Ticks can be a problem for some cats, but in general, ticks do not seem to infest cats as often as they are found on dogs. The reason for this may be that cats tend to groom themselves continually and thus may be more effective at removing ticks from the hair coat either before the ticks attach or shortly after attachment. Nevertheless, cats which are prone to tick infestations will need a tick control medicine to eliminate the infestation.
Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Medicine for Cats
Frontline Plus is the most commonly used flea and tick medicine for cats. Frontline Plus effectively kills fleas and ticks on cats when applied according to label directions. Frontline Plus also contains an active ingredient which makes Frontline Plus effective in killing flea eggs and larvae as well.
Frontline Plus is a liquid medication which is used as a spot-on topical medication. Frontline Plus is applied to the cat’s skin between the shoulder blades or on the back of the neck. Frontline Plus should be applied monthly and it is recommended to be used year round, even in climates which experience cold winters, due to recent evidence that fleas and ticks can survive the winter weather under certain conditions.
Frontline Top Spot and Frontline Spray Tick Medicine for Cats
Frontline Top Spot and Frontline Spray are the other two Frontline products sometimes offered for sale for use in killing ticks on cats. Frontline Top Spot resembles Frontline Plus in that it is a topical spot-on medicine which should be used monthly for controlling fleas and ticks. Frontline Spray is, as the name implies a spray which is recommended on a monthly basis to kill fleas and ticks.
Bio Spot Spot On Tick Medicine for Cats
Unlike Frontline Plus, Frontline Top Spot and Frontline Spray do not contain the active ingredient which enables Frontline Plus to kill flea eggs and larvae, so Frontline Top Spot and Frontline Spray are recommended much less often as a flea and/or tick medicine for cats.
Bio Spot Spot On for cats is another topical spot-on medication which is marketed to kill ticks on cats. Bio Spot for cats kills fleas, flea eggs, ticks and kills and repels mosquitoes. Bio Spot Spot On should be used once monthly in cats.
Revolution, Advantage and Advantage Multi for Cats
Revolution, Advantage and Advantage Multi for cats are all commonly used flea medicines. However, none of these products carry a product label which approves the product for use in controlling ticks on cats. While there is some anecdotal evidence that these products may have some efficacy against ticks, they should not be relied on to control ticks without further laboratory evaluation relating to their efficacy against ticks.
The Best Tick Medicine for Cats
Product choices effective in controlling ticks in cats is much more limited than choices for flea control. For many cats, ticks may not be a major concern. However, for cats which frequent areas which are heavily infested with ticks, Frontline Plus remains the product most often recommended by veterinarians for tick control in cats.