Steps For Using A Tick
Follow these steps if you are using a tick-removing tool suck as a Tick Tornado.
Fill a container with isopropyl alcohol.
Gently restrain your cat and distract her with a treat.
Separate the fur and make sure that it is actually a tick and not a skin tag.
Hook the tool under the tick, close to your cats skin .
Rotate the tool until the tick separates from your cats skin.
Lift the tick and put it into the isopropyl alcohol.
If available, put a triple-antibiotic ointment on the tick bite area on your cats skin.
The Safest Way To Remove Ticks From Your Pet
A botched tick-removal job can seriously damage your pets health. Be safe and do it right the first time.
Ticks look icky and carry disease, so how do they benefit the world?
If were being generous, they are food for birds and reptiles, control populations of larger mammals and host organisms such as protozoa and viruses.
Whats not in dispute is that ticks on pets are a big no-no and should be removed immediately.
Ticks transmit some pretty unpleasant diseases, such as:
- : Signs include fever, stiffness and appetite loss.
- Babesiosis: Symptoms include fever and severe anemia.
- Hepatozoonosis: Infection is caused not by the tick feeding but by the dog grooming and eating an attached tick.
- Lyme disease: This causes swollen lymph nodes, sore joints, muscle pain and ultimately kidney damage.
- Rocky mountain fever: The rickettsia bacteria is injected into the pet by the tick and causes blood vessel inflammation, leading to swelling, bleeding and fever.
OK, so were agreed a tick on our canine companions or feline friends gives us the shudders. But we cant always prevent them.
Unfortunately, there are many urban myths about the best way to remove these unwanted visitors. Try to take a tick off the wrong way, and you increase your pets chance of acquiring disease.
Preventing Ticks On Your Cat
Once you remove a from your , keep a close eye on him for the next week or so. Contact your veterinarian at the first sign of sickness, especially fever, loss of appetite, listlessness, apparent stiffness or aching in the joints. The bite location can also become infected. In rare cases, the tick bite itself can cause a progressive weakness in the back legs of the cat, a condition called tick-bite paralysis. Although this usually goes away on its own within 24 to 72 hours after the tick is removed, it can require IV fluids or additional support from your vet’s office. That’s why you should see a vet for this, rather than wait to see if it clears up.
Removing a tick from your cat is a traumatic experience for any cat owner. The best way to treat ticks, therefore, is to prevent them from attaching in the first place. Keep in mind that indoor cats almost never get ticks, unless they’re carried in by other pets, pests or people. If your cat does go outdoors on a leash, steer him away from tall grasses and bushes. Free-roaming cats should be checked regularly for ticks when they come indoors, especially during hot weather and in rural areas. Ticks are small and can be easily missed, so be particularly aware of symptoms any time your cat goes outdoors — even if you don’t see any ticks.
Ticks are nasty little creatures, but these tips should provide you with effective tools for keeping them off your cat.
Originally Published: Jun 1, 2011
How Do I Spot Ticks On My Cat
Cat ticks are large enough to be visible, especially if theyve already had a bite then they can look like small warts, and on closer inspection you can see their legs, too.
Youll usually find them around your cats head and neck area. If you want to check for ticks, part your cats fur and run your fingers along their skin. Tick bites can also cause irritation and redness, which you may be able to see.
How To Keep Ticks From Latching On To Your Cat In The First Place
As youve likely heard a few thousand times before, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and thats true for treating ticks on cats as well. Its much better to avoid letting the little bloodsuckers latch on to your cat than it is to remove them after the fact especially if you let your cat come in the house after being outside.
Signs A Tick Has Infected Your Pet
In some cases, the remaining bits of the tick may be so miniscule you dont realize you havent removed the entire tick and often these small remnants do not cause your pet any concerns After the tick has been removed keep an eye out for swelling, redness or irritation in the attachment area. If you spot any signs of infection bring your pet to see your veterinarian right away.
Although uncommon, your pet may develop signs of a more serioustick-borneinfection, such asLyme disease. You should take your dog to the veterinarian if they are displaying any of the following symptoms that could indicate Lyme disease:
- lost appetite
How To Remove A Tick From A Dog Or Cat Without Tweezers
Many of the ways to remove a tick from a dog or cat without tweezers are similar to the ways mentioned above. However, you should take note of some things when it comes to dogs or cats.
