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What makes cat fur accumulate static electricity?
I have two cats, one of them, when having his belly scratched or whatnot, generates sparks of electricity. However the other has no such phenomenon. Why the difference?

Here's a pic from a while ago - the "beige" one is the sparker...
asked in cats, static



jacquesdor answers:

Static electricity in cat fur - and in human hair - normally indicates that the air is too dry. Try a humidifier and that should ease the problem. It is actually a problem as the amusing sparks can be quite painful to the cat.
Another good idea is to use a comb rather than a brush when you groom them. The only reason I can imagine that only one of your cats sparks is that is is something to do with the natural oil secretions. The sparky cat is drier than the other.


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