Parasite Prevention Schedule for Cats

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Intestinal Worms

These live in the gastrointestinal system and include Hookworm, Roundworms, and Tapeworms. They can cause severe diarrhoea and severe disease especially in young kittens.


Treat every fortnight until 12 weeks of age then

Monthly until 6 months of age then

Every 3 months for life


Ask your veterinarian for the most suitable product.

*Your veterinarian may alter this schedule.



Spread by mosquitoes, the adult worms cause heart disease and possible death.



Ask your veterinarian for the most suitable product and whether prevention is necessary where you live.

*Your veterinarian may alter this schedule.



The most common external parasite found on dogs and cats. They cause intense itching and hair loss. Fleas may also cause skin allergies and can transmit other parasites, such as tapeworms, to your dog.

Fleas are not always easy to find. One of the best methods is to look for flea dirt (flea faeces) in your cat’s coat. These appear as “black specs” in the fur and appear especially above the tail region. If you dampen a tissue and touch the black specs they will turn red as they are simply digested blood.

Schedule: *

Most prevention involves a monthly spot on treatment or oral tablet.


Ask your veterinarian for the most suitable product.

*Your veterinarian may alter this schedule.



The paralysis tick is common along the east coast of Australia especially New South Wales and Queensland.

Once the tick attaches at a suitable site it begins to engorge with blood and will inject a potent toxin that causes muscle paralysis. It can potentially cause death if the muscles that help your pet breathe are paralysed.

Schedule: *

Prevention mostly involves topical treatment

Ask your veterinarian for the most suitable product as prevention varies around Australia. If you are travelling to a tick infested area with your pet, speak to your veterinarian BEFORE you travel.

*Your veterinarian may alter this schedule.

Checking for ticks at home:

This is a very important component of preventing tick problems

- Check daily - use your fingers to run through your cat’s fur.

- Check from the head to the tip of the tail

- If your cat has a long coat, use a comb

- Run comb backwards against the fur, followed with your hands

- Feel for any bumps and stop and inspect if you find one.

- Pay attention to the head, neck and chest, behind the ears, in the ears and between the toes.

If a tick is found seek advice from your vet immediately.




Speak with your veterinarian.