Quick guide to cat tapeworm products

Quick Guide to Tapeworm Treatments for Cats

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Product/active ingredients Type/Frequency of dosageParasites TreatedNotes
Drontal (Praziquantel and Pyrantel)Tablets.Tapeworm, roundworm and hookworm.Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 8 weeks.
Aristopet (Praziquantel  and Pyrantel)Tablets.Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm.8 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Droncit (praziquantel)Tablets or injection (by your veterinarian).Tapeworm.6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Excelpet (Praziquantel and Pyrantel Embolate)Tablets.Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm.6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Milbemax (Praziquantel and Oxime)Tablets.Tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, heartworm preventative.Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 6 weeks or .5 kg.
ParaGard (Praziquantel, Oxibendazole)Tablets.Tapeworm, roundworm and hookworm.2 weeks old. No studies have been done on pregnant or lactating females with this product.
Popantel (Praziquantel)Tablets.Tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm and whipworm.Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 6 weeks.
Panacur (Fenbendazole)Paste or tablets.Tapeworm (Taenia taeniaeformis species), roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, lungworm and giardia. Does not treat Dipylidium caninum tapeworm.Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 2 weeks.
Profender (Praziquantel and Emodepside)Spot on.Tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, lungworm.Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 8 weeks.
Purina Total Care (Pyrantel embolate and Niclosamide)Paste or tablets.Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm.6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats.

Side effects are rare but may include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite.

Worms may be visible in the stool 1-2 days after treatment.

Kitten worming schedule

Always read the label and make sure the de-wormer is safe to use on young kittens.

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