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Outdoor and outdoor-indoor cats happen to be incredibly tick-prone, picking up ticks on their romps outside. Due to the shortage of proper tick-treatment products for cats, you may have to try out home remedies to remove ticks from your cat’s body. Before we share tips on how you can use home remedies to remove cat ticks, we will share some basic information on ticks.
Ticks are arachnids that undergo four life cycles. They are disease-carrying and feed on the block from their animal hosts. They feed on a diseased animal and then act as a carrier for this disease, spreading it to its next hose. The best tick prevention method is to keep your cat indoors as much as possible and away from areas where ticks can attach itself to your cat. However, this may not be the easiest to practice. So, what do you do when your cat gets a tick infestation? Here’s how you deal –
Make your own homemade tick repellent
You can use various products lying around your home to craft your very own homemade tick repellent. How? Here’s how –
- Use eucalyptus oil – Eucalyptus oil can kill ticks effectively. Mix 20 drops of eucalyptus oil with 4oz of pure water. Shake before use and spray on your cat.
- Try out neem oil – Neem oil is an effective remedy for killing ticks. You can use it in its concentrated form or dilute it with water before applying it onto the infested/infected skin area. Use it diluted if you are applying it on your cat’s body.
- Use cedar oil spray – cedar oil spray is safe for use on both pets and humans. It is non-toxic and acts as a natural tick and insect-repellant. Cedar oil spray works not only to repel ticks but also kills them.
- Apply apple cider vinegar – You can use apple cider vinegar for removing and killing ticks on your cat. Mix it with some water and neem oil and apply it onto your cat, its bed and in general, in your house. The ticks will be gone in no time.
- Light aromatherapy essential oils – Ticks detest the smell of lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, and so on. You can use any of these to drive ticks away from your home.
Effective tick control in cats Controlling the spread of ticks on cats can be difficult due to the lack of FDA-approved products, which recommend that they are safe-to-use on cats. Dog tick infestations are more easily treated. However, shared above are certain suggestions which you can try out to reduce the tick infestation in your house and on your cat’s body. Ticks can be extremely dangerous if left untreated for long. They can cause life-threatening diseases to your cat.