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How To Remove A Tick From Your Cat

Ticks are easy to remove and dispose of, you just need to know how.

So you have found a tick on your cat and you want to do the right thing by removing the parasite so your cat can be tick free. Ticks look a bit like a mole or skin tag and often attach to a cat’s head or ears. They wait in grass and bushes until they detect a warm blooded animal like your cat.

A beautiful tabby kitten scratching its fur
A beautiful tabby kitten scratching its fur

Ticks can spread diseases and give you or your pets an infection, so it is best to remove and kill them promptly. Luckily, removing a tick is easy and you shouldn’t need to visit the vet. Below is a step by step guide on how to remove a tick from your cat:

  1. Using a cotton bud, dab the body of the tick with bleach or a high percentage alcohol (such as vodka). Be very careful and sparing here as you don’t want to get any of the solution on your cat’s skin. This should loosen the ticks grip on your cat’s skin and allow for safe removal.

  2. Using tweezers, grip the tick as close to the cat’s skin as possible. The head and mouthparts of the tick will usually be embedded under the skin and you don’t want these to break off when you pull.

  3. Gently pull the tick out being careful not to leave the mouthparts in your cat’s skin.

  4. Squash the tick in a tissue and throw it in the bin.

  5. Monitor your cat’s skin for a few days to ensure there is no infection.

A close up of a tick feeding on a cat
A close up of a tick feeding on a cat

Important Tip

If you think you have left any part of the tick inside your cat, or if you think there may be an infection following removal, then take your cat to the vet immediately - she may need a course of antibiotics.

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