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    How to Remove a Tick From a Cat

    Articlecat health and wellbeingThursday 07 April 2011
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    Cat ticks are parasitic insects that feed off your cat’s blood and carry disease. When a tick lands on a cat it will stay on feeding for a few days before dropping off. However, it is best not to let this happen as they may lay eggs. Removing ticks from cats as soon as you can will reduce the risk of your cat getting a disease, and being a nest for the eggs. For advice on cat tick removal, see the following.

    Prepare
    When removing ticks from cats, bring your cat to a well-lit part of your house. Before you can begin cat tick removal, make sure the cat is comfortable and there is plenty of light for you to see.

    Sterilise a pair of tweezers in some rubbing alcohol and put on some disposable latex gloves.

    Expose
    Locate the tick and part the fur around it so that it is fully exposed. If the cat has particularly long hair, you could wet the surrounding hair down to keep it out of the way.

    Pull
    The next stage of cat tick removal is to grasp the tick with the tweezers at its head. Pull the tick straight out. Try and make sure you have taken out as much of the head as you can. It is alright if some of it is left behind, as it will fall out over time.

    Now put the tick into a container of alcohol until it is dead. Leave it in there for about 10 minutes. Get rid of the gloves and tick and then wash your hands.

    Check and Treat
    When removing ticks from cats, be sure that you have checked the whole body thoroughly, in case there are more cat ticks feeding amongst the fur. Once cat tick removal is completed, you should administer a cat tick treatment. By using a cat tick treatment product you eliminate the chances of another cat ticks infestation.

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