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How to get rid of ticks on cat

Updated November 21, 2016

Most every pet owner has, at some point, had to deal with getting rid of ticks. Ticks are parasites known to spread disease and feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. If you discover a tick or ticks on your cat, immediate action should be taken to remove and prevent further painful bites and possible transmission of disease. Thankfully, ticks are easily eliminated from your cat's life and yours as well.

Put on protective gloves to prevent transmission of disease from the tick to you.

Using tweezers, grab the tick as close to its head as possible.

Apply steady yet gentle pressure and gently pull the tick out of the cat's skin. Some bits of skin may pull off, as well. This is uncomfortable for the cat, but not unusual.

Should some of the tick's head remain in the cat's skin, gently grab it again with the tweezers and remove as much of it as possible. The cat's skin will shed the remaining parts out eventually.

Discard the tick. Apply a tick control medication (topical spot treatment, flea and tick collar, etc.) to prevent future occurrences of ticks on your cat.

Tip

Commercial tick removal devices can be purchased and used in place of tweezers. There are plenty of good tick prevention medications on the market, but check with your veterinarian to make sure that the one you choose is a good and safe option for your cat.

Warning

Do not try to remove the tick using a lit or recently extinguished match, or by smothering the tick with fingernail polish. Both of these methods may harm your cat and may not be effective.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Tick control medication
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