Flea and Worm Protection for Cats

Click the product name or scroll down. •Revolution •Advocate •Activyl •Comfortis•Advantage •Frontline •Milbemax •Profender •Drontal

Are you confused by the all the options to prevent heartworm, fleas and intestinal worms in your cat? Here is our guide to the best options available; you should find all the common, safe and respected treatments found in your vet or pet supplies store. None of these treatments are flea collars, flea sprays, flea shampoos or rinses.If it isn’t here, please ask!

cat flea product chartThe chart above gives an overview of each product; protection against the parasites in RED is considered necessary in all cats, however we recommend including heartworm prevention. The risk may be low but the consequences are severe if caught. Read more at Does my cat need heartworm prevention?

You can just choose the treatment with the most ticks but we advise you make a more tailored plan by reading about each product.

free sms remindersThis list is in order of our personal recommendations but please consult your vet for advice specific to your cat’s age, health and lifestyle before use. At this quality end of the market, most flea, heartworm and worming programs work out at around the same cost. Prices are available on request.

Latest news: we now send free monthly SMS text reminders when you purchase flea control at our clinic. Remember that there is no need to have tick prevention in the Adelaide region unless you plan on taking your pet to the eastern states.

Warning: NEVER use dog products on cats, especially those from the supermarket. If treating multiple animals, they may groom and lick each other so keep separated until the product is not visible.

1. Products To Prevent Heartworm And Fleas

Revolution

Prevents: Heartworm, Fleas, Intestinal worms*, some mitesrevolution for cats

Comes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • A quick-drying, and less messy spot-on treatment
  • Kills fleas and flea eggs
  • Also useful in treating kittens infested with ear mites
  • Our favourite treatment for those wanting to use a combined flea and heartworm preventative
  • Safe in very young animals

How To Use Revolution

Revolution can be safely applied to kittens from 6 weeks of age.

*Active against roundworm and hookworm only. You will still need to use an intestinal worming treatment for tapeworm every 3-6 months.

Advocate

Prevents: Heartworm, Fleas, Intestinal worms*, some mites, lungwormadvocate for kittens

Comes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • Rapid flea control
  • Also useful in treating kittens infested with ear mites and treating lungworm

How To Use Advocate

Advocate can be used from 9 weeks of age. The solvent may damage clothing and painted surfaces so take care after applying it, and avoid placing it where the animal can lick.

*Active against roundworm and hookworm only. You will still need to use an intestinal worming treatment for tapeworm every 3-6 months.

2. Products To Prevent Fleas & Not Heartworm

These products are used together with a heartworm preventative and intestinal worming (see elsewhere). All cats and dogs living together need to be treated to control fleas in a household.

Activyl

Prevents: fleasactivyl for cats

Comes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • Fast, modern flea control Is activated only once inside the flea
  • Available in single doses

How To Use Activyl

Only for cats weighing over 0.6kg and over 8 weeks of age. Do not apply in a way that it can be licked.

Comfortis

Prevents: fleas

Comes as: a beef-flavoured tablet given once a month with food

  • Highly effective flea control
  • No restrictions on bathing, no mess
  • Single tablet treats up to 11.2kg

How To Use Comfortis

Comfortis can be used from 14 weeks of age in cats over 1.4kg.

Advantage

Prevents: fleasadvantage for cats

Comes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • Fast, effective flea control
  • Almost 20 years of reliable performance

How to Use Advantage

Advantage can be used from weaning. Animals can be bathed after 48 hours, but if bathing is done frequently, some loss of effect of flea control may occur. The solvent may damage clothing and painted surfaces so take care after applying it, and avoid placing it where the animal can lick.

Frontline

Prevents: fleas

Comes as: a vial of liquid applied to the back of the neck on a monthly basis.

  • Used for tick control every two weeks if travelling to the eastern states
  • Water-fast after 48 hours

How to Use Frontline

Frontline can be used from 8 weeks of age and should be applied where your cat cannot lick. May take longer than the other listed products to kill fleas.

3. Products To Treat Intestinal Worms

There are many wormers available, and most do a reasonably good job. Look for two or more active ingredients including at least ‘praziquantel’ plus one other. Always worm all the adult cats in a house at the same time.

Learn more here about the three important intestinal worms of cats: roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm.

Worming is necessary every two weeks until 12 weeks of age, then every month until 6 months old, then every three months for life.

Milbemax

Prevents: intestinal wormsmilbemax cat allwormer

Comes as: tablet

  • Small tablets easily hidden in food
  • Single tablet treats up to 8kg cat
  • Highly effective worming
  • Can also be used for heartworm control if given monthly

How to Use Milbemax

Follow the schedule listed above. Safe in pregnant queens.

Profender Spot-on

Prevents: intestinal worms, lungworm.

Lungworm is present in Adelaide, and causes coughing and respiratory disease in mostly young cats.profender cat allwormer

Comes as: Spot-on treatment.

  • Only spot-on treatment able to kill all common intestinal worms
  • Also treats lungworm
  • No need to give a tablet or risk injury

How to Use Profender

Safe from 8 weeks of age in kittens over 0.5kg. Give at 8 & 12 weeks, then every three months (you will need to give an oral wormer at 6 weeks). Safe in pregnant queens.

Drontal

Prevents: intestinal worms

Comes as: tablet, drops

  • Original brand name all-wormer
  • Highly effective worming

How to Use Drontal

Follow the schedule listed above. Like most oral worming for cats, it’s fairly unpleasant tasting and hard to give. Safe in pregnancy.

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