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My best friend has gone away on holiday and left me in charge of feeding her cat, when I went earlier I noticed a weird looking bug walking across the carpet next to the cat, it looked pretty yucky so… Read More
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
My best friend has gone away on holiday and left me in charge of feeding her cat, when I went earlier I noticed a weird looking bug walking across the carpet next to the cat, it looked pretty yucky so I just got some toilet paper and picked it up and flushed it down the toilet. On returning home I looked up what it could be and it was a tick, looked like it had a dried up sweetcorn kernel on it's back - urgh!

Anyway she isn't back til Saturday and I don't know whether I need to do something or whether it is fine to just leave it for her to deal with when she returns. I don't really want to ring her unless absolutely necessary cos this is a well needed break.

I remember her mentioning a few months ago she used that Frontline stuff but she said it was carp cos the cat still had fleas/ticks

Boy am I glad I don't have a cat, love em but urgh I don't love the things that eat em

Advice from my fellow HUKDers would be much appreciated :)
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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1 Like #1
Ticks are gross but when they are that big they have had a good feed and won't harm you.
Ticks aren't like fleas, they aren't all over, normally caught randomly (ie one to five max ish from experience) from damp places like streams and random bushes.
Just ignore it, it's not going to hurt the cat now and won't infest your house either so fear not.
1 Like #2
I don't know about cats but our dog gets plenty of ticks throughout the year, we just remove them if possible and bin them. Depending on the conditions there can be quite a few around and they can't really be avoided.

Frontline works well for the dog although he does get a lot of ticks if he's out in the heather.

John
1 Like #3
Yuk! The problem with Frontline is that you need to keep using it once evry tow months on cats (I think) for it to be effective. If the infestation is bad then she should take it to the vets for advice (but she'll have to pay !)
You are a good friend to be doing this for her, especially that you realize that she need the break!:thumbsup:
[mod] 1 Like #4
If you are careful you can pull them out yourself but be careful not to leave the head in.

If you don't feel comfortable doing it then get the vet to do it. I wouldn't leave it another week as although it's rarely dangerous it's uncomfortable for the cat.
1 Like #5
just dont try to pick it off you can snap its feeder thingy lol and it can become infected urrghhhh!!
#6
If that's the only one then give the cat back, let the owner know and expect a nice bottle of wine as thanks.
At least the cat doesn't have worms and fleas is all I can say - then you'd have to do something about it yourself.
Ticks are random, if there are any more and the cat is dosile you could try removing them - it will hurt the cat a bit though. If the cat is like mine and wouldn't let you, just wait till the owner comes back and let them know so they can deal with it - frontline is the easiest and best solution in my opinion. Ticks aren't that dangerous to cats and dogs. Very unpleasant, unhygenic and gross, yes, but in this yucky damp weather unavoidable unfortunately.
1 Like #7
Ticks aren't really too bad, especially if it wasn't even attached to the cat. You could check the cat for other ticks because I expect it's pretty horrible to have something sucking your blood. If you find any and feel comfortable doing it, you can remove them yourself using tweezers. Make sure you get as close to the cat's skin as you can with the tweezers and get a good grip on it so all the tick comes off.

Ticks aren't like fleas, cats can pick them up anywhere, especially in long grass and in damp places. Most of the time they won't be infested with them, but may have a few. Best to check to see if it has any others I think.
#8
angelfairee
Ticks aren't really too bad, especially if it wasn't even attached to the cat. You could check the cat for other ticks because I expect it's pretty horrible to have something sucking your blood. If you find any and feel comfortable doing it, you can remove them yourself using tweezers. Make sure you get as close to the cat's skin as you can with the tweezers and get a good grip on it so all the tick comes off.

Ticks aren't like fleas, cats can pick them up anywhere, especially in long grass and in damp places. Most of the time they won't be infested with them, but may have a few. Best to check to see if it has any others I think.


he is a really long haired cat who isn't keen on having his fur messed around with, if there was a chance he could get poorly from the ticks then I would try but he isn't the friendliest of cats. Something happens every time I look after him, last time he killed most of the baby rabbit population and left it on the doorstep and the time before that he puked on virtually every stair on the first day she went away. Swear he does it on purpose :?
[mod]#9
LaoTzu;2718841
Swear he does it on purpose :?


