The Difference between Frontline and Frontline Plus for Cats

Frontline Plus for cats can help with constant itching. Fleas and ticks not only cause irritation to the skin, they can also carry potentially harmful diseases. So, it is important that your cat has flea and tick preventative treatment.

How Do Fleas and Ticks Affect a Cat?

Itching and scratching are some of the smaller concerns when it comes to fleas and ticks. It is the disease carrying capability of these pests that can make a cat owner uncomfortable. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but a lot of them do. Just one bite from an infected tick can cause your cat to become infected with Lyme disease.

Fleas are equally dangerous to your cat because they can carry the tapeworm parasite. If a flea is infected with the tapeworm parasite, and your cat ingests it while grooming, your cat has just been infected with tapeworms.

Uncontrolled fleas and ticks can lead to a variety of consequences for your cat. Not only can they cause Lyme disease and tapeworms, but they can also cause allergies and an unsafe loss of blood.

What Is Frontline for Cats?

Frontline for cats is a topical treatment that is effective at killing both fleas and ticks. Although there is also a spray version of Frontline, it can sometimes be difficult to get your cat to actually sit for being sprayed. While it is just as effective as the topical drops, most cat owners prefer the topical drops to spray because it is easier to use.

Frontline uses an active ingredient known as fipronil. Fipronil spreads through the body’s oil glands underneath the skin. Once the fipronil reaches the oil glands, it is then dispersed to the hair and skin through your cat’s hair follicles. Frontline for cats is very effective at killing fleas and ticks before they even bite and is usually effective within 24 hours after dosing. It is given in monthly doses.

What Is Frontline Plus for Cats?

Frontline Plus for cats uses the same active ingredient, fipronil, to kill fleas and ticks. However, Frontline Plus also has an additional ingredient called (S)-methoprene. (S)-methoprene is an Insect Growth Regulator, or IGR. The Insect Growth Regulator prohibits fleas and ticks from maturing and being able to reproduce. With this added ingredient, Frontline Plus for cats offers double protection for your cat not only by killing the existing fleas and ticks that your cat carries, but also by interfering with their reproductive cycle.

Are Frontline and Frontline Plus Equally Effective?

Both Frontline and Frontline Plus for cats will be able to effectively rid your cat of his flea or tick infestation. With either product, the important thing is that you are treating your cat for fleas and ticks, rather than leaving him untreated and open to the diseases that they can carry.