If any of you have pets, and live in an area where they tar or oil the roads, you may have had the joy of your pet coming home with tar all over its paws. Our cat did this regularly, and we worried about her licking it off. The cat was an outdoor cat, and had all her claws. Let me just say that dipping a cat's paw in turpentine is something you do ONCE, and only once. 'Nuf said. The vet gave us this handy tip: Rub Crisco into the tar, and it softens it up enough to get it off. White paws end up sort of brownish and greasy, but it gets the majority of it off.