When using the dental floss trick, just tie some thread around the ticks mouth and as close to your pets skin as possible. Then start pulling up and outwards. Pull the string slowly so that the head of the tick wont get detached from its body. Pull off its head together with its entire body.
What will keep away ticks from your dog or cat? You can prevent ticks from infesting your dog or cat if you use a spray solution that you can make at home. Mix one part of water with an equal part of vinegar. This mixture wont kill ticks but will deter them from infesting your dog or cat.
Place this solution into a clean spray bottle. Now, you can spray this solution on your pet generously. Be careful that it doesnt get into the eyes of your dog or cat. This will discourage ticks from lodging onto your pets skin.
When removing a tick from your dog or cat, just like with a dog or human, you need to remove the entire head with the body. If you leave the head while removing the body, you will expose your cat to possible infection from tick diseases.
This is the danger of using tweezers because they tend to crush the tick bodies and leave blood on the skin of the pet. More often than not, the head is also left stuck on the skin of the pet. Thus, the pet is exposed to possible tick disease infection.
Why Should I Protect Against Cat Ticks
Cat ticks are very good at passing on infections from one animal to another but dogs are much more at risk that cats. They feed by biting an animal and feasting on blood. This may take several days. Once they have had enough, they drop off.
Cat ticks transmit microbes that cause diseases, such as Lyme disease and babesiosis but its unusual for cats to catch these diseases.
If you live in an area with cat ticks, its a good idea to use a tick treatment that will kill them if they attach. Spot on treatments and collars are available and its best to consult your vet about which is most suitable for your pet.
Read the instructions very carefully as some treatments are for dogs only and can be very dangerous to cats and can even kill them. If you own a cat and a dog and you need to protect your dog against ticks, ask your vet which treatment is safe for a multipet household before treating any of your pets.
- Never use a tick treatment designed for dogs on your cat. This is extremely dangerous and could kill your cat.
How Do I Remove Cat Ticks Safely
Cat ticks carry diseases, so its important to remove any that attach themselves to your cat as soon as possible. Rapid removal lessens the risk of disease.
This can be tricky, as you need to be careful not to squeeze the ticks body, or allow its head to get stuck inside your cat. Squeezing a ticks body can cause it to expel blood back into your cat, increasing the risk of infection.
Twisting them off your cat is the best removal method, and pet shops sell handy tick-removal devices to make this easier. Ask your vet for advice.
How To Remove A Tick Without Tweezers
- Post author:Dallas Wells, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., CNE, COI
If you, your dog, or your cat has a tick, you have to remove it as soon as possible because ticks can carry various diseases, including Lyme disease. A common way to remove ticks is with tweezers. But what if you dont have any tweezers? How to remove a tick without tweezers?
An effective way to remove a tick without tweezers is by using a cotton swab and liquid soap. First, pour some liquid soap on a cotton swab. Then swab the cotton around and over the tick for around 30 to 60 seconds. Lastly, get a fresh cotton swab and wipe away the soap.
You will find the tick with its head intact on the cotton swab. This method is the easiest and safest way to remove a tick without tweezers.
Removing a tick with tweezers is actually not that safe and is quite difficult to do. Often, when using tweezers, you can only pull out the ticks body with the tweezers. Its head will still be left stuck in the skin. So there are more effective methods that extract the whole tick, keeping it intact.
In this article, well look at these other methods of removing a tick without tweezers:
Read on to learn more about how you can remove a tick from your own skin, or the skin of your dog or cat, without using tweezers.
Using A Tick Removal Tool
If you are using a tick removal toollike the Tick Twisterfollow these steps:
Gently hook the body of the tick in the notch of the tool.
Rotate the tool clockwise or counterclockwise until the tick detaches from the skin .
Once the tick has detached, lift the tick away from the skin.
Examine the tick to make sure all body parts have been removed from your dogs skin.
Will A Tick Harm My Cat
Ticks on cats are definitely a problem for your cats health for several reasons:.
