Parasite prevention is a crucial part of parenting a pet – especially when they’re young. Here are the parasites that can infect your kitten, and how to prevent them.
Parasites are a reality of pet ownership and it’s important to take a proactive approach to parasite prevention with your kitten. Picking up parasites – fleas, ticks and worms – can be more dangerous when pets are young. Use our Cat Flea, Tick and Worm Treatment Finder to understand the right treatments and take the right measures to avoid parasites and keep your kitten healthy and happy all year round.
Flea treatment for kittens
Fleas may seem harmless and an easy fix, though they have the potential to cause more serious disease for your kitten such as tapeworm and anaemia.
To protect your kitten, Greencross Vets recommends flea-prevention medication all year-round. Flea treatment for kittens can come as a tablet, topical liquid or spray and depending on the product, can be given once a month. This medication differs depending on a kitten’s weight and age, so it’s important you consult your local vet to discuss the best option for your kitten. At Petbarn, flea kitten collars are available and safe for kittens to use at eight weeks of age.
Paralysis tick prevention for kittens
Paralysis ticks on kittens have the real potential to cause paralysis and even death.
To avoid any ticks on your kitten, they’ll need tick-prevention. This either comes in a topical liquid formula that is placed between your kitten’s shoulder-blades or a spray that is applied. Depending on the product, preventative tick treatment usually lines up with flea control and is based on the age and weight of your kitten. Your vet will recommend and prescribe a treatment option and plan to ensure your kitten is tick protected all year-round.