(Closed) Cat Preventative Medicine?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’d for sure 100% go to a vet and ask. I’ve never had any experience with a Vet where I thought they were out to get my money, but maybe that’s just me.

Post # 4
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

That’s a tough one, honestly.  I never did medicine until I moved down south, to an area where we do have heartworm problems.

Fleas and ticks, I don’t worry about.  I’ve never in my entire life had flea issues and I think or indoor cats it’s really not a big problem.  But mosquitoes, depending on where you live, are hard to keep out of the house.

Post # 5
4284 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are in Michigan and only treat for fleas as needed in the summer. She gets her boosters as required but we don’t treat for anything else.

Post # 6
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

For fleas and ticks- do you have a yard or spend time in any wooded areas where there are fleas and ticks?  If so you are better off treating for them.  They can be carried in on your clothes and shared with your pet even though it hasn’t been outside.  They can cause other health issues like worms, lyme disease etc, so preventive care is definitly the safer, healthier, cheaper option.  If you don’t spend a lot of time outdoors you could skip this.  If you live in a area where it gets below freezing in the winter, you can stop treatment during the winter months.  

Heartworm- Do you have mosquitos where you live? If yes definetly treat for them.  Heartworm is extremely difficult to cure and the treatment can actually be harmful to the pet, so preventing it is soo important.  Again its much easier, healthier and cheaper to prevent then treat.  Mosquitos also die down in the cold weather, so you probably would be okay skipping it in the winter months.  The catch is before you can restart it you have to have a heartworm test done, and some people prefer to just stay on it year round.

Availibility- This may vary by where you live, but in general we’ve found that you can get flea and tick medicine in petstores, walmart, feed stores etc.  Heartworm is usually something that requires a prescription so you need a vet visit and a negative heart worm test before you can buy it.  Once you have the prescription you can buy it from the vet or order online from a place like 1800petmeds. 

Post # 7
51 posts
Worker bee

Hi, I’m a vet tech. I have no vested interest in your money, I assure you. We used to tell our clients to only use flea and tick prevention on their indoor cats in the warmer months. Then we had a very mild winter. And yeah, a lot of our exclusively indoor cats came in infested with fleas for the first time ever. Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean these bugs aren’t out there. Believe me, it’s a lot easier to prevent fleas than get rid of them. For an indoor cat, I would recommend Revolution. We don’t really worry about ticks so much in cats, especially indoor ones, but fleas are a different story.

Revolution also does heartworm, which is important, because one worm can kill a cat. And mosquitoes can get in the house quite easily. And there’s no treatment for heartworm cats like there is for dogs. Again, prevention is the way to go. Indoor cats probably don’t need heartworm prevention in the winter months (at least in Jersey, can’t speak for MO), but since it’s bundled with the Revolution, it’s a nice bonus.

This isn’t the place to be cheap. It’s not just an issue for the animals, it’s for your safety. Do you want a house infested with fleas? Revolution also deworms monthly for rounds and hookworms, which a cat could pick up by catching and eating a mouse. And those parasites are zoonotic.

Any preventative that does heartworm will be prescription, so you have to get it through your vet. You do NOT have to test cats for heartworm before starting the medication. Frontline Plus, which kills fleas and ticks and has an IGR (prevents flea eggs from developing into adults) can be obtained in pet stores, I think. It’s not prescription. Check with your vet though. For instance, we price-match our Frontline, and there are usually deals from the pharm company for our clients (such as buy 6 months, get two free). 

You need to find a vet you trust. Trustworthy vets would never recommend something just for profit. 

Also, please take your cat to the vet yearly. This animal depends on your for its well-being, and a lot of times, physical exams let us find problems at a stage when they are still treatable. 

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