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Q: Is it ok to carefuly pull ticks off of your cat with tweesers? Or shuld they be brought to the vet?

April 7, 2008 | By Emily R. | 5 answers | Expired: 2321 days ago

Is it ok to carefuly pull ticks off of your cat with tweesers? Or shuld they be brought to the vet?

Ive pulled them off at the head my self and put neosporin on the sore. they dont seem to mind.

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Servalgirl
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Apr 08, 2008

Tweezers aren't the best to remove a tick. The best thing to do is use latex gloves and get your fingers as close to the head of the ticka and pull very slowly. If you pull too fast or don't get your fingers as close as you can to the animal's skin you may leave the head in the animal. There are also devices at pet stores specifically designed to remove ticks.

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Quani C.
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Apr 12, 2008

I discovered that if you soak a cotton ball in alcohol and put it on the tick, the tick will let go, allowing you to pull it off safely. That way, you don't leave the head behind and the risks of infection decrease. Of course, you can also dab the area with said cotton ball after the tick is off, too... to be extra sure.

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tera j.
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Apr 10, 2008

I have used tweezers before, the important thing is to make sure you don't leave the head in. If the head stays in, then I would go to the vet.

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