Worms, Fleas and Ticks are incredibly common parasites which infest many cats without their owners even knowing. Most cats will come into contact with a parasite at some point in their life, regardless of whether or not they live indoors or outdoors.

The sooner you begin parasite prevention the better. Parasites are fairly difficult to treat once your cat is infested and there is a high risk that they will spread to other pets, humans and your home.

Worming

Most breeders will have wormed your kitten before you take it home and will advise you on how to proceed with worming as they grow.

The most common worms that cats come into contact with are roundworm, tapeworm and lungworm. Between the ages of 12 weeks and 6 months, we strongly recommend that you worm your kitten on a monthly basis. From 6 months onward, we would advise you to you worm your cat every 3 months for the years following.

Our vets and nurses can advise on and supply the most suitable type of wormer for your cat. You can begin worming treatment by simply phoning up the practice to make an appointment with one of our nurses.

Fleas and Ticks

Similar to worms, fleas and ticks also pose a very common risk to our cats.

As soon as your kitten is allowed outdoors, they are immediately at risk of infestation by flea larvae (eggs) and ticks. Therefore, we recommend that you start flea and tick parasite prevention from the age of 12 weeks and continue this for the rest of your cat’s life.

Flea and tick prevention medicines come in a variety of forms, including tablets, spot-on treatments and injections. This allows us to tailor your cat’s flea and tick treatment to their individual needs.

Some owners stop flea prevention treatments during the winter months, but we would advise against this as with milder winters, fleas are now seen on cats and in homes year-round.

Due to the wide range of preventative medications, we recommend that you speak to one of our veterinary staff to select the most appropriate products for your pet.

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