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Ticks on cat - how to get rid of them?

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dinny Tue 04-Aug-09 11:27:44

I think one of our cats has ticks - three little bloody-looking lumps on her spine...

can you get them out at home or job for vet? thanks

diedandgonetodevon Tue 04-Aug-09 11:31:28

Don't just pull them off- the mouth parts will be left behind.

You can get a tick remover thing but personally I think I'd get the vet to do it.

You can remove them but burning them off with a lighter [scary fact learnt in the jungle when I found a tick on my leg arrrgghhh] but probably not a good trick to try on the cat grin

madusa Tue 04-Aug-09 17:45:22

you can buy these from your vets or online. They are very easy to use and not very expensive to buy.

Deanna1977 Tue 04-Aug-09 18:08:06

I used Frontline when my cat had ticks. It got rid of them all. HTH

sarah293 Tue 04-Aug-09 18:09:45

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MitchyInge Tue 04-Aug-09 18:19:01

frontline or stronghold I think

Bella21 Wed 05-Aug-09 09:11:11

frontline, tick tweezers or vaseline (smothering the tick in vaseline suffocates it as it breahtes through its body).

Longtalljosie Thu 06-Aug-09 13:25:12

Well, we removed one, were rubbish at it, a bit got left behind, the cat developed an abcess and had to have surgery to remove it. So if it ever happens again, I'm down to the vets to let them do it...

CMOTdibbler Thu 06-Aug-09 13:26:53

Vets, and buy Stronghold whilst there to stop ticks being acquired again. It's much better than Frontline imo

ilovepiccolina Fri 07-Aug-09 22:11:14

I would second Medusa's suggestion. You can buy it (little plastic gadget) for a couple of quid from petfood stores & it's dead simple to use. I used ours last week, and as long as you can get the cat to stay stil it's over in a couple of seconds. No need to go to the vet.

hellymelly Fri 07-Aug-09 22:15:19

Are you sure they are ticks? Ticks aren't really little bloody looking lumps- as soon as they are scoffing away they are really revolting large greyish creatures with black mothparts that are attatched to the animal.They are a bit like a squashy pine nut.They have little wiggly legs at the mouth end. Uggh they really are 'orrible.Maybe your cat just has flea bite scabs?

Biccy Fri 07-Aug-09 22:29:56

I think you can coat them in washing up liquid, they suffocate and fall off... presumably can't hurt even if it doesn't work?

beautifulgirls Sat 08-Aug-09 16:27:57

Dont put washing up liquid on the cat...it will lick itself clean and that would not be a good scenario - nevermind the potential to ingest some poison or another. Depends what is in the liquid of course, but cats are incredibly sensitive to some things so please don't risk it.

Biccy Sat 08-Aug-09 20:00:00

Oh, oops, sorry, I'm sure that's what my dad used to do... but you sound very right.

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