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How to Get Rid of Ticks on Cats

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If your cat has ticks, he probably caught that clingy little arachnid outdoors.
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Ticks thrive in wooded areas, tall grass and shrubs, and near water. They are especially thick during spring and fall. They drop onto animals that brush by vegetation. Resembling tiny bumps, ticks stay aboard their chosen animal by burrowing their heads into the skin. Rural and outdoor cats are most at risk for ticks, but indoor cats can get also them if someone comes into the home with ticks on her clothing. Once attached to your cat, a tick will gorge on your pet's blood, expanding its body size over several days. After the tick is full, it disengages and falls to the ground.

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