What does Wormcat provide treatment against?
The product is effective against tapeworms of cats:
- Mature and immature forms of Dipylidium caninum and Taenia species
- Echinococcus multilocularis.
Can Wormcat be used during pregnancy and lactation?
There are no contraindications against use during pregnancy and lactation.
Can Wormcat be used alongside other medications?
No incompatibility has been observed between this product at the recommended dose and a range of common veterinary treatments.
What is the minimum weight for Wormcat?
Cats require to be over 1 kg in bodyweight for Wormcat to be used.
What bodyweight will 1 pipette of Wormcat treat?
The minimum dose rate is 8 mg/kg bodyweight, which equates to 1 tube per 2.5 kg bodyweight.
How long should I wait between treatments with WormCat?
It is recommended to re-apply the product when signs of tapeworm infestation re-appear or at monthly intervals1.
Wormcat can be given monthly to cats at high risk of tapeworm infestation, or this product can be given at variable frequency intervals, when tapeworm segments are visible in the faeces.
Dipylidium caninum is the most common tapeworm in cats. The prepatent period of this cestode is approximately 3 weeks, and thus reinfection and the visibility of proglottids in faeces can occur quickly in cats that have access to the intermediate stage. Fleas and lice are the intermediate hosts for this parasite, and thus control of such ectoparasites on cats is also critical to controlling this tapeworm infestation in cats.
Cats that hunt rodents are at particular risk of ingestion of the intermediate stage of Taenia taeniaeformis. This species of Taenia has a prepatent period of approximately 5-10 weeks and thus proglottids could be visible in 5 weeks if reinfestation has occurred.
How do I apply Wormcat?
- Remove one pipette from the package
- Hold pipette in an upright position
- Tap the narrow part of the pipette to ensure the contents are within the main body of the tube
- Snap back the tip of the pipette to enable the contents to be expelled
- Part the hair on the cat's neck at the base of the skull until the skin is visible
- Place the tip of the tube on the skin and squeeze firmly several times to empty the contents directly onto the skin
- Application at the base of the skull will minimise the opportunity for the cat to lick the product
- To minimise the possibility of run-off after application of more than one pipette, it is advised that the applications should be performed slowly and to allow the contents of the previous pipette to be absorbed before applying another.
Occasionally a transient local reaction such as scurf or mild exudation may be observed at the application site following treatment.
What happens if a cat licks the product before it has been absorbed?
The product is bitter tasting and salivation may occasionally occur if the cat licks the application site immediately after treatment. This is not a sign of intoxication and disappears after a short time without treatment.
Further information is available from the SPC, Datasheet or package leaflet.
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WormCat® Spot-on Solution for cats and kittens contain praziquantel 20 mg. AVM-GSL
MSD Animal Health UK Limited. Registered office Walton Manor, Walton, Milton Keynes MK7 7AJ, UK. Registered in England & Wales no. 946942.
Advice should be sought from the medicine prescriber.
Use medicines responsibly.
1. ESCCAP Guidelines: 1. Worm Control in Dogs and Cats, July 2017. Accessed online 23/3/2020:https://www.esccap.org/guidelines/