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From: Silvia ( -108.25.177.38)
Subject: OT: cat with ticks
Date: November 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm PST

Hi Joanne, I hope you don't mind me posting this on your board, but I know some people who come here have cats (I don't know if you do) and I just need to talk to someone about this.
I recently moved to a new home approx. 3 months ago, it is on one acre of land that is mostly wooded (not too dense, easily to walk through). One day when I was out in the back yard after a rainstorm, a cat came meowing towards me. He was wet from the rain, but was so friendly and his meows were telling me he wanted some affection. I pet him and he couldn't get enough. I felt bad I didn't have any food to give him so the next time I went to the store, I bought some cat food just in case. I did see him again and he was so affectionate, I could hardly believe it. I thought that he must belong to someone, but in the rainstorms and the cold weather this past month, he is by my house - if he had a home I am sure he would be there for shelter, especially in those conditions. I believe that he could have been abandoned. I have spoken to a cat rescue person in the past and she told me that is not uncommon; sometimes people don't want or can't care for a cat any longer and drop it off in another area. Anyway, I hold him in my arms and share affection usually once a day and I have come to realize he has ticks. I purchased some Hartz drops that you put on the back of the neck and applied it Nov. 1, but I am still feeling that there are a few "things" (little bumps) on his skin by his ears, under his chin around his neck... Everything I read says to remove them, but I am alone and I don't think I can get him to sit still enough for me to remove them, plus his fur is so very thick, it's even hard for me to get to the skin - it's like he has two layers of fur; a long layer and then a short layer underneath, that is why it's even hard for me to know if these small bumps are ticks because it's hard to spread the fur sufficient enough to see. Plus I read that if I get in contact with the blood from the tick when I remove it, I am at a higher risk of being infected. I don't think I am at too much risk right now.
I knew he had ticks when he had one tick that was so engorged that it looked like a mole - at first I thought he had a skin disease, because I always thought ticks were pinhead size. After more research, when I saw the picture of the engorged tick, I knew that's what it was. I read that Hartz tick products are not that good AFTER I already gave him a treatment. I was planning on getting Frontline but they were out of it so I got Hartz, but then returned the remaining after finding out that it was not good. I am planning on getting Frontline and trying that after the 30 days with Hartz. I can't keep the cat inside because I am allergic and with him being outside all the time with the woods, I don't think there is any way I can prevent ticks on him. I do wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt when I am holding him and when I am done they go in the wash and I immediately wash my hands and arms with antibacterial soap. I can't really talk to anyone about this because I know they would say to stop feeding him and stay away from him and I can't do that because I have fallen in love with him. I am PRAYING that God will protect ChiChi (the name I gave him) from ticks! I think that sounds crazy but I am going to buy Frontline and pray and hope it works! I don't know what else to do.
Silvia



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