PDA

View Full Version : Benjamin the Cat is covered in tics.... ....EW....


radiationroom
April 17th, 2011, 06:19 PM
Get to my parents house and Benjamin the Black Cat came running out of the bushes to say hello to me when I got out of the car. Like a typical house cat he wanted his head scratched and I noticed he had a tic. Then another tic. And another. And another. And I counted fourteen of the fucking buggers on him. :icon_eek:

Turns out that my Pop was the one who applied the Frontline on the cats and after his stroke in January the cats stopped getting their Frontline treatment. So now poor Benjamin is covered in tics. And he has a full set of claws and knows how to use them! So I applied a dose of Frontline on him and let him out to run. And I PRAY that when Bennie comes back inside the tics will have dropped off of him otherwise Mom and I will have some serious fun (NOT) trying to pull those little bloodsucking fuckers Evil! off of him without him clawing the living beegeeziz out of us!

Wish me luck, please.....

Knastratt
April 17th, 2011, 07:16 PM
There are are efficient mechanical tic removers out there. Jackie (Swedish-Danish yard dog) got 8 in an hour last summer. Yecch!

Spock
April 17th, 2011, 11:27 PM
No fun, one reason why Benny and Björn are inside cats.

T.Bay
April 18th, 2011, 12:37 AM
Either get a vet to remove them or put vaseline on them, they should die & fall off, don't pull them off yourself unless they are dead, they may regurgitate & infect the cat. :Thumbsup:

radiationroom
April 18th, 2011, 01:42 AM
put vaseline on them

Thanks for the tip. I'm going to try that! :Thumbsup: :Thumbsup:

Saving the cost of the vet visit is like a case & a half of beer! :beer: :beer:

T.Bay
April 18th, 2011, 02:59 AM
the bad news is, they could engorge on blood & regurgitate then fall off anyway, before they die of the vaseline asphyxiation...

CloseToTheEdge
April 18th, 2011, 03:49 AM
Thank you for not posting a picture!

What Spock said. Live long indoors and prosper. Cats who are kept indoors have a life expectancy of about 12 years on average and those who are let outside, less than 5 years.

Please consider keeping your cats indoors and letting them enjoy a long life free from the many hazards of an outdoor life.

http://www.cat-world.com.au/indoor-vs-outdoor-cats

otek
April 18th, 2011, 04:11 AM
Not sure about the indoor thing in spite of the statistics (they are from an Australian webpage after all, a country where just about every living organism is lethal... :D ). I do believe that ideally, a cat should have plenty of outdoor time to do all those things a cat enjoys. :) Most of the cats I grew up around lived for at least 10 or 12 years, and our family cat lived to be about 14.

Although she did have a tendency to drag all sorts of kill indoors to show appreciation and affection. I remember having to carry out dead rabbits (and various and sundry body parts) every once in a while. :headpalm:

The tick problem is not as big where I'm at, but it is certainly to be taken seriously. My dad contracted Lyme Disease a couple of years ago, and it was discovered only by pure coincidence - he thought all the signs of deteriorating health to be age related (my dad's 82). Fortunately, a specialist spotted the symptoms during a non-related hospital visit. He was given the proper medication and treatment, and today has no lingering effects of any kind.


otek

G cubed
April 18th, 2011, 11:16 AM
Either get a vet to remove them or put vaseline on them, they should die & fall off, don't pull them off yourself unless they are dead, they may regurgitate & infect the cat. :Thumbsup:

Nail polish remover containing acetone works too. A little dab from a soaked cotton ball on the tick, and within minutes the sucker will let loose his grip and is easy to remove.

radiationroom
April 18th, 2011, 02:12 PM
Thank you for not posting a picture!

What Spock said. Live long indoors and prosper. Cats who are kept indoors have a life expectancy of about 12 years on average and those who are let outside, less than 5 years.

Please consider keeping your cats indoors and letting them enjoy a long life free from the many hazards of an outdoor life.


Please explain that to my parents. You are preaching to the choir. At my place my wife and I keep her cat inside for all the obvious reasons. At my parents my father insists on letting the cats come and go as they please. I've lost two of my cats because of him letting them run as they please. :Sad: :Mad:

qharley
April 18th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Not sure about the indoor thing in spite of the statistics (they are from an Australian webpage after all, a country where just about every living organism is lethal... :D ). I do believe that ideally, a cat should have plenty of outdoor time to do all those things a cat enjoys. :) Most of the cats I grew up around lived for at least 10 or 12 years, and our family cat lived to be about 14.

Well, if you think about it, all of Sweden is indoors if you compare it with Africa... even so, most of the oldest cats I knew as a kid had lots of outdoor time.

Nutmeg
April 18th, 2011, 09:22 PM
My outdoor cat reached 22 years.
Can't remember seeing a tic on her ever.

otek
April 18th, 2011, 09:59 PM
Well, if you think about it, all of Sweden is indoors if you compare it with Africa...

Not in the wintertime, my son. :Twisted:


otek

qharley
April 18th, 2011, 10:18 PM
Not in the wintertime, my son. :Twisted:


otek

Doesn't freeze-dried goods last longer?