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Bob Martin spot dewormer
My cat is a bit of a nightmare when trying to get her to take tablets. If they are crushed into food she won't eat and I really can't stomach the thought of forcing a tablet down her throat, so we tend to use these liquid dewormers to cause her and me minimum distress.
WHO AND WHAT IS IT FOR?...
The product is for Cats & Kittens over 1kg, so at this weight it is for fairly young kittens, although it doesn't indicate an age. The product is clinically proven to work almost immediately and is apparently 100% effective at getting rid of tapeworm and other common types of worms.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
The product is widely available in supermarkets and pet shops and costs around £6 for two applications.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The product comes packaged in a box with all of the instructions and information on the back of the box, and a more detailed instruction leaflet inside the box. Inside the box is a blister sealed pack with each of the two tubes inside its own separate compartment. The tubes are quite small, being 20ml each, so at least the packaging isn't big.
USING THE PRODUCT...
Its really simple to use and my cat has no issues at all sitting on my knee while the solution is administered. Simple break the seal on the tube by insert ingot he sharp lid top into the covering. Then, part the hair at the back of the cats neck so that some of the skin is exposed, and squeeze. The odourless liquid comes out easily and I assume goes through the skin into the cat.
The product starts to work immediately and to ensure your cat stays worm.free it should be used every three months.
For anyone using it for the first time, the instructions inside the packed give detailed diagram drawing so it really isn't difficult.
My cat is over three years old and having used this every three months since she was a kitten, she really hasn't ever had any worms...or at least there is nothing about her to suggest she has ever had worms.
The product is extremely easy to apply, causes no distress and because it is odourless it doesn't seem to bother her at all. The only thing I don't like about it is the fact that it does make the fur on the back of her neck look a bit greasy for a couple of days. However, this soon goes and it doesn't appear to bother her in the slightest.
A recommended product which I will continue to use.
Thanks for reading
While I am pretty hot on treating my cats for most things, I am not always up to date on whether or not they have been treated for the common pest, tapeworms. I have got better since having children, as I am aware that young children don't have great hygiene and as a result can pick up worms quite easily, and then pass it on through the family, and to other people if they are at school or nursery.
The vet will always ask if I am up to date when we have out annual health check, and if I say no the vet has this skill where he can seemingly magician like make the tablet disappear down the cats throat.
I used to use tablets when my cats were smaller. One cat this was ok with as he was such a guzzle guts I could either put it in some food he would then just swallow, or hold him and make him take the tablet. (This would involve kneeling on the floor with the cat between my legs with his head pointing out. I would have to tip his head up, prise his mouth open, and put the tablet in his mouth. Usually this would be spit up a few times, before we would get it further in his mouth. Then we would hold his head slightly pointing up, and stroke under his chin till he swallowed.)
My other cat is a timid little fellow. He jumps at the slightest noise and mostly lives outside out the way of us all until the kids have gone to bed. When he comes in, if he suspects anything is about to happen, like a vet or cattery visit or a flea/worm treatment, he has a knack of running straight back out.
Last year I was badly scratched by him trying to do routine health maintenance, so I went to the pet shop and asked what they recommended, and I was shown the Bob Martin Spot On Wormer. This is a liquid worming treatment, contained within a small plastic tube, and designed to be administered by applying it to the back of the cats neck. This will then be absorbed into the skin and prevent worm infestation.
I had 2 presents of half eaten mice this past week so I knew it was time to do a worm treatment. I can't stop him catching the mice, but I can stop him being ill after it.
These were only on sale as a pack of 4 treatments, and this cost me £8.50, which if you follow the recommended dosage of one treatment every 3 months, this would be enough for a year for an average sized cat. (1-2.5Kg) One of my boys was a big beast at nearly 8Kg, so when we were treating him he required 2, and probably 3 tubes if I followed the pack recommendations fully. Actually, I should probably use 2 on the other cat too as he is probably around 3 kilos, but one tube seems to be enough. I have never seen any signs that he is suffering ill health or evidence of a worm infestation.
This is suitable for cats and kittens once they are over 1Kg, because of the ratio of active ingredients in the treatment. I make sure I apply it to the back of his neck by parting his fur so it actually goes on to skin, and not just his fur. I keep him indoors for a little while after the treatment, so that I know it has had chance to absorb in. It recommends if you have more than one cat you make sure that the cats do not groom each other after treatment as it is a bitter liquid and might make them salivate.
In terms of my health, I need to wash my hands after applying this product and before eating/drinking. I do this anyway after handling my cat in any form.
I highly rate this method of worm treatment for cats. Using these pipettes is so straightforward. Inside the box, they are sealed in a foil pack which I cut open. I like this as it would be hard for the kids to get into them. Inside is a small white tube. I take off the cap, and then turn it upside down and use the end to puncture the seal on the tube. This bit is very easy.
I can approach the cat when he is sleeping calmly so I am not having to scare him by pinning him down. He might feel me stroking him to part his fur, but this is a lot less traumatic for him and for me compared to the tablets we did use.
I also don't have to follow him round to check that he hasn't pretended to swallow his pill and then watch him spit out a half sucked one which is then no good and we have to get a new tablet out and start the whole process again. Price wise, it is not enough to worry about really. £2.12 ish for 3 months protection for a small cat.
The pack is also very long dated, with the pack I bought last week having a use by date of 2015. If I am a little forgetful, this pack will still be good for a long time.
Unless I see evidence of this not working, then I am happy to use this method for the forseeable future.
As well as treating your cat for fleas and ticks it is also important to deworm your cat. According to an article I read, worms are a common problem in cats and dogs. In fact, most puppies and kittens are born with them, which is why it is important to deworm them once they reach the appropriate age. Although most worms do not cause any serious problems, they can deplete your pet of necessary nutrients and so be nice and responsible towards your cat and make sure you deworm them regularly.
The best product I have found for this task is Bob Martin Spot on Dewormer. According to their packaging they offer fast and 100% effective tapeworm treatment, what could be better than that. Tapeworm is apparently one of the most common worms in cats so this treatment in my opinion is essential.
It's extremely easy to use this treatment. Firstly in order to find out the dose you should know the weight of your cat. A 1-2.5kg cat takes 1 tube of this treatment and a 2.5-5kg cat takes two tubes. As this is quite a harmful treatment if used incorrectly there is a safety seal at the top of the tube which will break once the cap is removed. Then you part the hair on the back of your cats neck until the skin is visible and squeeze the liquid onto the skin, job done. Apparently the product is bitter tasting but by putting it on the back of the neck the cat can't lick it off. After I've applied it to Whizz I like to send her outside to play so she can't put the solution anyway dangerous and I don't stroke her by mistake and get it all over my hands.
As there is no permanent treatment for worms on the back of this packaging they say that vets recommend worming every three months as a routine measure, if it's as easy as this then you have no problem. I have used this on Whizz the cat for several years now and we have never had to go to the vets for worms so I can say that for me this treatment has been 100% effective!