“Hey!” says kitty. “Come here so I can poison you!”
Ugh. Our new barn kitty, Little Edie, has given both Tom and me poison ivy.
Yes indeed. Outdoor pets are quite able to pick up the urushiol oil from poison ivy, and carry it around on their fur. And Edie is such a sweet cat: unlike our two indoor (lazy, totally standoffish) cats, Edie is a complete attention slut, jumping on you when she sees you and rubbing her little self, and all that poison ivy oil, all over you.
We have learned our lesson, my shirtless husband especially.