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  2. I don’t like the idea of using dryer sheets on your cat. I avoid using them because I read that they can cause your clothing to be more flammable. That sounds dangerous. I don’t think I want a flammable cat. Plus the fact that the chemicals in the sheet could be poisonous.

      • Mumbai where i live is humid. India is a sub-continent that has all the World’s climatic regions in a single Country. Kashmir ,North India and Ooty in South India is akin to Europe in climate, especially Kashmir.In Rajasthan and parts of Gujarat it is Desert Climate, hot.As for beaches, Goa and Kerala are famous for beaches.A cats life would differ in different city’s and climatic regions of India.

        • I think animals, like people, get accustomed to the local climate. I couldn’t handle the heat in India, I know that. Monty would have a hard time with it too. I often think he would enjoy a beach, but I have never taken him. He does have a fascination with water.

          I wonder how cats from India would react to snow and even a mildly chilly Wisconsin day like today, which Monty enjoyed very much. People are doing these pet adoptions from entirely different areas of the country now and that has got to be stressful for the cats to suddenly arrive in an entirely different climate. But at least they have a home. My cousin’s dog (mentioned above) moved with her family from the Arizona desert and has adjusted well to the cooler climate. In some ways better than her humans, I think.

  3. This is a big problem where I live. It is so dry. Discharging the static electricity is usually the quickest solution. Honestly, the cats seem to expect it. I am also careful where (which part of their body) I touch them first. No nose bobbing. I shouldn’t call it bopping. It is actually a gentle touch. It is the only way I get to touch Yellow. Marvin is always full of static electricity when I first see him. Together, we discharge it and commence with the petting. Bigfoot is so delicate these days, I’m very careful. Shadow never seems charged.

    I don’t like or recommend the bounce sheets. I couldn’t bare the smell on the cats, though there are up scented sheets I assume. I wouldn’t recommend it just on principle.

    Using a damp brush is a good suggestion. I’ll try it. Damp hands too. They love to be petted with damp warm hands.

    • Me too Dorothy – especially with Molly who is so fluffy. She leads me into the bathroom and jumps in the empty bath tub for cuddles and its extra bad there I think because of the metal of the tub. It makes us both jump and sometimes she runs off.

      I’ll have to get a humidifier – that’s a nice thing to have anyway – its so cold here in winter that the heating causes it to be so dry.

      Marvin is so charged up because he rolls around on the carpet and couch so much I’ll bet ya 🙂

      • You are right about Marvin. He is a charged up guy. But a toughie, sort of Macho..no electrical charge is going to make him jump and run.

      • I hate that when you are petting a cat and then there is a static discharge you did not intend on his ear.

        Not much static here yet. It’s still quite damp out, not that cold yet, and we don’t run our heat very much anyway. In the middle of winter the static will get quite bad. I hate shopping at the grocery store in the middle of winter. Everything I touch I get a shock. It just becomes torture. I hate that. Around that same time of year I can hardly pet or hold Monty at all because it’s just zap, zap, zap with the static. Since we don’t use our heat very much it doesn’t get really, really dry that like in our house unless the temperature dips below zero usually.

        When we work fireworks shows we are trained not to slide any boxes of product because of the chance of a static charge building up, discharging and igniting the shells. Remote chance, but you follow the rule. Usually, we do that in the humid summer so it seems like overkill to avoid sliding any box. But for winter shows it’s a huge issue and very dangerous. There is a lot more static. I guess if it snows it’s super dangerous. I have never worked a winter show.

        When I helped my cousin move I got all excited because I could slide boxes. I’m so used to handling heavy boxes of fireworks and having to lift, not slide everything that I was just excited to be able to slide their heavy moving boxes.

        Their dog took their move in stride. It’s like she didn’t really care. I don’t think there are many cats who would be so nonchalant about such upheaval.

    • I had no idea, DW, that you have such a problem with static electricity where you live. We don’t get static here in damp old London. Never had to think about it.

      You obviously cope very well with it. We agree that is all about the climate.

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