Flea prevention and worming

From 6 weeks of age we recommend ‘Stronghold spot on monthly’ for flea prevention and roundworm treatment. Then once your kitten starts exploring the great outdoors we recommend tapeworm treatment with Droncit at least every 3 months.

We also recommend monthly preventative treatment with Stronghold to prevent an infestation of fleas in your home and regular tapeworm treatment throughout your kittens life.
Adult cats

We recommend adult cats are wormed at least every 3 months (for human safety as well as their health).
Regular preventative flea treatment.

We as a practice feel the above products are the most effective combination, but there are other options to deal with cat parasites and a member of the nursing team will be happy to discuss them in more detail.
Parasite list

  • Panleucopaenia – a virus causing a severe and often fatal gastro-enteritis. It can also affect unborn kittens of infected queens. Passed in the faeces of infected cats.
  • Feline Herpes Virus and Feline Calici Virus – the two main causes of Cat Flu. Spread by sneezing.
  • Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)  this virus is mainly spread through fighting as is present in the blood, saliva and urine of infected animals. Once infected a cat can harbour the virus for months to years without showing any signs of disease. The virus can cause a type of cancer called ‘lymphoma’ and can also damage the immune system leading to other infections, gingivitis and diarrhea. As it is possible to have the virus without showing any clinical signs, in some cases it can be advisable to do a blood test before vaccination (e.g. stray cats, bad fighters or kittens born to stray cats).
  • Rabies – required for export to many other countries. In order to obtain a pet passport cats have to be identified with a microchip and then vaccinated against rabies.
  • Chlamydia – Causes conjunctivitis and mild cat flu-type signs. Normally it is only a problem in breeding catteries.

There is no vaccine available for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline AIDS).