Cats with a tick

@jugsjugs (13038)
March 31, 2010 3:00pm CST
Well late last night i was feeding all the cats again i noticed that my little girl cat had a tick on her right near her ear.So just like all the other times in the past when i had to remove ticks i decided it would be a good idea to show my mums boyfriend what they looked like after getting it off the cat.This ugly shaped bobble that i had pulled off the cat was slowly showing its legs and then all the rest of it,my mums boyfriend was totally shocked when he saw it change from a bobble to a thing with legs and a body.Very easy to remove a tick no matter how ugly they are.
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@magtibaygom (4863)
• Philippines
1 Apr 10
This reminds me of the thriller horror movie "Ticks". Have you watched that movie? It's about ticks mutated by toxic wastes dumped in a junk garage... The cells of the ticks got mutated and grew abnormally to the size of humans and went on multiplying wildly attacking people here there and everywhere!
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@mjcookie (2273)
• Philippines
1 Apr 10
LOL! My initial reaction after reading your post was That's funny, gross, and ridiculous at the same time. I have never heard about that film yet.
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
31 Mar 10
I don't use anything on my dogs, but I've never found fleas or ticks on them either. When I do, it'll probably gross me out so bad, I'll use flea and tick collars for ever. How do you remove a tick?
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@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
31 Mar 10
Are the flea and tick collars effective. I heard that they are only good for 3 months.
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
31 Mar 10
I really don't know because I don't use anything right now. I just haven't had a problem with ticks or fleas, so I don't go through the expense of collars. Sorry.
@jugsjugs (13038)
31 Mar 10
I remove the ticks by getting as close to the cats skin as possible where the tick has attatched itself then at the same time as you nip ,you also twist and pull the tick,that way it is over in a second for the cat.The way i kill the tick is heavy stone outside on it,then wrap in a bit of kitchen roll and put in the bin.A friend of mine thought someone had put chewing gum on her cat and it was a tick on the cat.
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@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Apr 10
hi jugsjugs just do not use the match thingy as thats cruel to a pet, my dad used to do that, and I was always afraid he would burn the cat or the dog. I used to use tweezers and pull gently but straight up. I am always so afraid of rocky mountain spotted fever, as people really get ill with it. Where I grew up we often went up to the black hills on the weekends to fish and often found ticks on our bodies, so got used to removing them. Never got sick but have known others to have contracted spotted fever and know its a bad disease. we used tick powder on our dog. i can well imagine your mums boy friend was shocked. the things look different once they come off the pet or off yourself.I hate that feeling and was very careful to wear protective clothing to mimimize the chances of getting a tick stuck on me.
@mjcookie (2273)
• Philippines
1 Apr 10
Hi Hatley. We use match for ticks but NOT when they are still attached on the dog's skin. We burn them right after pulling them off. It's just so fun seeing and hearing them pop.
@jugsjugs (13038)
9 Apr 10
I have 5 cats and they do not all get ticks, so i think that they are all going in different places as that is why there only the two cats that get them.I tend to ensure that they get pulled out with a small bit of tissue against them as that way they have less chance of getting attatched to me.
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@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
1 Apr 10
That's a good thing you were able to get the tick off your cat quickly. I've heard ticks aren't so easy to get off, but maybe that's just when they're on people. They say that ticks latch on and can bury their head in the skin or fur or whatever. it's hard to get them off when they bury their head because you have to pull the head off with them or else their head stays underneath the skin, which can probably infect the host. Don't they suck blood also? Whatever they do, they are creepy! Good thing you saved your cat from that discomfort. I'm sure that was no fun. You definitely rescued your cat!
@JJ4Ever (4696)
• United States
1 Apr 10
Vaseline is a great idea, and I'm so glad you know a lot about them in case my dog ever gets them. We really don't have too bad of bug problems here in Michigan, but it's good to know this information just in case because you never can tell when something might happen! Thanks again for the useful information.
@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
31 Mar 10
I have just removed ticks from my dogs. The problem was when I brought them back to my other house and let them stay in the unoccupied house for few days while I was in my mom's place. When I came back for them to be brought back to where I am staying presently I was shocked to find that they were infested with ticks which have fattened from sucking their blood. I quickly bath them with strong anti-ticks solution which I got from the vet. The ticks disappeared quickly and the dogs are no longer scratching.
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@jugsjugs (13038)
31 Mar 10
I always tend to remove a tick if i see one and then i will detick the dog or the cats all at the same time as that way there are less chances of it reoccuring in a hurry.There are lots of products that you can get that are on the market which are supposed to be good,but they have not prevented the tick from getting attatched to my cat this time.
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@savypat (20245)
• United States
31 Mar 10
i use flea and tick meds on my cats and dogs, I hate to but we have so many deer and the cats go after mice and voles which carry fleas so I can't risk getting these vermin in the house. I didn't catch the fleas one Summer and it was the Summer from Hell until we finally got rid of them.
