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How do I get a tic off of the cat's head??

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swiperfox Fri 06-May-05 17:09:34

She's come in today with a tic (i think) on the front of her head just in front of her ear. It's not filled up (ie a big disgusting white lump) it's a little brown/black disgusting thing with legs. I tried to get it off with a flea comb but it's stuck in. I know you are meant to put something on it to make it pull it's head out but i cant remember what......any ideas?

assumedname Fri 06-May-05 17:11:03

I think it's a cigarette.

WigWamBam Fri 06-May-05 17:11:40

Smother it with Vaseline, it will suffocate and then you can pull it off.

lima Fri 06-May-05 17:13:13

how to remove a tick

canbelieveitsacceptable Fri 06-May-05 17:13:20

a cigarette on a cats head???

WigWamBam Fri 06-May-05 17:13:47

The other thing that you can try is a drop of clear nail varnish, that's supposed to make them let go, and you can pick them out with tweezers.

swiperfox Fri 06-May-05 17:14:13

assumedname!!!!! pmsl dont tempt me!!!

misdee Fri 06-May-05 17:14:29

thought u could pour a bit of vodka on them.

sparklymieow Fri 06-May-05 17:18:51

volka, on a tissue, and it will let go...

assumedname Fri 06-May-05 17:22:51

Just looked at a website re ticks and it says to use fine-tipped tweezers. Grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it out without rotation. If there's anything left it the skin after, try and get it out.

If you use Vaseline, cigarette end, burning match, nail varnish, this will cause tick to inject more infectious material into whatever it's got hold of.

WigWamBam Fri 06-May-05 17:24:09

The vaseline and nail polish tips come from a cat care book, so I assumed that they would be OK to use.

swiperfox Fri 06-May-05 17:27:11

I will have to try all these.... poor cat's gonna get it tonight!! I might have to wait for dp to do it in the morning - they make me feel sick!!!

Dingle Fri 06-May-05 17:28:40

I've never done it but smothering it with vasaline is suppossed to work. Don't waste the vodka!

assumedname Fri 06-May-05 17:28:46

I looked at this

WigWamBam Fri 06-May-05 17:28:55

Could you ring the vet and ask for advice?

assumedname Fri 06-May-05 17:29:12

And my first ever link does not work!

sunchowder Fri 06-May-05 17:29:29

JanH just posted up a website that has some directions.

WigWamBam Sun 08-May-05 19:38:31

Did you get her sorted, swiperfox?

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