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How to Remove a Tick From a Cat Safely and Easily

By Edited Sep 18, 2016 0 0

Follow these instructions and simple steps to learn how to remove a tick from a cat quickly and safely: 

What You Will Need:

  • Sterile gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cotton pads or sterile gauze
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped swabs
  • Put on a pair of the sterile gloves and follow these steps:
  1. Sterilize the tweezers or a tick-removal device with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Use the tweezers to grasp the tick as close to its head as possible.
  3. Do not squeeze but rather pull firmly and slowly to remove the head and body. If the head is left attached, consult your vet for advice. However, if you exert firm, gentle pressure, the entire tick usually pulls off easily.
  4. Take care not to exert any pressure on the tick's body because this could cause it to regurgitate its' stomach contents and eject more toxins into the cat's blood stream.
  5. Cleanse the area around the wound with a cotton pad or sterile gauze soaked in hydrogen peroxide, and then use the cotton-tipped swabs to apply a dab of antibiotic ointment to the bite. Use the smallest amount possible because your cat may lick the ointment, and it could cause stomach distress or other complications.
  6. Examine the area daily to make sure it is healing properly and there are no signs of infection. If the area looks red, inflamed or infected, take your cat to the vet immediately.

Do not touch the wound or any object that may be contaminated by the tick, as you could contract atick-borne disease. Dispose of all the trash properly, and wash your hands thoroughly when you are finished removing the tick.

To remove your sterile gloves safely and to reduce the risk of any cross-contamination, insert a clean, gloved finger inside the wrist of the glove and pull it off while turning it inside out. Remove the other glove in a like manner and dispose of them.

Some tick removal methods are not recommended, since they may be unsafe or cause your cat undue stress. These include holding an extinguished or lit match to the tick’s body to cause them to detach. This could be painful for your cat, or you could burn him. Painting the tick's body with nail polish is also ineffective because it suffocates the parasite but does not cause it to fall off.

Credit: Andre Karwath aka AKA, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

Safe Tick Disposal

If you are wondering, "Can I throw a tick in the trash?", the answer is "No, not if you want to be sure you have killed it." Throwing the tick away or flushing it down the toilet will not kill it. To kill the tick, drop it into a jar of alcohol or insecticide. Let it stand in the liquid for approximately thirty minutes to one hour to make sure it is dead, and then dispose of it. Do not crush the tick’s body, since it carries deadly diseases that may be transmitted.

Now that you know how to remove a tick from a cat, check your pet regularly, and take preventive steps to repel ticks. This is the best way to ensure his health and prevent any tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease.

Home Tick Removal: Cats and Dogs

Removing Ticks From Cats: Tips

Are you aware of how dangerous ticks are to pets like your dogs and cats or even to humans? Ticks carry deadly diseases such as Tularemia, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

The risk of transmitted diseases like these is why it is so important to learn how to remove a tick from a cat—or any animal— safely.  If your cat has access to the outdoors, he or she may run the risk of getting a tick occasionally, especially if you live near a forest.

However, if you have other pets like dogs, your cat could be bitten by a tick even he or she never goes outdoors as the other animals may carry the ticks inside. While it is rare for a cat to be bitten by a tick, it can happen, and if you are prepared, you can handle the situation quickly.

Make it a habit to examine your pet's skin frequently. A tick burrows its head into the skin, which means that the only visible part is its body, which grows larger as it feeds on your pet's blood. The best way to protect your pet is by removing the tick as soon as it is discovered. You can spot ticks and other pests easily on short-haired breeds like Siamese cats or Abyssians, but you may need to gently push aside the fur on a  long-haired breed and make a careful examination of the skin to find any ticks.

Speaking of ticks, it is probably not a bad idea to examine yourself and others in the family during tick season to make sure that a tick has not hitch-hiked a ride from your family pet to your body. You can remove ticks from humans in the same manner as described here and dispose of them.




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