There are all incorrigible cat lovers in my family. And, like all self-respecting cat-lovers, we have a cat, a red hairball named Semyon. He is extremely well-mannered, obedient, but at the same time very freedom-loving. As befits a decent cat, Semyon goes out into the street with the first spring rays of the sun. Then, of course, he returns, but not alone, but with his new friends – ticks.
Such friendship is just right for ticks, but Semyon is clearly not delighted with this. Therefore, I had to learn how to get rid of them. So to speak, you love to stroke a cat, love to pull out ticks. Love is unlikely to work, but learning how to do it right is simply necessary.
Ticks are the most unpleasant parasites that feast on blood. They have 8 paws, an oval body, a small head, which, when bitten, is completely immersed in the victim’s skin. At the same time, it swells, filling with blood. Both animals and people suffer from them. Tick activity peaks in late May and early September, but you can catch them as soon as it gets warmer. They carry a number of diseases, so you need to get rid of them quickly and competently.
It’s not just street cats that are at risk. Domestic cats can be attacked by a tick, which, for example, entered the house with its owner. So vigilance won’t hurt anyway. Of course, it is better to take your pet to the veterinarian, but this opportunity is not always available. And in this case, as with Semyon and I, you simply cannot run into the clinic. So it’s worth knowing how to remove a tick at home.
You need to remove the tick as soon as possible. Symptoms of a tick bite in a cat appear on the 3rd – 10th day. They are as follows: itching at the site of the bite, inflammation, swelling. The cat may lose appetite and be lethargic. If you notice that something is wrong with your pet, you need to carefully examine it for the presence of a bloodsucker. Most often, ticks choose places with delicate skin: neck, stomach, ears, groin. Just feel the whole body of the animal by running your fingers into the fur.
So, you found a tick, now you need to act. To carry out the procedure as painlessly as possible for a pet, you need to do everything carefully and correctly. Before you start, calm the animal, stroke it, you should not act aggressively and scare the poor fellow, he already got it. You can pull out the parasite with three devices: a teak twister, a lasso pen and ordinary tweezers (but this is a last resort).
Let’s start with the simplest. The teak twister is a special tick extractor available at any veterinary pharmacy. This is a very useful thing and will come in handy on the farm, so we recommend getting one. With this device, everything is very simple (it looks like a small nail puller): bring the tick-twister under the tick’s head over the animal’s skin, and then pull it upward with rotational movements.
The next device is a lasso pen, which anyone can make at home. All you need is a pen and thread. You just need to disassemble the handle, remove the core, fold the thread in two and stretch it into the handle so that you get a loop. The device is ready. The loop is thrown over the sucked tick, and the free ends of the thread are carefully pulled to fix the tick. After rotating, pull the parasite out of the animal’s skin.
And the last option is tweezers. But when using it, there is a very high risk of crushing the parasite, and not completely removing it. In case of emergency, it is also useful. With tweezers, you need to tightly clamp the parasite, but so as not to damage, and then carefully remove it with rotational movements.
Remember one important thing: you can’t just pull a tick out of an animal’s skin (and it’s the same story with humans). This can lead to the fact that the tick will burst into two parts or its head will remain in the skin, continue to poison the blood, and then also cause suppuration. So, whatever you pull out the parasite, only rotational movements and only upward.
And one more thing – no vegetable oil. It is not necessary to pour it over the bite site, it is ineffective and time-consuming. After removing the parasite, treat the skin of the animal with an antiseptic, and then watch whether the inflammation passes and whether there is suppuration. It should be okay in a few days.