Quick Guide to Cat Worming Products

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Advantage Multi

Active ingredients:
Imidacloprid and Moxidectin

Administration:

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

Active ingredients:
Praziquantel and Pyrantel embolate

Administration:

Tablets-every 3 months

Treats: 

Roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnant etc:

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

 

Beaphar

Active ingredients:
Piperazine citrate

 

Administration: 

Syrup, cream, granules-every 2-3 months

Treats:

Roundworms.

Minimum age/pregnant etc:

2 weeks old. Can use on lactating females.

 

Centragard

Active ingredients: Eprinomectin and praziquantel

Administration:

Topical monthly

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm. Heartworm preventative.

Minimum age/pregnancy etc:

7 weeks old and over 800 g.  Has not been tested on pregnant or lactating queens.

Drontal

Active ingredients:
Febantel; Pyrantel embonate

Administration:

Tablets-every 3 months

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnant etc:

2 weeks old. Can use on pregnant and lactating females.

 

Excelpet

Active ingredients:
Praziquantel and pyrantel embolate

 

Administration:

Tablets-every 3 months

Treats:
Roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnant etc: 6 weeks old. Can use on pregnant and lactating females.

Heartgard

Active ingredients:

Ivermectin and pyrantel

 

Administration:
Chews-every month
Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm, heartworm preventative.

Minimum age/pregnant etc:

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

 

Milbemax

Active ingredients:
Milbemycin Oxime and Praziquantel)

 

Administration:

Tablets-every 3 months

Treats:
Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm. Heartworm preventative.

Minimum age/pregnant etc: 6 weeks and over 500g. Can use on pregnant and lactating females.

Panacur

Active ingredients:
Fenbendazole

 

Administration:

Tablets and paste

Treats:

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

Minimum age/pregnant etc:

2 weeks old. Can use on pregnant and lactating females.

Popantel

Active ingredients:
Praziquantel

 

Administration:

Tablets-every 3 months

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnant etc:

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

Purina Total Care

Active ingredients:
Pyrantel embolate and Niclosamide

 

Administration:

Paste and tablets

Treats:

Roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm.

Minimum age/pregnant etc:

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

Revolution

Active ingredients:
Selamectin

 

Administration:

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/pregnant etc:6 weeks old. Can use 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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