“ Brand: Beaphar / Type: Worm Treatment - Cats „
When it comes to my lovely kitten Myrtle Rose she really is the love of my life. I really am an owner that believes she owes me nothing and cos I chose her I owe her and I'm one of those sad people that actually tries to talk about my cat at any given opportunity! Well I'm sorry for that (not really lol) but I'm all for animals and think that the majority of the time they're better company than people!
However owning any animal has its downsides of course and it can be very costly. She is not a baby shes a cat! She comes with issues like getting fleas, she licks her bottom and she sometimes gets worms and all.
Now when I got Myrtle I was hot on the trail with fleas and I admit for a bit of time we had an issue with them. Not only did we have an issue at the time all my friends did too and we all got bitten, all transferred and shared them around and in the end I replaced my bed, my sofas the lot because I was freaking out and Myrtle got treatment from the vet for them and touch wood we've had none since, are not in contact with anyone anymore with animals and we're sorted. However....
Myrtle had her first season and went nuts screaming my flat down and seemed to be in pain and very clingy, more so than usual. I didn't have Myrtle to breed from her and wanted only one cat was and so I made the decision to have her spade after a lot of thinking about it. It all went well apart from me worrying all day and almost putting myself into an early grave but when I picked her up a tape worm had been spotted almost waving hello at the vet! I hadn't even given any kind of worms a thought I have to be honest and I felt mortified because the vet explained because I had never treated her (she had been just before I got her but that was months before) that she was probably packed up with them and so I paid out there and then for a worm treatment that cost me a fortune on top of having her spade!
I was then told by the vet at a check up that the tapeworm had gone and he was all for me every 3 months buying the expensive worm treatment from him but lets be honest I like alot of people need to keep my outgoings down, times are hard and he wanted me at the time to give Myrtle a treatment every month for 3 months and then move onto a treatment every 3 months and I was thinking that's it I'm about to go bankrupt here when I took the decision to look for something cheaper and check her bottom and poop and see how we went afterall I'd rather buy my lass treats then spending ridiculous amounts on this type of thing but for the record and like I have said I did consider the vet treatment and thought at some point I would have to buy it if need be.
I found this in Pets At Home for about £4.99 and you get 12 tablets in total and they come in a white and red coloured box with a photograph of a cat on the front and we are clearly told that they are Beaphar Multi Wormer For Cats Tablets and that they are suitable to give to a cat over 6 months of age, that they are for round and tape worms and that they treat cats up 11lb/5kg in weight then on other information on the sides and the back of the back includes dosage advice (this is clearly given), lots of warnings are given and contact details for the manufacturer are also stated. Inside you get see through plastic and foil trays and one tray contains 8 light pink and large tablets and the other has 4 very light brown coloured tablets and its easy to get the tablets out of these.
Dosage advice as I have already told you is very clear and it depends how big you kitten/cat is to what you give. You start off by giving your kitten/cat a dose of the pink tablets and then same day the following week you give a dose of the fawn/brown tablets and for Myrtle who is 8lb in weight the dose is 3 tablets of each though it can be as many as 4 tablets so although I initially thought I was getting a few doses I wasn't at all but never mind!
So I gave her the pink ones first, they were large and flat and uncoated and I really struggled with her foaming at the mouth to get her to swallow them and I had the same issues with the next dose but hey we got there in the end although she wouldn't even look at me for a couple of days!
Do They Work?:
We started off by going on the vets advice and giving her them monthly to make sure the back up of worms had gone and now we on the usual 3 month cycle and I'm very happy with these indeed. They are cost effective for me which is great but more importantly our wormy issues have gone. I always have a look at her poo and its clear and looks right (though smells really rotten to me lol) and there is no sign of life in it! Her belly has gone down and isn't bloated anymore and the vet that looked at her for me recently thinks no worms are about which is just fantastic for us.
Buy them. They work and are cost effective I just wish they were a bit smaller but saying that you can chop them half which is what I may do for her next dose as she really struggled to take these!
Available in all good pet stores and also in some supermarkets at about a fiver a time which is great value!
Unfortunately both my cats (2 year old domestic short-haired) had allergic reactions to this multi-wormer. This resulted in them vomiting, shaking, becoming disorientated and being unable to walk. When I took them to my vet he told me some of the ingredients in this product are 'old' and he hasnt used / seen them since his vets training! He said there are much better products on the market now-days that wont make cats ill.This product may only be under £5 but ended up costing me £50+ in vets bills.
Recently the girl cat's third eyelid wasn't retracting as it should, which can be a symptom of worms. As it had been a while since her last worming, I thought treating her (and a quick trip to the vet just in case) was the best idea. I bought a packet of Beaphar Multi-Wormer tablets to cover her & her brother against tapeworm and roundworm. I paid under a fiver for the tablets from Pets At Home, but they can be found for less at other pet stores or online.
How many tablets you need depends on the size and weight of your cat, so here the Wii Fit Plus game & board came in handy. My pets now have their own profiles on the Wii, which delighted the children, especially when the boy cat wriggled so much during weighing that we had to repeat the process several times ("Can I hold him this time?"). Of course, functional (unlike ours) bathroom scales would be a perfectly proper alternative for non-Wii board owners!
The packet I bought contained enough tablets for the treatment of both cats in our case. It's helpful if you have an idea of your cat(s) weight(s) before you buy, so you don't end up short.
In the pack are 3 sheets of tablets, two pink and one beige. This Multi Wormer is a three week treatment: the first week you dose the cat with the pink tablets, a week later with the brown and the following week, with a second dose of the pink.
To give the correct dosage to the cats, I needed to break one of the tablets in two, as girl cat needed 2 and a half, and boy cat needed 3 and a half of the pink. I simply cut the tablet with a knife.
Theoretically you can put the tablets into the cat's normal food, and hope the cat will eat them, but all my experience with cats has been that they will in fact carefully eat _around_ tablets instead! Apart from that, I didn't want to risk the boy cat eating the whole lot himself, as he's quite greedy. To know for sure that they both had the right amount, I decided not to even try putting it into their food, but go straight to popping the pills into their mouths and rubbing under their chins until they swallowed.
Now the first week was a doddle, as the cats had never suffered the indignity of being fed tablets at my hands before. (Previously they had been treated with spot-on or injection). They were so surprised that they just put up with it and it was remarkably stressfree. Lovely docile cats we have...
The second week, however, they were wise to my game and each managed to spit one back out, and have to be recaptured to have it back in again. Still, not too bad. What well-behaved moggies...
The third week, 'though... This is where the wheels came off. There was much drama: squirming and frothing and some clawing! I had to adopt the James Herriot trick of wrapping them in a towel in the end. Furry spiky feline-shaped demons!
They eyed me with disfavour for several hours afterwards.
But was it worth it?
Well, the girl cat's eyelid problem resolved within a week or so of completing the treatment and I have had no evidence of worms in the cats since. The treatment lasts approximately three months before needing repeating.
I won't be using this Multi Wormer again personally, because although I feel fairly sure it works and it's reasonably cheap, the amount of tablets required and three doses over a three week period turned out to be quite stressful for both me and the cats. I think I'll go back to other forms of wormer. If you have an easy-going moggie who will either eat pills in its food or doesn't mind being fed them, then I'd recommend it as a treatment for worms, but for the more manic, it's no fun at all.
The Multi Wormer is only suitable for cats over 6 months and as with any medication, it's important to read the advisory leaflet provided in the box before using it. More information on Beaphar/Sherley products can be found on the Beaphar website.