November 5th 06, 01:50 AM
From what I've read the vaseline technique is not recommended.
Assemble supplies on your kitchen counter: sharp-nosed tweezers, a small jar
of alcohol, disinfectant, hydrocortisone spray.
Have a helper hold the cat steady for you.
Using the tweezers, grab the tick at the head part right where it enters the
cat's body. Do NOT grab the tick by its body.
Pull steadily and firmly outward, without twisting or jerking.
Place the tick in the jar of alcohol to kill it.
Swab the cat's skin around the bite wound with a disinfectant.
Spray the area with the hydrocortisone spray to help alleviate irritation
Wash your hands well with soap and water.
The old wives tales of using vaseline, alcohol or kerosene to make the tick
'back out' do NOT work. Such actions may even cause the tick to deposit more
toxin into the cat's tissues.
Subsequent irritation or swelling are caused by the tick's toxic saliva, not
by the head remaining in the wound. Continue the Hydrocortisone spray to
help relieve the irritation.
Monitor the cat's general condition for a couple of weeks. If he displays
any untoward symptoms other than a welt and/or redness around the wound,
that don't go away in a few days, call your veterinarian.
"MoMo via CatKB.com" <[email protected]
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> Like it has been said, just smear some vaseline on the kitten and let it
> there for a bit. The tick tends to pull out itself in its search for air.
> If not, just grab tweezers or even your fingers if it is big enough and
> it a gentle pull. Good luck.
> Wendy wrote:
>>We trapped a few kittens yesterday in a feral colony. I was checking them
>>over today and noticed that one has an engorged tick on the back of it's
>>neck. If I apply frontline will that kill an already attached tick safely
>>do I need to remove the tick?
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