The tick attached to Marissa-Cat's neck right below her mouth. Her nose is at the top.
I felt this tick on the neck of one my cats this morning. My wife and I made several attempts throughout the day to remove it without success. It was deeply embedded and the 4-legged victim, Marissa-Cat, who doesn't hesitate to bite the hand that feeds her if the same hand is attempting a painful or annoying operation on her, wasn't exactly cooperative.
Finally, I succeeded late in the afternoon when she was dozing off on the sofa. Sleepy cats are always easier to handle for about 3 seconds.
The marks on the tick's abdomen were left by the tweezers. The ruler is in millimeters.
The subsequent examination of the 8-legged victim, who got ruptured* during the removal process, revealed that it had left its mouth parts behind probably still in Marissa-Cat's skin. We will be keeping an eye on her neck.
*I was expecting the tick's contents to be redder. Their metabolism must process hemoglobin quickly.