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Cat Flea & Tick Buyer's Guide - Topical, Oral & Collars


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Providing proper flea and tick control for your cat is part of being a responsible pet owner, but figuring out which one is right for your cat isn’t terribly difficult. The table below will help you compare some of the top brands for cats. By properly using topical or oral flea and tick products, you can prevent infestations and keep your pet safe from parasites. The second table compares two popular flea and tick collars for cats. And always remember this important rule: never use a dog flea treatment on a cat. Some ingredients in them can sick and even kill cats.

Spot On Flea Control

Spot on products contain a small amount of liquid that you place directly on your cat’s skin. These products usually kill and repel pests like fleas, flea larvae, ticks, mosquitoes, and lice. Different products work on different parasites, but most of the big brands like Frontline Plus and Advantage II protect against both fleas and ticks.

Oral Flea Medications

Oral flea control products often appeal to pet owners who are worried about coming into contact with pesticides that are applied to their cat’s coat and skin. Unfortunately, no oral form of tick prevention is available. Capstar kills adult fleas only, but it can be used up to once daily. It’s often used with other products like Program, which are designed to keep immature fleas from developing.

Flea & Tick Collars

Many flea collars offer long-term protection against fleas, flea eggs, and immature fleas--sometimes up to 8 months! Also, these collars can keep your cat safe from ticks for up to half a year before needing to be replaced. Adams and Vet-Kem are both excellent choices.

Spot On & Oral Flea Control

  Advantage II Advantage Multi Bio Spot Capstar EasySpot Frontline Plus Revolution Triforce
  Advantage II Advantage Multi Bio Spot Capstar EasySpot Frontline Plus Revolution Triforce
Kills/Controls
Adult Fleas Check Check Check Check Check Check Check Check
Flea Eggs/Larvae Check   Check  
Check Check Check
Ticks

Check
Check Check
Check
Heartworms   Check  


Check
Hookworms
Check
   
Check
Roundworms   Check  


Check
Lice Check  

Check Check    
Mites          
Check  
Mosquitos     Check

  Check
Application
Topical Check Check Check
Check Check Check Check
Oral       Check      
RX Requirement
Requires Prescription   Check            
Ingredients
Imidacloprid Check Check


     
Moxidectin   Check            
Fipronil         Check Check    
S-methoprene     Check  
Check    
Pyriproxyfen               Check
Selamectin             Check  
Etofenprox     Check         Check
Nitenpyram       Check        
Manufacturer
Bayer Check Check        

Merial           Check    
Novartis       Check Check      
Farnam     Check          
Pfizer             Check  
Tradewinds               Check
Misc.
Waterproof Check       Check Check    

Flea & Tick Collars

  Adams Plus Flea Collar for Cats Vet-Kem Breakaway PLUS Cat Flea Collar
  Adams Plus Vet-Kem Breakaway PLUS
Kills/Controls
Adult Fleas Check Check
Flea Eggs/Larvae Check Check
Ticks Check Check
Lice    
Mange    
Mites    
Ingredients
Propoxur Check Check
S-methoprene Check Check
Amitraz    
Deltamethrin    
Manufacturer
Vet-Kem   Check
Farnam Check  
Months of Flea Protection
8 Months Check Check
Months of Tick Protection
6 Months Check Check