That's what cats do............spiteful little beggars. :lol:

Still love 'em though :-D
#10
LaoTzu
he is a really long haired cat who isn't keen on having his fur messed around with, if there was a chance he could get poorly from the ticks then I would try but he isn't the friendliest of cats. Something happens every time I look after him, last time he killed most of the baby rabbit population and left it on the doorstep and the time before that he puked on virtually every stair on the first day she went away. Swear he does it on purpose :?


They won't kill the cat (most important fact) they won't really harm the cat (also important) they sometimes cause discomfort but normally the cat is hardly bothered by them at all.
1 Like #11
If you're gonna try and get ticks out, use a good pair of tweezers, grip the tick as close to the cats skin as possibe, then twist anti-clockwise - never fails for me! Drop the tick straight into a tiny amount of vodka to kill it, then flush away.....
1 Like #12
littletiger;2719050
If you're gonna try and get ticks out, use a good pair of tweezers, grip the tick as close to the cats skin as possibe, then twist anti-clockwise - never fails for me! Drop the tick straight into a tiny amount of vodka to kill it, then flush away.....


what a waste of vodka :?

bleach works just as well :thumbsup:
[mod]#13
choc1969;2719116
what a waste of vodka :?

bleach works just as well :thumbsup:



Why waste either.........i like popping them. :-D
#14
I assume you're joking but you should be very careful with any of the liquids from the ticks.

John
[mod]#15
Johnmcl7;2719162
I assume you're joking but you should be very careful with any of the liquids from the ticks.

John


I am........i did it once and it went everywhere.
#16
Syzable
I am........i did it once and it went everywhere.


blurgh, just about to eat my dinner, not sure I want it now :?
1 Like #17
omg i stumbled across this thread and omg! ticks, pulling out with tweezers, snapping heads, !! Omg what on earth are ticks! I think im going to google them> tell you what this has put me off having a cat!
#18
omg now i feel sick!!
Those things seriously get on cats, ewww
#19
i saw a pic when i was googling of a cat with a hole in him!! from a tick! first time ive seen them! omg please dnt tell me rabbits can get them cos if they can then they can ticking off!
#20
Ticks can spread Lyme disease. Can, although rare, cause blindness and paralysis. Just thought I would add that into the mix!!

http://i340.photobucket.com/albums/o346/hellfire1976/_44117789_tickfullcr203.jpg

Lovely little blighters eh?
#21
ohh nice! just to add to the pleasures!
#22
hellfire
Ticks can spread Lyme disease. Can, although rare, cause blindness and paralysis. Just thought I would add that into the mix!!

...

Lovely little blighters eh?


Oh my days :shock:

Just looking at the picture is making me itch!
#23
pcnutta;2719402
i saw a pic when i was googling of a cat with a hole in him!! from a tick! first time ive seen them! omg please dnt tell me rabbits can get them cos if they can then they can ticking off!


Any animals can get them, when out walking in the countryside I never wear shorts because you can end up with them on your legs.

John
#24
Johnmcl7
Any animals can get them, when out walking in the countryside I never wear shorts because you can end up with them on your legs.

John


When I was staying on Lewis the other year I had walked through the sheep and then later found one crawling across my stomach. Very strange little things when they are flat. I think they are related to spiders somehow?


Yup just found this if anyone interested

http://www.tickpreventionweek.org/ticks/
#25
They are related to spiders as both are Arachnids, when you see them before they are bloated they do look similar to spiders.

John
#26
They are nasty little things especially given their parasitic nature, they just sit on plants until something brushes against them then they just sink their teeth in and stay there. Even the cold water of the sea doesn't put them off either. Thankfully they don't seem to bother the dog most of the time although he has managed to get them inside his ear.

John
#27
Thanks for all your help everyone, think I will leave him to it unless he shows signs that they are bothering him, I don't want to end up being mauled to death!! Will rep as many as I can 2day and the rest 2moz
#28
I think you're better leaving it, I know some people are pretty good at just flicking them off without issue if you do get it wrong and the tick breaks up you can actually make it a lot worse for the cat as the mouth piece will remain and usually lead to infection. Unless it's near a sensitive area such as their mouth, nose or ears the cat probably won't notice it, there will be a small lump but I doubt it will change much by next Saturday. With the dog we take them off if they're on his body but if they're near anywhere sensitive we're more inclined to leave them as by the time we've spotted them they're often not that far from dropping off. Plus he tends to squirm which leads to a risk of poking him in the eye with tweezers.

John

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