Thursday, 20 August 2015

How to remove a tick from your cat

Ticks are most commonly found on moorland and in long grass, or woodland and they can carry Lyme disease – although more prevalent in the USA – which can affect humans and animals.

If left untreated, ticks can cause infection, sore patches and abscesses. If your cat comes home with a tick (the first sign is a small dot attached to your cat’s skin but as it feeds it gets larger and can be mistaken for a wart or lump) it’s important to remove it as soon as possible.

Here are some top tips to deal with pesky ticks:

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You can take your cat to the vet to have the tick removed, or if your vet has shown you how, you can use a tick hook to remove it yourself. Ensure the mouthparts are not left behind as they can lead to infection or an abscess.

Dispose of the tick by folding it in a strip of sticky tape and putting it in an outside bin and then thoroughly wash your hands.

Do not burn, apply alcohol or petroleum jelly to the attached tick or crush the tick as it can spread disease.

For more information on ticks and other parasites read our leaflet Fleas and other parasites.

Consult your vet for further advice, or if you notice any change in your cat’s health or behaviour.

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