It’s the art of painting, but there are some tips and tricks that can make it easier to paint cats.
For some people, paint thinner can help create a more flattering, natural looking look for their cats, says Brenda Roes, a veterinarian and the founder of PetSmart Veterinary Care in Vancouver.
The most common kind of paint thinner is acetone.
“If you’re looking for a good, long-lasting paint, acetone is probably the best one,” Roes says.
Roes says it’s a bit more expensive than acetone, but the difference in performance and ease of use makes it an option for those looking to paint a cat.
Acetone is the type of paint used in nail polish, she says.
“Acetones are actually really strong, but it’s not as hard to work with as acetone,” she says, adding that it can be easier to work if you have a few extra brushes.
Roes recommends you apply it on the front paws, then move your brush to the back paws and work your way up the paw, moving up to the next step, then back to the front.
She says you can get away with using the same amount of acetone on the same spot in the same direction, but if you want a more subtle effect, choose a thinner that can be applied at different times of day or night.
“You’re not going to see the same effect with acetone in the morning or the evening, and then at night you’re going to get a more beautiful effect,” Ries says.
The paint thinner also comes in different colors, depending on the type you choose.
“If you want to be more natural, go with black, or darker colors,” she suggests.
If you want something that will add some depth, use the lighter colors.
You’ll need to experiment to find the best combination of colors for your particular cat.
Paint thinner is also available in other paint types, including glycerin paint, paint-on, and clear.
Roes suggests you use the thinner as a paint brush, rather than a paint roller, because it can create a lot of paint, and the brush can be difficult to clean and maintain.
Roses recommends that you do a thorough cleaning every few weeks to keep your pet’s coat looking fresh.
If it’s still not working out for you, Roes suggests taking your cat to the veterinarian for an appointment.
Roses also recommends you avoid using a paintbrush for painting cats, because paint brushes can be a bit too harsh.
“It’s more of a paint thinner, but that’s because you have to get them out, so that they can dry and you can apply it again,” she explains.
“They’re going down very quickly.”
Roes recommends that cats be kept indoors if possible, because some of the acetone can seep into the fur and damage it.
“I do have some cats that are allergic to acetone because they have an allergy to it,” she adds.
“So, if you’re painting indoors, make sure you wash your hands with soap and water before touching your cat and that you clean the area frequently, so it doesn’t seep in.”
Roses says that acetone paint is not toxic for cats, but you should be cautious with it.
She also recommends that if you use acetone for a paint job, it be a one-time application.
“The first time you apply acetone it can really stain and ruin the coat,” she notes.
“And then when you’re done, you’ll need a second coat.”