As the dangerous parasitic creatures, the tick is able to lodge into the cat’s fur and even into the cat’s skin. Not only a gross, that ticks also carry several dangerous diseases that can affect you and your cats such as tularemia, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever.
It is important to find the solution to get rid of any ticks you find on your cat’s skin immediately and effectively so you can reduce the dangerous impact on your cat. If you are able to remove the tick in 48 hours when you see it on the pet, there is a good chance that the cat will not get sick. Here, you should not apply for any flammable liquids as well as ointments to remove the tick. It does not work and it only makes your cat is getting worse. Here is the proven method on how to get rid of ticks safely.
The Safe Way To Remove Ticks
Ticks are very common that it is important to keep the essential supplies on your hands like sharp-nosed tweezers, a small jar of the rubbing alcohol and the disinfectant spray or creme as well as the surgical gloves. If you want to reduce the chance of hurting your cat, it is good to have a partner so he can hold your cat while you are giving the treatment. Once you have the supplies and a partner to help you, follow the steps below:
- You will need a comb to part your cat’s hair. Use the comb to expose the tick as much as you can. Use the tweezers to grasp the tick at the head and it should be in the right spot where the ticks enter your cat’s skin. You should not grab the ticks by the body. Doing this will only break the ticks in half and if you leave the head embedded in your cat’s skin, it is still able to inject your cats with the toxins.
- Pull the tweezers firmly outward but do not twist or jerk. Doing a smooth upward will make sure that the tick will come out whole so it does not break apart.
- Use the jar of alcohol to place the tick you can remove them from your cat’s body to kill it.
- Swab the cat’s skin around the bite wound by using a disinfectant.
- Spray the area with the hydrocortisone spray to reduce any irritation and itching
- Wash your hands by using soap and water.
In case the Lyme disease and other ailments are quite prevalent in the area, you should not throw the tick away. Do not even flush the tick down a drain. It is better to take the tick in the secured container and bring it to your vet. Your vet is able to test the tick to make sure what kind of diseases it brings.
In addition, tick-spread illness is still possible to get the treatment especially if you can catch it early. Therefore, if you bring it to get your vet to test, you can start the treatment and then help your pet before it is sick.
Even though this is a very few cases for cats, still, it is a serious matter. Cats are possible to get Lyme disease just like humans and cats. Nevertheless, if you can treat the disease immediately and early, it is possible to have a hope of fully recover. There should be no Lyme disease vaccine for cats, up to now.
The next point is about flea and tick-borne illness in cats can be the feline infectious anemia. There are varieties of anemia that will lead to weakness and lethargy in your cats. Doing some treatments like antibiotics for several weeks can be an effective solution.
Commonly, the tick-borne ailment that gives impact to cats is tularemia. At this point, there is no vaccine available to deal with this case, especially in felines. They may get a high fever; lose their appetite as the symptoms. In addition, Tularemia needs immediate treatment like antibiotics.
Cytauxzoonosis is another example that it is a serious tick-borne illness that can affect your cats with some symptoms like fever, anemia, difficulty breathing, and jaundice. This condition is very serious that can be fatal for your cats. The infection is the real problem that if you provide antibiotics or intravenous fluids since the very first beginning, the cat is still possible to die from cytauxzoonosis. This is the fatal illness and there is still no vaccine available to prevent it.
Tick Removal And All Facts
Probably, you have heard many times to soak the tick on your cats by using kerosene, alcohol, and Vaseline with the hope that the tick will appear and get out. Nevertheless, this is not going to work. The tick is a burrow, deeper into the cat, and it can cause to deposit more toxins in your cat’s tissues.
Ticks are also dangerous that you should take action immediately to remove it safely to save your cat’s life. Removing the tick first and treat the affected area, after that you still need to monitor your cat’s appetite, behavior, and skin for the few weeks.
It is also important to note that if your cat is lethargic, stop eating, losing his appetite, and developing rashes or welts near his tick bite, it means that your cat is getting a serious disease from the tick. At this point, he needs medical attention right away. What you should do is to monitor his condition and behavior and then you should bring him to the vet on the same day you spotted it. This is good to minimize any illness and any impact.
Remember that everything is on your hand. Once you spotted the presence of tick, you should directly contact your vet and meet him especially if you have no idea what to do. Doing this way is important that you should not act and walk everything under your assumption since you cannot predict what is going to happen next to your cats.