Product Type: Bayer cat accessories
Newest Review: ... these tablets from my vet costs £3 each but if I purchase these on line I can get them for £1.50. As these are non-prescrip... more
Yes we have no worms!
Drontal Cat Tablets
Member Name: SusanLesley
Drontal Cat Tablets
Advantages: It works, it doesn't upset Mew, it's a good price!
Disadvantages: He has to take tablets
As you all must know by now we have been adopted by a stray adult cat who we have called Mew - mainly because when he first started coming to the house for some fuss he was very vocal and I called him Mew as a joke but we all thought the name really suited him. Now I tell everyone that I asked him what his name was and he said 'Mew'!
Anyway a couple of weeks ago we noticed white strands on his fur near his bottom. We obviously knew that these were worms although what we didn't realise until we did a bit of investigation on the Internet was that cats need to be dewormed regularly - especially when they catch and eat all sorts of wildlife like Mew does!
I initially tried Bob Martin Dewormer Granules and they were worse than hopeless. Mew wouldn't eat more than a mouthful of food with the granules on it and that made him sick! If you are interested in more details - of the product NOT the unfortunate effects! - I have written a review. Incidentally I did get my money back from Bob Martins but it was only the £3.78 that we had paid and not a penny more! I thought they might at least round it up to a fiver for the distress caused to Mew but they sent a letter implying that he was sick because of some other reason. Yeah right!
Anyway at the end of this review I asked if anyone could recommend a product which would work. The overwhelming majority suggested either Drontal or a visit to the vet. I decided to give Drontal a try first as we are a bit short on the readies at the moment but we would obviously not want to risk Mew's health in any way.
One of the people who suggested Drontal also told me about a web site called www.hyperdrug.co.uk so I took a look there. Drontal was available in various sized boxes and I decided to buy just a box of two tablets to start with to see if Mew was OK with taking them and I also purchased three doses of Frontline to redo his flea treatment. The Drontal cost £3.99 and the Frontline cost £9.59 and when we were in Pets at Home looking at cat flaps (to then purchase cheaper elsewhere!) we noticed that the items we had purchased cost twice as much there!
The tablets arrived in a simple little cardboard box with a picture of a cat on the front logically enough.
Inside was a set of instructions for use and the two tablets in sealed push out packaging. There were also a couple of little stickers to put on the calendar to remind you to worm the cat again in six months time, although we will do Mew after about four months as he is a hunter and so is more prone to worms apparently.
This time the dose to be given to Mew was in tablet form as opposed to granules, which presented its own problems. How was Mew going to behave when we tried to get him to take tablets?
The instructions set out the various doses according to the weight of the cat to be wormed. As Mew is quite a large cat he had to have one and a half tablets and they were fairly large tablets too! This was going to be interesting to say the least.
Firstly I cut one of the white tablets in half and noticed that there was thick yellow goo in the middle. I decided that I would try and put a piece of tablets inside one of Mew's Felix Lickins Treats but the treat was too dry and it collapsed into crumbs. Next I tried to put some tablet into a piece of meat from one of his packets of food - very messy, smelly and it didn't work! All that happened was that the tablets fell out of the meat as the meat collapsed and then it was all sticky and wet - the tablet I mean!
This was where hubby stepped in to have a go and he used some Whiskas Temptations (I must do a review about those!) and he opened each little treat and replaced the inside with a bit of tablet and , of course, Mew scoffed them quite happily! Typical! The two males in our house stick together and I get ganged up on!
At one point a bit of the tablet fell out of the treat and, bless him, Mew ate it quite happily. This time there were no ill effects as there had been with the Bob Martins Granules.
This was the end of it - Mew only had to have one dose which was nice for us all. Some of the tablets I have seen have doses which need to be repeated to get the desired effect.
So having taken his one and a half tablets have his worms gone? Well I tried to take a look at his bottom - what a charming image that conjures up - and I couldn't see any of the white stringy bits that had originally alerted us to the fact that he had worms. I assume from this fact that the tablets have done their job.
Drontal cat wormer tablets are very effective against most round and tapeworms including the dipylidium tapeworm spread by cat fleas. It says on the website to use Drontal cat tablets every 3 months (hunting cats may need more frequent worming) but as I have already mentioned it says on the instructions in the box that they need doing every 6 months. I think I shall aim to do it again in about 4 months but keep my eye on Mew and move more quickly if I see any sign of the little blighters!
Drontal is not recommended for pregnant cats or kittens under six weeks of age.
In conclusion I would definitely recommend these tablets and the website for that matter and will be using them again for Mew who was completely unperturbed by the whole experience and after all it is his well being that matters here.
Summary: A great way to worm the cat
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