- Local irritation from the presence of the tick in the skin. Soreness etc
- Infection from the tick bite
- Risk of disease. Ticks can carry a range of diseases, such as Lyme disease
- Some ticks can cause temporary paralysis
Ticks are second only to the Mosquito for transmitting infectious disease to both animals and humans and so removing ticks and preventing their spread and removing ticks is vitally important.
Step 5: Kill The Tick
Kill the tick by placing it in a container with rubbing alcohol.
Once the tick is dead, most veterinarians recommend keeping it in the container with a lid in case your pet begins displaying symptoms of disease.
There are many types of ticks, and each tick carries different kinds of diseases, so keeping the tick can help your veterinarian make a proper diagnosis.
What Are The Dangers Of Ticks On My Cat
Ticks can be a very dangerous problem for cats. This is because some ticks carry disease when they feed. One of these diseases that ticks can carry is Q fever. If a cat contracts this disease it may begin to show a few of the following symptoms:
- High fever
- Occasionally seizures
Another disease that ticks carry is Ehrlichiosis. Once a cat contracts this disease a number of symptoms may begin to show themselves. These symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, swollen glands, lethargy, anorexia, swollen joints, discharge from the eyes and more.
What Is Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a serious bacterial infection that is spread by ticks. If your cat has Lyme disease they may appear lethargic and lose their appetite, become lame or have sore or stiff joints.
Lyme disease in cats in the UK is extremely uncommon.
If you think your pet has Lyme disease, contact your vet. They can perform tests and start treatment with antibiotics.
Use Tweezers Whenever Possible
While it sounds a bit scary, you want to use a pair of tweezers and pinch a tiny amount of your pets skin where the tick is embedded, says Dr. Bruce Silverman, VMD, MBA from Village West Veterinary. Give the tweezers a solid pinch to remove the entire tick, its embedded mouth-parts, and that tiny little patch of skin, Silverman says. This ensures that nothing is left behind to cause a local infection.
Make sure the tweezers are clean and rub them with alcohol if theyre not to prevent infection.
How To Kill A Tick
Once the tick has safely been removed, place it in a jar or small container that is filled with isopropyl alcohol and put the lid on the jar. The isopropyl alcohol will kill the tick.
Many veterinarians recommend keeping the tick in the container in case your dog starts to show any signs of illness. Different types of ticks can carry different diseases, so having your veterinarian identify the tick may help with a diagnosis.
How Do I Spot And Remove A Tick From My Cat
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Although ticks in dogs are more common in dogs, cats can also be affected by these ectoparasites. This is specifically prevalent in cats that do not receive adequate preventative medicine. Ticks feed on blood and can cause intense itching for our felines. In addition, ticks can also transmit serious diseases to our cats, such as; Cytauxzoonosis felis, a very severe pathology popularly known as “wild cat fever”. Therefore, it is essential to avoid these ectoparasites and keep our cats safe.
In this AnimalWised article, we will teach you how to spot and remove a tick from your cat. In addition, we will summarize some essential tips you need to help prevent the appearance of ticks on your feline.
What Exactly Are Ticks Anyway
Ticks are parasitic arachnids which is a fancy way of calling them vampire spiders. They latch on to all sorts of other animals including birds, reptiles, and amphibians and they feast on their blood, growing fat in the process.
These creatures are actually quite old, dating back to the late Cretaceous period some 120 million years ago. Theyve survived in large part because theyre incredibly simple creatures theyre basically just a mouth with legs and a digestive tract.
Thats not to say that they dont have sophisticated parts and pieces, though. Their legs have a sensory structure known as Hallers organ that allows them to detect odors, chemicals, and even infrared light emanating from a host. That means that, if youre in the vicinity of a tick, theyll know and theyll try to chomp on you. They cant fly or jump, though, so theyll have to wait for you to brush up next to them.
Some ticks latch on to the first area they come in contact with, while others look for areas with thinner skin, like ears. Once they find a suitable spot, they cut a hole in the skin and start to slurp down as much blood as they can. They even excrete a chemical that stops the blood from clotting.
Part 3 Of 3:after Removing The Tick
Getting Rid Of The Tick
Once you have the tick removed, its time to finish the job. The best way to do this is by dropping it into a container full of isopropyl alcohol. Not only will this kill the thing, but it also lets you save the body in case you need to get it tested for diseases later.