@jugsjugs (13038)
31 Mar 10
I had used flea and tick thing that you put a drop on the neck and that is supposed to work and stop the problem.Perhaps the fleas and ticks are becoming amune to the chemicals that we are using to prevent the fleas and ticks from going on our pets.I have just got some more frontline from the vets and that is also on all the cats now aswell as the vet said it was ok to use with using the same stuff again.
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@celticeagle (123895)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Apr 10
My grandmother used to use coal oil to bring them out. I was always getting them running through the sagebrush. Not smart enough to cover my body with clothing. So when I got home she would have me disrobe and she would check me out. She would check me and my clothes. It was such fun!
@climber7565 (2579)
• United States
31 Mar 10
Did you have the cat vaccinated? Its likely that cats my have lime disease and if it bites or scratches someone, may spread it and infect someone.
@jugsjugs (13038)
9 Apr 10
I never realised that the vet has never told me that,thanks for telling me.
• United States
9 Apr 10
Well you are welcome. Before you confront the Vet. Look up on modes on lime disease transmission (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/LYME/ld_transmission.htm) and on lime disease ( http://www.medicinenet.com/lyme_disease/article.htm ). Its best to be prepared.
@drannhh (15235)
• United States
31 Mar 10
I used to take ticks off my dog. It is important to get them off before they dig in.
@jugsjugs (13038)
31 Mar 10
I hate ticks they are soo ugly,i live in a town and we still get ticks here as there are places that have long grass aswell as there are other animals that also carry ticks.
• United States
31 Mar 10
Ticks can carry very deadly viruses; it's great that you were able to take them off. How did you get it off? You said it was easy to get off. I know they really can drain quite alot of blood.
@jugsjugs (13038)
31 Mar 10
What you do is you nip the base of the tick then at the same time twist and pull fast,make sure you wrap the tick up in something as they do come to life again and you do not want it back on your pet.I tend to kill the tick with a heavy stone and you will be shocked to see how much blood there is in the tick depending on if it has just eaten.
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@doormouse (4619)
31 Mar 10
my cats used to get ticks all tha time from the country fields,they're quite easy to remove but you have to make sure the legs don't break off inside the cat,otherwise it may get infected,that happened to my cat twice
@jugsjugs (13038)
31 Mar 10
I have never had a problem with removing a tick,as far as i know there have been no more problems with the place ithas got removed from.I find that even living in a town there are still gardens that have long grass where ticks love to get aswell as there are other animals that carry the ticks aswell.Even frontline did not prevent this tick.
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• Philippines
17 Oct 10
Hi there you can also use Frontline for Cats. This will keep this pest under control and away from your cat. Ticks are hard to control, one female can lay up to a thousand eggs.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
1 May 10
I am so glad I no longer live where dogs or cats get ticks but my neice was taking one off her puppy and made a hole as big as a bb shot. so they do have to come out no matter what.
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
I have a adopted stray cats that have ticks. I did not see it though when I picked her. As I clean her I saw the tick and I removed it immediately. From time to time during those times I removed it until it was totally gone. The tick suck her blood that is why she was so thin. When I removed the tick she became fatter and she is always hungry. I believe she is now healthy because her hair no longer have tick.
@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
9 Apr 10
Yes, they are ugly and nasty little creatures. I have found 2 this year, they where just crawling and I got rid of them. I hope I do not find any more.
@hexeduser22 (6703)
• Philippines
4 Apr 10
I hate fleas, tick and lice specially in pets. I don't have a cat but I have dogs and every summer they manage to get on my dogs so we use a drop of a certain chemical(prescribed by the local veterinary) along with their shampoo and soap. I call it the flea terminator but when you use more than a drop it could kill affect your pets pregnancy
@ticuso (127)
• Mexico
4 Apr 10
how do you remove them? is it the same on dogs as well as cats, I mean to remove them? my sister in-law has a puppy that someone told me had ticks but I've never seen one and I have three stray cats one of them I can touch and handle but I've never seen a tick period!!
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
3 Apr 10
Ticks are very dangerous to pets I’ve heard. My cats live indoors only so they are safe but I usually worry about my dog that is outside most of the time. We don’t have too many in our state but that is not to say that we should stop being vigilant! I always check mu dog to make sure she doesn’t have them. It’s good that you know how to remove them correctly because if you don’t, it can create more problems than what you started with!
• India
3 Apr 10
Hello I have neither cat nor dog as pet, just a green parrot for my youngest daughter in law. But i am happy to see this post, it gave me information about tick, thanks for the information Happy posting Prof
@cream97 (29163)
• United States
2 Apr 10
Hi, jugsjugs. Our old family dog had ticks really bad. He had them so bad that we could see them deep down in his fur. It was sad and it disgusted me too. The ticks were just eating away at his flesh. And there were flies that were flying around him too. I think that someone much stronger in our family removed them. I did not want to touch them at all. I know that we got something to reduce the ticks but I don't know what we used. I hope that you can get rid of the ticks that your cat has.