Despite their size, ticks are a huge problem for both the cat and its master.
When their parasitic presence is left unchallenged, ticks pose a serious health risk to our feline companions.
Ticks are also stubborn pests. Spotting them is a challenging task and safely removing the parasites one by one is an even harder obstacle.
Squishing a tick near the cat’s skin dramatically increases the risk of infection. Furthermore, the longer you wait the more your pet and even your entire family becomes vulnerable to tick-borne diseases. In this guide, you will learn:
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Why is it Important to Remove Cat Ticks?
Just like mosquitoes, ticks are known to be notorious in transmitting a variety of serious diseases to pet cats that can result in fever, lack of appetite, lethargy, and even death. Tick bites can also irritate your pet’s skin.
In worst-case scenarios, a huge number of these unchallenged pests happily feasting on your pet cat can cause anemia.
Cat ticks also pose a threat to human health since pet owners are fond of petting their feline companions every now and then.
Cat lovers are even very comfortable living with their pets that they let their feline friends hang around in their bedrooms. And this gives the ticks the perfect opportunity to wander off and hunt for human blood.
The video below shows the right way to check for ticks on a cat.
When is the Best Time to Check Your Cat for Ticks?
The secret to protecting your cat from ticks is maintaining a keen eye on the early signs of tick infestation. These signs include excessive scratching and licking.
If you have a cat that loves spending some time outdoors in wooded areas, you should also initiate a thorough body check every time your pet takes a quick stroll into known tick habitats. Cats are most likely to contract ticks from places like parks, bushes, tall grass, and forest.
How Your Cat Gets Ticks
If you have a cat that loves spending some time outdoors in wooded areas, you should initiate a thorough body check every time your pet takes a quick stroll into known tick habitats. Cats are most likely to contract ticks from places like parks, bushes, tall grass, and forest.
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How Should You Hunt for Ticks?
Compared to fleas, ticks are so much easier to spot on your pet cat.
Apart from the fact that they are significantly larger than fleas, these tiny suckers don’t move away from their chosen feeding spots. In fact, these arachnids bury their heads deep into their host’s skin and drink their fill until their bodies become enlarged and swollen.
Before conducting a full body search on your pet cat, you must first secure all the tools that you need that will provide sufficient protection for both you and your cat.
Basically, you’ll only need your hands to comb through the fur of your pet in searching for ticks. For protection against possible infection, latex gloves are required since you’ll be using your fingers like the teeth of a comb.
These eight-legged creatures can easily find a feeding spot on almost any part of the cat’s body. When searching for ticks, you should start from the head down to the tail and around the anus.
You should carefully comb through one section after the other and leave no fur unturned or unbrushed. In most cases, ticks are often found inside the ears, between toes, and in your cat’s armpits.
What is the Safe and Proper Way to Remove Ticks?
Even before you conduct a full body search on your cat, you must first be prepared in handling ticks the moment you spot them.
Since feeding ticks have their heads dug deep into the cat’s skin, it can be quite a challenge to remove the parasite without tearing its body into half or squishing it.
The most commonly used tool in removing ticks are the tweezers. This surgical tool has been long used and proven effective in the battle against such stubborn parasites.
You should also prepare a jar filled with rubbing alcohol. This is where you’ll be securing all the ticks that you’ll remove from your cat since squishing the parasite is strongly discouraged and the alcohol is more than enough to kill it.
In removing ticks: