Home Remedies for Cats With Ticks | HowStuffWorks
A proactive approach to flea and tick prevention starts with a discussion about various factors that play a role in your pet's potential exposure to fleas and ticks. For example, if your cats are indoor/outdoor is a factor, as well as whether they are exposed to other animals that go outside (including pets of friends or family that may come over for a visit).
Bathing your cat with a shampoo that contains medicated ingredients will generally kill ticks on contact. This can be an inexpensive (though labor-intensive) method of protecting your cat during the peak tick season. You will also need to repeat the process more often, about every two weeks, as the effective ingredients won’t last as long as a spot-on or oral medication. Depending on how your cat responds to baths, this may or may not be a practical solution.
Although a vaccine is available to protect dogs against Lyme disease, no such has been developed for cats. However, a cat can be protected to an extent during warm weather by using a cat-safe insect repellent before it goes outdoors. Consult your veterinarian for safe products to use since cats are extremely sensitive to many insecticides, including some all-natural products and products that are marketed for dogs. The cat’s coat should be brushed and thoroughly examined for ticks when it comes back inside. If a tick is spotted, it should be removed, using forceps or tweezers that reach beneath the parasite’s body and grab it close to where the tick is attached to the skin. Studies have shown that infected deer ticks begin transmitting Lyme disease after the tick has been attached for 36-48 hours, so the possibility of Lyme disease transmission can be greatly reduced by examining cats daily and removing ticks within the first 48 hours. Ticks can transmit diseases to humans, so anyone removing a tick should wear gloves, avoid touching the tick with bare hands, and wash their hands after disposing of the tick in a jar of alcohol. Sometimes, despite doing everything right, some of a tick’s mouthparts can stay stuck in your cat’s skin. If the area does not appear inflamed or red, the best thing to do is to disinfect the area and carefully monitor it. A warm compress may help the tiny pieces come out, but trying to dig at them with tweezers will only aggravate the area more.Y'know who else likes to spend time in the backyard? Those little bloodsucking, parasitic arachnids: Ticks. If you enjoy any of the activities listed above, you may have come in contact with these little suckers. They are a huge pain to deal with once they attach themselves to you or your cat.You can buy commercially available tick repellent products to use on your pets. They include sprays, powders, spot treatments and tick collars. You will need to bathe the cat well with an anti-tick shampoo prior to using these products. Bathing will kill the ticks and larvae present on the cat’s body. Thereafter, you can use tick collars, oral medicines or spot treatment drops to repel ticks from biting your pet. You will need to treat all your pets in this manner in order to prevent re-infestation. Never use tick products made for dogs on your cat as some of them could cause serious toxicity to the felines.Once you have vacuumed and you know that the area isn't damp, you can begin dusting with DE. If you have questions about how to apply DE to combat ticks, try one of these methods: , , or . Each application approach has certain strengths in each situation.Pull the ticks out and place them in a plastic bag and seal it shut. If you think a tick has given your cat a disease, keep one to take to the vet for identification. The best method is direct removal with tweezers, be sure to look over your cat for ticks as often as they visit a wooded area or somewhere with tall-grasses.