Cats, especially those with access to outdoors, can suffer from a variety of external and internal parasites, including lice, fleas, fungal infections, ticks and worms – all of which cause ill health. There is a wide variety of preparations available to buy off the shelf at pet stores and supermarkets designed to treat these parasites, but they are not as effective as those that are available on prescription from your vet. So, while the former products may be cheaper and easier to obtain, they often prove to be false economy in the long run.

Never use more than one de-fleaing treatment at a time, otherwise, your cat may overdose. You must also treat the indoor environment where your cat lives, or reinfestation will occur immediately. Vacuum-clean carpets and wherever your cat likes to sleep regularly, and wash your pet’s bedding once a week or so to destroy flea eggs.

Intestinal worms roundworm and tapeworm are most efficiently controlled via all-in-one treatments prescribed and administered by your vet. A typical worming regime is to treat kittens aged four to sixteen weeks for roundworms every fortnight; from six months old, treat the cat every two to six months depending on whether he is an outdoor or an indoor cat for both roundworm and tapeworm. Consult your vet for advice about the most appropriate worming plan and treatment for your cat.

Veterinary Surgeon, London at Blue Cross UK | + posts

A London based Veterinary surgeon, Sanja is also an avid writer and pet advocate.