Ceva Animal Health LLC is the manufacturer of Feliway(r), a popular behavior product for cats. Now Catego(tm) has been introduced. This topical flea and tick treatment for cats contains the active ingredients Pyriproxyfen, Fipronil, and Dinotefuran. Catego kills fleas in 6 hours and has 97% efficacy on the first day. Catego kills fleas twice as fast as Frontline
Frontline Plus for Cats
Frontline Plus for Cats, like Advantage II, contains an agent that prevents flea development and growth. Frontline for Cats is now replaced by Frontline Plus for Cats, which provides a more effective parasite control.
Frontline Plus kills fleas in 24 hours. The fleas are then kept away for one month, stopping new generations from being born. Frontline Plus can also kill ticks and chewing lice, which can carry Lyme Disease.
Parasite control is waterproof so it won’t need to be reapplied after swimming.
Frontline Plus should be used with kittens and cats 8 weeks old or older.
Catego for Cats
Catego is recommended for cats over 1.5 pounds and older than 8 weeks. Catego comes in three dose and six dose cartons. Each dose lasts for one month. The patent-pending applicator tip makes it easy to apply Catego down to the skin. It also minimizes skin abrasions.
Catego kills adult fleas through contact and also breaks the life cycle. This protects against flea re-infestation and multiple stages in the flea cycle.
Catego tackles ticks head-on, killing them before they bite and in all stages of their life. Catego provides protection against many tick species, including Brown dog ticks and American ticks (Dermacentorvariabilis), Lone Star ticks and Deer ticks. Catego kills ticks that could transmit:
- Lyme disease
|Brand Information||Catego was made by Ceva, an American company which manufactures a range of products that meet the medical needs of animals around the world.||Frontline Plus was originally brought to us previously by Merial, now part of Boehringer Ingelheim. Merial is a well-known German company that specializes in animal health care.|
|Ingredients||Catego contains three main ingredients: Fipronil and Dinotefuran. The nervous system of parasites is damaged by the Dinotefuran. The Fipronil causes hyperexcitability, which negatively impacts parasites. The Pyriproxyfen also inhibits the growth and development of insects, which can be detrimental to their reproduction.||Frontline Plus also contains Fipronil, which is an ingredient that eliminates entire parasite lifecycles.|
|Flea killingIngredient||Dinotefuran & Fipronil||Fipronil|
|What is the maximum effect against fleas?||98% fleas are dead within 6 hours||Fleas are dead at 100% within 12 hours|
|Approved for Lactation and Pregnancy (nursing)||No||Yes|
|Oral or topical?||Topical||Topical|
- Popularity & Quality
Both products are excellent. Although Frontline Plus is more well-known and more widely used, Catego is more effective. This will be discussed in more detail below.
- Requirements for Pre-Use
Frontline Plus and Catego require that cats be at least eight weeks old before being used. Cats must also weigh more than 1.5 lbs.
A veterinarian should be consulted before any of these products are applied to cats who are on medication or very old. It is important to have a professional approve any pesticide products that cats are allergic to.
Catego is not recommended for pregnant or nursing cats. Frontline Plus is safe for them.
- How do you decide between Frontline and Catego for Cats
- Catego kills fleas in 6 hours.
- Frontline Plus kills fleas and prevents further development within 24hrs of application. It also continues to work for one month after application.
- Frontline Plus can also protect against lice and ticks.
- Methods of Application
Both cases require that your cat be comfortable so you can apply.
Catego can be applied by bending your cat’s head so that you can see their skin. Apply the product slowly until it is completely emptied. Repeat this process every other month as directed by your veterinarian.
To apply Frontline Plus, you will need to separate the hair between the cat’s shoulder blades. Place the applicator’s tip on the skin. Next, place the tip of the applicator on the skin and squeeze. You will continue this process every month, as directed by your veterinarian.
Catego is slightly more affordable than Frontline Plus. Frontline Plus is slightly more expensive due to its popularity. Frontline Plus is a well-known brand and includes many pet products including Frontline Plus, the original Frontline Plus, Frontline Tri-Act, Frontline Combo, Frontline Tri-Act and Frontect.
Its products can be purchased in both cat and dog versions. Catego is a cat-only company.
- Pros and Cons of Each Product
There is no perfect product. These are some things you should consider when making the right purchase for your pet and yourself.
- Cats may experience vomiting or diarrhea.
- This product is not suitable for pregnant or nursing cats.
- It may not be as effective at killing ticks than it is for fleas.
- Temporary cat irritation.
- Frontline Plus
- It has a slight alcoholic smell.
- Temporary cat irritation.
- It may not be as effective at killing lice as it was with ticks and fleas.
- Catego is not as flexible as Catego.
Hazards To Domestic Animals
Only for external use on kittens and cats over 1.5 lbs and 8 weeks old. This product should not be used on sick, elderly, medicated, nursing, or pregnant cats.
- Monitor your cat after application. After any pesticide is applied to cats, individual sensitivity may develop such as slight transitory redness or erythema, scratching or pruritus, or other signs of discomfort.
- You can bathe your cat with mild soap, shampoo, and large quantities of water if you notice signs of sensitization. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any signs of animal sensitivity.
- Reports of diarrhea and vomiting have been made. These and other side effects should be reported to your doctor. You can also call us at 1-800-999 0297 if you have any questions. When calling your veterinarian, be sure to have the label or product container with you.
- Side effects of Frontline products can be avoided if used correctly. Frontline products should not be used on cats younger than eight weeks old. Frontline products should not be inhaled.
- A temporary irritation at the site of application is the most common effect. Although more severe reactions have been reported, it is rare to see skin that is redder or more irritated. This is a sign that your cat may have an allergy or hypersensitivity to one of the ingredients.
- Frontline products contain three ingredients: fipronil (S)-methoprene and pyriproxyfen. They all have low potential for toxicities, both topically, as well as if inhaled accidentally.
- The products can be very bitter tasting. The bitter taste can cause excessive drooling and agitation in cats if they lick Frontline from a friend or family member.
Catego and Frontline Plus are great products to combat fleas, ticks and lice in your pet’s hair.
Catego is a good option if you are on a tight budget. The only problem with Catego is the fact that it does not offer protection against future generations. Frontline is the better option if you are concerned about this.
It is important to not ignore parasites in pets and that you act fast. The products will work within 24 hours and eliminate the threat. You’ll be able to see your pet back to being happy and healthy afterward.