Cat ticks are more frequent than we might want to admit. They represent a health issue when they bite a cat or a person. This is why it is important that you check your cat from time to time in order to get rid of cat ticks as soon as possible.
What are cat ticks?
Cat ticks are arachnids that crawl and cling to your cat’s skin and suck their blood. They are egg-shaped and vary in size from 1 mm to 1 cm. Adult ticks look like spiders.
These arachnids are common in grasslands, woodlands, and other heat areas with wildlife living in it. Your cat is very likely to get them in a place where there is a lot of deer or sheep, or in areas where there are rabbits or hedgehogs. These crawling creepers do not fly or jump, they simply lure in the grass waiting to rub off a passing cat.
They are active during the entire year, but you are most likely to find cat ticks between spring and autumn.
How to detect cat ticks
Ticks are big enough to be detected with the bare hand. Slide your hand through your cat’s hair and check for any bump or lump. A cat tick will feel like a bump on your cat’s body. You will most commonly find them on your cat’s head, neck, ears, and feet.
How to get rid of cat ticks safely
Cat ticks carry diseases which is why it is important to get rid of them as soon as you spot them. If you are going to remove them manually is to twist them. This will force the tick to detach from your cat’s body. If you squeeze it too hard, you can risk popping it, increasing the risk of infection. Pulling it will cause the head to get stuck inside your cat.
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