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Quick Guide to Cat Worming Products

Quick Guide to Cat Worming Products | Cat Health Collection
Brand name/active ingredient Type Parasites treated Age/pregnant etc
Advocate/Advantage Multi (Imidacloprid and Moxidectin) Spot on (monthly) Fleas (adult), roundworms, hookworms,  lungworm and ear mites. Heartworm preventative. Does not treat tapeworm. 9 weeks old. Safe use on pregnant and lactating females has not been established.
Aristopet (Praziquantel  and Pyrantel embolate) Paste and tablets Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. 8 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Drontal (Praziquantel and Pyrantel Pamoate) Tablets Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. 6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Excelpet (Praziquantel and Pyrantel Embolate) Tablets Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. 6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Heartgard (Ivermectin and Pyrantel) Chews Roundworm, hookworm, heartworm preventative. 6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Milbemax (Milbemycin Oxime and Praziquantel) Tablets Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm. Heartworm preventative. 6 weeks and over 500g. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Panacur (Fenbendazole) Tablets and paste Tapeworm (Taenia taeniaeformis species), roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, lungworm and giardia. Does not treat Dipylidium caninum tapeworm. Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 2 weeks.
Popantel (Praziquantel) Tablets Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 6 weeks.
Profender (Praziquantel and Emodepside) Spot on (monthly) Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm and lungworm. 8 weeks and over 500g. Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats.

 

Purina Total Care (Pyrantel embolate and Niclosamide) Paste and tablets Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. 6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats.
Revolution (Selamectin) Spot on (monthly) Fleas (adult, larvae and eggs), intestinal worms (except tapeworm), lungworm and ear mites. Heartworm preventative.Does not treat tapeworm.   6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.

Please speak to your veterinarian about when to de-worm young kittens and which product is best.

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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Quick Guide to Cat Flea Products