You can also put it in a Ziploc bag and seal it. The bug will eventually suffocate, and youll still have the body on hand .
If neither of those options appeal to you, you can simply flush it down the toilet. This is somewhat controversial, as many experts will recommend that you keep the body on hand for a few weeks in case your cat gets sick. However, its unlikely that your pet would contract a disease from a tick bite, and very few houseguests are impressed by tick taxidermy.
Of course, the most important thing to do after you kill the tick is to look at it and say something like, Looks like we finally found what makes you tick. Try to make sure someone hears you say it, too .
What Do Ticks On Cats Look Like
Ticks start off as being quite small, about the size of a pin head, but once they have gorged themselves on blood they swell to the size of a pea. It is only when they reach this pea size , that they are noticed and are often mistaken for a wart as they are bluish / grey in color.
There are several types of tick which can affect your cat, the most common ones are:
- The sheep tick, Ixodes ricinus, also known as the deer tick or castor bean tick, this tick can also infest humans.
- Hedgehog ticks, ixodes hexagonus.
Where Do Ticks Live
Cat ticks mainly live in damp areas such as heath land, woodland or moorland, in grasses and on plants. Although they can live in back gardens too.
Once hatched they climb up grasses and plants to await the passing of an animal which it can attach itself to for its first meal. Tick bites are nasty and are both painful and harmful. So removing ticks as soon as possible will help relieve your cats discomfort sooner rather than later.
Part 1 Of 3:gathering The Proper Tools
When To See The Vet
If the tick is plump when you pull it out, theres a chance of a tick-borne infection already transmitted, according to Silverman.
Once you remove a tick, Fleck suggests keeping the tick in a Ziplock baggie in case your dog has a reaction. Your veterinarian can then determine the type of tick and any disease it was carrying, Fleck says.
What Should I Do If My Cat Has Ticks
If you notice that your cat has many ticks, the first thing you should do is to stay calm and not panic. Nobody likes to identify these annoying parasites on their animals, but calmness is essential to know how to react with intelligence and prudence. In this case, it is best to take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible to establish a fast and effective treatment that will eliminate the tick. In addition, in a clinic, a professional may perform a physical examination and perform some tests to verify the cats health status.
However, if you identify only one or two ticks on your cats body, you can remove them carefully yourself.
How To Remove A Tick From A Cat
This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Dr. Elliott, BVMS, MRCVS is a veterinarian with over 30 years of experience in veterinary surgery and companion animal practice. She graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1987 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years.There are 7 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.wikiHow marks an article as reader-approved once it receives enough positive feedback. In this case, 92% of readers who voted found the article helpful, earning it our reader-approved status. This article has been viewed 210,089 times.
Ticks are small parasites that are not only a nuisance, but can transfer diseases to your cat that can make him very sick. If you see a tick on your cat, it is very important to know how to safely remove the tick from your cats skin; proper removal of the tick will help prevent disease in your cat as well as you. Tick removal can be a tricky process, especially if your cat is squirmy, so take your time and make sure that you do it right the first time.
How To Safely Remove Ticks From Cats And Dogs
Ticks arent your regular creepy crawlers theyre carriers of dangerous diseases that can be transmitted to you and your pets if they remain attached for too long.
Learn the dos and donts of removing these pesky parasites, as well as how to protect your cat or dog and their environment to prevent future infestation.
Checking for Ticks
When you or your pet return from being outdoors, carefully check clothing, exposed body parts and hair for these notorious hitchhikers, especially during summer months.
What NOT to do when removing ticks
Ticks attach to people and pets with great tenacity. They insert their mouthparts deep into the skin and secrete a substance that cements them to their host. When a tick is fully engorged with blood, they discharge enzymes which dissolve the glue-like solution, allowing them to detach and fall off.
There are many folklore remedies you may have heard of to remove ticks from both people and pets. It is imperative that you avoid these methods. The goal is to remove the tick quickly without provoking it or waiting for it to detach.
Do not attempt to use nail polish, petroleum jelly, alcohol or heat. These techniques are not effective and let the tick remain attached for longer than desired.
Avoid squeezing the body of the tick during removal. Administering pressure to a tick may cause it to release fluid into your pets bloodstream.
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