Sometimes cats will come home with ticks. I have learned a nifty little trick that will get rid of ticks quickly and easily.
If there are lots of little seed ticks (they look kind of like large fleas and usually there will be lots of them all together.) just take the Q-tip with Vicks and rub across them. They will come right off onto the Q-tip easily.
This same tip will work just as well for any pet. I have even used it on ducks with success.
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