Drontal® for cats.
Your cat might have worms without you even knowing about it. The two main types of intestinal worm affecting UK cats are roundworm and tapeworm and symptoms aren’t always easy to spot. Intestinal worms can easily be picked up by your cat e.g. from eating microscopic worm eggs from the environment, from hunting or from swallowing infected fleas when grooming. Kittens can even pick roundworms up from their mum when they suckle her milk.
Drontal cat worming tablets work fast to fight intestinal worms. Available in two different strengths of tablet, Drontal cat tablets kill every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK cats.
Highly effective against all types of intestinal worm commonly found in UK cats, Drontal Cat and Drontal Cat XL tablets can be given with or without food and work quickly to combat worms in your cat.
Drontal® Cat Products
How is Drontal® given?
It’s recommended that adult cats are treated for intestinal worms at least four times a year – so around once every three months. However, there may be situations when more frequent treatment is desirable, for example if your cat has a flea problem, or regularly hunts and eats mice.
Unfortunately, even if your cat never sets foot outside, she can still be at risk from intestinal worms. Fleas and rodents can carry worm larvae, and it’s often impossible to stop them from getting into your house. If your cat ingests an infected flea, such as when she is grooming herself, or if she catches an infected mouse, she can become infected with worms.
Drontal kills every type of intestinal worm commonly found in UK cats: the roundworms Toxocara cati and Toxascaris leonina, and the tapeworms Dipylidium caninum and Taenia taeniaeformis.
As with all medicines, side effects are possible. If you notice any adverse signs after using Drontal, please speak to your vet
You can give your cat or kitten her Drontal tablet with food or without. No special dietary measures are required, and you can continue to feed your pet in exactly the same way when giving the tablet
Half a Drontal Cat tablet, the smallest dose available, can be given to cats that weigh 2kg. The product should not be used in kittens that are less than 6 weeks old.
It depends on how much she weighs. One Drontal Cat tablet treats a cat weighing 4kg; one Drontal Cat XL tablet treats a cat weighing 6kg. The tablets can also be split in half to treat a range of weights, refer to the product datasheet or packaging for further information.
Both Drontal Cat and Drontal Cat XL contain different amounts of the same two active ingredients: praziquantel and pyrantel embonate. These ingredients are effective and well-tolerated by cats –working together to kill intestinal worms.
Your cat is at risk from intestinal worms throughout the year. Roundworm eggs that are passed into the environment from other infected cats are very resilient and can survive environmental extremes for a year or more. Cats can also pick intestinal worms up from hunting, and swallowing infected fleas.
Unfortunately some worms can also cause disease in people. If people accidentally eat roundworm eggs (which can get onto our hands from the environment or even from stroking pets), the larvae can travel through our bodies and potentially cause disease. If the larvae end up in the eye this can lead to blindness- this is a rare condition but obviously devastating when it does occur, and is one of the reasons that worming our pets is so important.
We can also become infected with an intermediate stage of some species of tapeworm if we swallow tapeworm eggs. It’s even possible (though uncommon) for people to develop a tapeworm infection if they swallow an infected flea.
Absolutely. Drontal can be used in conjunction with flea treatments such as Advantage, to kill intestinal worms and fight fleas.
Fleas can be infected with the larval stage of the flea tapeworm. If your cat swallows an infected flea when she grooms herself, a tapeworm can develop in her gut without you even knowing about it.
Most of the time, you can’t. In many cases, you simply won't know if there are worms hidden inside her – but that doesn't mean there aren’t still warning signs to look out for. If symptoms do occur, they can include diarrhoea and vomiting, though these of course can be seen with many other conditions as well. You might see spaghetti-like worms in your cat’s stool or vomit, or rice-like segments around her bottom. Weight loss, lethargy and a bloated belly, are also a possibility, especially in younger animals.
Even if she isn’t showing any obvious signs, that doesn’t mean she wouldn’t be happier and healthier without a parasitic worm living in her gut! It’s also worth remembering that worms can pass disease to people too, so regularly worming pets helps protect their health, and also reduces the risk to you and your family.
There are three main ways that your cat can become infected with intestinal worms.
1) Eating worm eggs from the environment (the soil/sandpits/grass etc.)
2) From her mother: roundworms can be transmitted from Mum to her kittens while they suckle her milk.
3) From eating other infected animals. Rodents, rabbits, birds and even insects (such as fleas) can become infected with the larval stages of intestinal worms, and if our pets eat these (e.g. from hunting, or swallowing infected fleas when grooming), they can develop intestinal worms.
Unfortunately you can’t completely stop your pet being exposed to worms in the first place. However, regular worming with a product like Drontal will kill every type of intestinal worm present in UK cats, helping your cat to combat any unwanted passengers that she might pick up on her adventures.