Stew is an indoor cat like my other 2 cats, they never go outside, but we do have a dog. I found a tick on Stew this morning and was able to pluck it out.
Doogie our dog has had ticks and we treat him with Frontline, but this is the first time I have ever seen a tick my cat.
What is my next course of action? Should I just purchase Frontline for the cats their weights vary 10, 11 and 12 lbs. and ages 7 and 8 years old.
Our Vet Says:
It is not necessary for your to cat
go out to have ticks. Ticks have 2 or 3 intermediate hosts during their life
cycle and sometimes other pets can transport the pre adult stages or adult
ticks from outside to inside.
For ticks prevention you can use
Frontline Plus or Frontline spray. Frontline Plus is stronger than Frontline
spray because it works against pre adult stages of fleas, adult fleas and
You should treat your cat with
Frontline Plus, see below some information about the product :
To be used against infestations with fleas, ticks and/or
- Elimination of fleas (Ctenocephalides spp.) and
insecticidal efficacy against new infestations with adult fleas persists for 4
- Prevention of the multiplication of fleas by inhibiting the
development of eggs (ovicidal activity), larvae and pupae (larvicidal activity)
originating from eggs laid by adult fleas for 6 weeks after application.
- Elimination of ticks (Ixodes ricinus, Dermacentor
variabilis, Rhipicephalus sanguineus). The product has a persistent
acaricidal efficacy for up to 2 weeks against ticks (based on experimental
- Elimination of biting lice (Felicola subrostratus).
Can be used as part of a treatment strategy for the control of
Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD).
The product is an insecticidal and acaricidal solution for
topical use, containing an adulticidal active ingredient, fipronil, in
combination with an ovicidal and larvicidal active ingredient, (S)-methoprene.
Fipronil is an insecticide and acaricide belonging to the
phenylpyrazole family. It acts by interacting with ligand-gated chloride
channels, in particular those gated by the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid
(GABA), thereby blocking pre- and post-synaptic transfer of chloride ions
across cell membranes. This results in uncontrolled activity of the central
nervous system and death of insects or acarines. Fipronil kills fleas within 24
hours, ticks (Dermacentor variabilis, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Ixodes
scapularis, Ixodes ricinus, Haemaphysalis longicornis, Haemaphysalis flava,
Haemaphysalis campanulata) and lice within 48 hours post-exposure.
(S)-Methoprene is an insect growth regulator
(IGR) of the class of compounds known as juvenile hormone analogues that
inhibit the development of immature stages of insects. This compound mimics the
action of juvenile hormone and causes impaired development and death of the
developing stages of fleas. The on-animal ovicidal activity of (S)-methoprene
results from either direct penetration of the eggshell of newly laid eggs or
from absorption through the cuticle of the adult fleas. (S)-methoprene is also
effective in preventing flea larvae and pupae from developing, which prevents
contamination of the environment of treated animals with the immature stages of
Both (S)-methoprene and fipronil are well-distributed in the
haircoat of cats within 24 hours after application. The concentrations of
fipronil and (S)-methoprene in the haircoat decrease with time and are
detectable for at least 59 days after dosing. Parasites are killed through
contact rather than by systemic exposure.
No pharmacological interaction
between fipronil and (S)-methoprene was noted.
Please read the leaflet enclosed
with the product for best results.
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