of shock & turn up the humidifier. It was a good spark & he didn’t like it at all. It was on his nose & he was startled & started to aggressively wash his face.

  9. Melissa says:

    I have a feral cat that I was trying to domesticize. He had never been petted, or it had been a long time since anyone had petted him. He didn’t know what to think of it, but I worked with him for about six months. He was just becoming relaxed and learning to enjoy being petted when winter hit and static electricity was in the air. It never even occurred to me. My cat was lying on my bed, and I was petting him. He was purring and suddenly out of the blue, he turned and bit me.

    I was shocked and said “What is WRONG with him!” I told my husband, “He just bit me for no reason.” I was somewhat used to him biting me when I first tried to pet him. He was, after all, a wild animal then, but it had been a long time since he had done that. It was my husband who warned me “Could it be he got shocked from static?” Later that night when it got dark, I again started to pet him, and I could SEE the sparks flying off his coat. I felt so bad to think I had hurt him. Once I knew what it was, I began to combat the static with moisturizers both for me and my cat. He (Simon) is now back to enjoying being petted.

  10. Patti Johnson says:

    Fantastic topic & post, Jenny!! Thank you soooo very much for all the wonderful information to reduce this annoying issue for so many of us!!! Luckily, we don’t seem to have much of an issue with that during the cold weather months with Miss PSB! My hubby is really the only one of us who gets static electricity shocks for some weird reason but he never seems to get much of them when touching Miss PSB…he only gets them when touching me! lol. Poor guy. We don’t have a humidifier but I often wonder if having the pet fountain in the living room and my CPAP machine (treatment for my sleep apnea), which has a built-in humidifier, has helped balance the humidity in our apartment during the cold weather months (which is why I don’t get any static electricity shocks and neither does Miss PSB). 🙂 <3

    Big hugs & lots of love!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbelle 🙂 <3

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