How to remove a tick from a cat

Ticks are insects that feed on the blood of other animals. They can be found both in the natural environment and at home, so if you have a pet it may have had or have ticks. It is important to remove them because they can transmit diseases to your pet.

In this article we will explain how to remove a tick from a cat step by step, so that you can do the treatment yourself. You will see that it is very simple and you will only need some tweezers and a lot of patience. In these cases, is when you notice the good feeling you have with your cat! But don’t worry, if you can’t do it yourself, your vet will be able to remove the ticks from your cat in no time.

Detect ticks

Ticks live all year round, although the months of maximum proliferation are from March to October. Therefore, one of the things you must do without fail, both to prevent them and to treat them, is to brush your cat every day.

A good brushing will rid your cat of excess dead fur, and if there are external parasites in his coat, it will allow you to see or feel them when you brush him. This is one of the best ways to tell if your cat has ticks.

Another thing you should know is that by massaging your cat in the area behind the ears, head and neck, you can also easily detect them, since they tend to be in these places. When they are small, they are hardly noticeable, but after a few days they get fat and take the shape of a small brown pea.

Eliminate ticks’ step by step

Removing these parasites from your furry is very simple, you need some skill and above all, determination. But you will see that following these steps it will be easy to remove a tick from a cat:

Apply vinegar on each insect

Mix apple cider vinegar and water and wet a cheesecloth. Apply the vinegar on the tick that you have seen on your cat’s hair or skin to get it off. Repeat the operation for each tick you find. You can help yourself with the brush to see better between the fur.

Pull out ticks with tweezers

This step is very important to get right. Ticks stick to the skin and suck blood, so the part closest to the cat’s body will be the head. When you detect a tick and you have applied vinegar to it, pluck it out by pressing with the tweezers on its head, as close as possible to the insect’s mouth and close to the cat’s skin, and pulling hard towards you without moving the tweezers so that it does not break.

It is important that each time you remove one of these parasites you check that there are no remains. If you leave pieces or tear off the body without removing the head (it can happen if you do not catch the tick from the area that touches the skin, but from the middle out) it is easy for it to become infected and that could cause serious problems for your cat.

Go pouring them into a glass jar with a lid so that when you finish you can dispose of them correctly.

Disinfect wounds

When you pluck a tick, there is a wound, a bite mark. You should treat them all with iodine or alcohol so that they do not become infected. Check again that there are no pieces of the insect on the skin and moisten a gauze in iodine or alcohol. It may itch a bit so you can massage the area to soothe it and, thus, it will be a good time to pamper your cat.

Eliminate ticks

When you have finished removing all of them, you will have to exterminate the ticks so that they do not appear again in your house. One of the effective and safe methods is to use a pesticide or insecticide specifically indicated for ticks. You can also safely burn or crush them outside your home. In addition, you will have to search your home and wash the bedding and other surfaces that your dog has been on when he had the parasites.

Natural remedies against ticks

In addition to the traditional method that we just taught you, there are other ways to remove ticks from a cat. Natural alternatives that will make you flee without having to make so much effort:


Prepare an infusion of chamomile and apply it on the affected areas of your cat with gauze or a piece of cotton. The smell will bother them to the point of making them migrate to the other side.


We have already mentioned it before, but sometimes applying vinegar (diluted in water so that it does not bother our feline companion so much) is enough for the ticks to flee on their own.

Tea tree oil

The properties of tea tree essential oil are many, among them is its insecticidal power. Mix it with a little dish soap for a greater effect that kills the ticks and bugs that inhabit your cat’s fur. Although, if it is not an extreme case, tea tree oil will be enough to repel insects.

Garlic and yeast

Feed your cat, mixed with its usual feed, minced garlic and yeast. The dose of garlic should be minimal since if we overdo it can make our hairy feel bad. Your skin will give off an odor that will repel insects, but not humans. Do not worry, for us it is imperceptible.

How to prevent the appearance of ticks in a cat

There are many products on the market that will help you prevent the appearance of ticks on a cat. It is best that you go to the vet and ask about the options that best suit your specific case. Also, of course, brushing it every day will make it harder for any insects to settle on your cat’s body.

To give you a general idea, there are antiparasitic shampoos and single-use pipettes, to collars that last for several months with an insecticidal effect specific for use in cats. Making a small investment in protecting your pet from parasite infestation will save you a lot of trouble.

If you have found it useful to know how to remove a tick from a cat, you may also be interested in knowing how to apply the pipette for cats.

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