Common Parasites: Ticks And Cats

Ticks are generally not a common cat parasite but if allowed outside cats may pick up ticks on the ears, neck, and paws. They are usually discovered while grooming the cat because when they are engorged with the cat’s blood they can be up to 0.5 in (1 cm) long. One should never attempt to remove the tick without first applying a dab of surgical spirit. After a few seconds it can then be detached with tweezers or a special tick-remover, make sure to take care that the entire insect is removed. Some anti-flea preparations also kill ticks once they have bitten, but by that time the cat may have already scratched off the tick, and the jaws of the tick may have been left embedded in the skin, which could set up an infection.

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