Hi again, and thanks for your very helpful reply.
Good! I'm glad it's not bothering her!
There is a gadget called the tick key, which can remove the entire tick, harmlessly. I don't know if it's only available online or you might find it in one of your pet supply stores:
Try to wipe away the vinegar and baking soda mixture from her fur (don't touch the head of the tick), and pour a drop of rubbing alcohol on the tick, then try again, very gently, to remove with very thin tipped tweezers. Just lift straight up. If it still won't come out, you'll have to bring her to the vet or an ER vet center (because it's the weekend) to have them remove it, asap.
As you know, ticks can carry diseases and humans are at risk, too, so try to wear gloves and not touch the tick head. If the tick is dead and/or died when the body was extracted, there is less of a chance that it can spread dangerous pathogens to cause disease, but the area where it is on your cat might appear swollen and irritated. if you get it out yourself, just apply some disinfectant like hydrogen peroxide and some plain Neosporin ointment--not the one with the 'pain relief' component. If it's removed by the vet, they will disinfect it.
If Athena spends time outside, she should be protected by a topical monthly flea and tick treatment, sold by your vet.
If you get it out yourself, put it in a small ziploc bag, tape closed and put it in your trash, outside. Don't handle it with bare hands, don't flush it, and don't put it into the trash without being sealed, as described above.
I hope you or your vet can remove the tick head and all will be well with Athena! Please keep me posted on how she's doing. Thanks!
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