Quick Guide to Cat Worming Products


Cat worming products   Safety

Cat worming products:

Advocate/Advantage Multi (Imidacloprid and Moxidectin) – Spot on (monthly)

Treats:

Fleas (adult), roundworms, hookworms,  lungworm and ear mites. Heartworm preventative. Does not treat tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnant etc:

9 weeks old. Safe use on pregnant and lactating females has not been established.

Aristopet (Praziquantel and Pyrantel embolate) – Tablets

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnant etc:

6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.

Beaphar (piperazine citrate) – Syrup

Treats:

Roundworms.

Minimum age/pregnant etc:

2 weeks old. Can be used on lactating females.

Drontal (Febantel; Pyrantel Embonate) – Tablets

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnancy etc:

2 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.

Excelpet (Praziquantel and Pyrantel Embolate)Tablets

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnancy etc:

6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.

Heartgard (Ivermectin and Pyrantel) – Chews

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm, heartworm preventative.

Minimum age/pregnancy etc:

6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.

Milbemax (Milbemycin Oxime and Praziquantel) Tablets

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm. Heartworm preventative.

Minimum age/pregnancy etc:

6 weeks and over 500g. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.

Panacur (Fenbendazole)Tablets and paste

Treats:

Tapeworm (Taenia taeniaeformis species), roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, lungworm and giardia. Does not treat Dipylidium caninum tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnancy etc:

2 weeks. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.

Popantel (Praziquantel) – Tablets

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnancy etc:

Can use on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 6 weeks.

Profender (Praziquantel and Emodepside) – Spot on (monthly)

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm and lungworm.

Minimum age/pregnancy etc:

8 weeks and over 500g. Can use on pregnant and lactating cats.

Purina Total Care (Pyrantel embolate and Niclosamide) – Paste and tablets

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnancy etc:

6 weeks old. Can use on pregnant and lactating cats.

Revolution (Selamectin) – Spot on (monthly)

Treats:

Fleas (adult, larvae and eggs), intestinal worms (except tapeworm), lungworm and ear mites. Heartworm preventative. Does not treat tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnancy etc:

6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.

Safety:

Please speak to your veterinarian about when to de-worm young kittens and which product is best. Kittens should be wormed from two weeks of age, however not all worming products are suitable for use on kittens so young.

Heartworm medications do not kill adult heartworms, they are used as a preventative medication to kill larval heartworms only. Consult veterinary advice before beginning heartworm medications or if you have missed more than one dose.

All medications have the potential to cause side effects. Most are mild and self limiting such as nausea and loss of appetite. If you notice your cat is unwell after being de-wormed, please seek the advice of your veterinarian.

Not all anti-parasitic medications treat all parasites (the most common being fleas and worms), so it is important to make sure all common parasites are covered which usually means the use of two products. Speak to your veterinarian to make sure the products you are using are safe to use in conjunction.

Never use anti-parasitic products for dogs on your cat. Most contain active ingredients which are toxic.

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