A variety of products are available to treat roundworms and tapeworms in cats but they are not all equally effective. For the best advice on the type of worming preparation most suitable for your cat, simply ask one of our healthcare team.
As kittens can be infected with roundworms from a very young age it is important that worming is started early and repeated regularly. Tapeworms are more likely to be a problem in adult cats and at this age less frequent but still regular worming is required.
A suitable protocol for worming cats of all ages is:
- Kittens from 4 to 16 weeks of age – Treat every two weeks with a product active against roundworms, e.g. pyrantel.
- Cats 6 months of age and older – Treat every two to six months with a product active against both roundworms and tapeworms.
If you have any doubt about worming your pet or you suspect your cat may have worms, please contact your local vet clinic. There are a number of products on the market, some of which are inferior and we would prefer your pet receives the correct and safe dose. Unless you are using the correct product for your pet and situation you may not only be wasting your money, but also risking the health of your pet.
The precise frequency of treatment will depend on likely exposure to tapeworms in particular (for example whether fleas are present and whether the cat hunts).