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A guide to feline parasiticides



Profender (Bayer Animal Health) contains 1.98% emodepside and 7.94% praziquantel. It is a single-dose topical solution for treating and controlling infections with tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum, Taenia taeniaeformis), roundworms (Toxocara cati), and hookworms (Ancylostoma tubaeforme) in kittens and cats that are at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2.2 lb. Children should not come in contact with the application site for 24 hours after application. Pregnant women, or those who may become pregnant, should wear disposable gloves when handling this product. Profender has not been evaluated in breeding cats and pregnant or lactating queens. Use with caution in sick or debilitated cats and cats with heartworm infections. The product comes in three sizes for cats.


Program (Novartis Animal Health) contains lufenuron to control flea infestations by preventing the development of flea eggs; it does not kill adult fleas. Program is offered as a 6-month injectable (subcutaneous), monthly flavored tablets to be given with a meal, or a suspension to be added to a cat's food monthly. The injectable comes in two sizes for cats age 6 weeks and older, the tablets come in two sizes for kittens and cats age 4 weeks and older, and the suspension comes in two sizes for cats age 6 weeks and older. Do not inject intramuscularly. Do not use the injectable in dogs.

ProMeris for Cats

ProMeris for Cats (Fort Dodge Animal Health) contains 18.53% metaflumizone to control fleas (Ctenocephalides species) on cats and kittens 8 weeks and older. ProMeris is a topical product that should be applied no more than once a month and should only be used on cats. Consultation with a veterinarian is required before use on aged, debilitated, medicated, pregnant, or nursing cats. It is available in two sizes for cats.


Revolution (Pfizer Animal Health) contains selamectin to be given topically monthly to prevent heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis and to kill adult fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) and prevent flea eggs from hatching. It also treats and controls ear mite (Otodectes cynotis) infestations and roundworm (Toxocara cati) and hookworm (Ancylostoma tubaeforme) infections in cats. Revolution has been tested safe in breeding males and females, pregnant and lactating females, and kittens 8 weeks of age and older. At the veterinarian's discretion, cats 6 months of age or older may be tested for existing heartworm infection before treatment is started. Cats with existing adult heartworm infections can safely be given Revolution monthly to prevent further infections. Do not use on sick, debilitated, or underweight animals. It is available in two sizes for cats.


Vectra (Summit VetPharm) for Cats & Kittens and Vectra for Cats contain dinotefuran and pyriproxyfen to kill adult fleas and control the development of all flea stages for at least one month. Vectra is applied topically and can be used on kittens as young as 8 weeks of age.

Virbac Pyrethrin Dip

Virbac Pyrethrin Dip (Virbac Animal Health) contains pyrethrins (1%), piperonyl butoxide (4%), n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide (6%), and di-n-propyl isocinchomeronate (4%) to kill and repel fleas, ticks, lice, gnats, mosquitoes, and flies in dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens. It should applied no more than once every seven days and should not be used on animals less than 12 weeks of age. Consultation with a veterinarian is required before use on debilitated, aged, medicated, pregnant, or nursing animals. The dip is toxic to fish. The dip must be diluted in warm water per the label directions before application.

The Veterinary Medicine editors thank Jan Grace, RVT, BBA, MSM, for her work in compiling the information for this supplement, as well as Patricia Payne, DVM, PhD, for her assistance.


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