Bombay's owner, Melvin, called me with a very unexpected question.
Melvin: How do you get wax out of fur?
Me: Oh my god... What happened?
Melvin: Er... nothing serious. Just that I was moving an aromatherapy candle. It still had hot wax on it and...
Me: And what?
Melvin: I tripped and spilt the wax on the floor. I didn't realise I had gotten some on Bombay. Later when I touched him, I was shocked to feel him so waxy on the bottom half.
Me: Is Bombay okay? Is he hurt?
Melvin: He really is alright. Not scalded at all.
Me: How much wax is on him?
Melvin: Erm... not that much...
Melvin: I read that you can use baby oil to try and work the wax out of the fur. If that doesn't work, I'll send Bombay to the groomer. And that poor guy will just have to have a bald patch.
Me: Oh dear... poor Bombay...
Melvin: It's all his own fault! He tripped me!
Me: You can try using ice, you know.
Melvin: What? Ice?! Er...
Me: Yeah, the cold from the ice will harden the wax further and it should be easier to get the wax out.
Melvin: I think I'll give the oil a go first.
Later in the night when I checked with Melvin on Bombay's waxy status, he said that by the time he had reached home from the grocery store with the baby oil, most of the wax from his fur was gone.
Melvin thinks Bombay must have licked them all off himself. I asked Melvin to monitor him closely for any signs of discomfort, and I am most pleased to say that Bombay is in excellent shape... both inside and out.