How to Get Rid of Ticks on Cats

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Improper removal of a tick can lead to an infection.
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Despite your best efforts, there may be times when your cat gets ticks. To get rid of them, use fine-tipped tweezers. Place the tweezers close to the skin and firmly grasp the tick's head. Without twisting, pull it straight out. Do not crush or squeeze the tick's body, which will flood the cat's bloodstream with harmful bacteria. Getting rid of the tick by dropping it in the toilet doesn't work -- air sacs allow a tick to survive being dumped into water. Instead, place it in a jar of insecticide or rubbing alcohol. Because ticks can carry so many diseases, protect yourself from contact by wearing gloves and thoroughly wash your hands after you're finished.

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