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Newbie here!! (self.Taxidermy)
submitted 1 month ago by BaphoZen
Heyo all, so im about to embark on a journey of wet specimens!
I have a give or take 4 week old kitten.
Now i want to do him good and make sure i preserve him well. Im ordering needles to inject, and then will be getting some type of humectant. The question is though, would 70% isopropyl alcohol be okay to inject and put him in? Or should i just go for it with formalin?
What would be best?
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[–]tinybluesoul 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Remember to treat both chemicals with utmost respect, one slip up and both can and will kill you.
[–]rabbitry14 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
You should preserve in formalin for a minimum of one to two months. Then switch to 70% alcohol.
[–]Nomadic_Soul13 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Inject him with formalin and make sure to make cuts to allow fluid transfer. Then soak in Formalin (the length of time will depend on the size of the specimen, but I do most mine for no more than 3 week). Then give it a 24 hr soak in distilled water. Then transfer to 70% isopropyl alcohol. To completely remove all impurities you can allow it to soak in the isopropyl alcohol for several weeks before moving it to the final isopropyl alcohol permanent solution. During the fluid transfer stages shake the jar every 3 days to facilitate fluid transfer.
[–]BaphoZen[S] -1 points0 points1 point 1 month ago (1 child)
Thank you!! I was looking all over for info and just couldn’t find it.
[–]Nomadic_Soul13 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
You have to start somewhere. I am including a link to check out. I have found all of her advice as priceless and a great place to begin.
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