How to Give a Cat Comfortis Flea Pills
I have been fighting a flea problem with my indoor cats for several weeks.
All but one of my indoor cats seem to be responding to topicals such as Advantage or Frontline. However, they would still have a few fleas on them in the evening when I would comb them.
But that one cat was still having a flea party despite me trying two kinds of topicals and flea combing him every day.
I went in to talk to my vet's office and they recommended Comfortis (which I already give to my dog).
Here is my review of Comfortis and how to give your cat that large pill with relative ease.
The results of Comfortis make it worth the trouble.
Where to Get Comfortis for Cats
Comfortis is a 30-day pill that gets rid of fleas by killing the adults and breaking the flea cycle. It was approved in August 2012 for use in cats but word has been slow to get out.
You can only get Comfortis from an approved vet office, although some may offer an online prescription.
If your pet is up-to-date on his or her shots, you should have no problem getting the pill.
How Does It Work?
Comfortis is made from a chemical called spinosad which actually originates in soil. Spinosad attacks the nervous system of the flea and then kills it. When a flea bites your cat, it gets a dose of the spinosad.
One of the ways it helps control fleas is by stopping the reproductive cycle. The adult fleas can't live long enough to reproduce.
Correct Dose For Cats
2 to 4 pounds
4.1 to 6 pounds
6.1 to 12 pounds
12.1 to 24 pounds
Over 24 pounds
Combine above pills to reach proper dosage to weight ratio.
Ways to Give Your Cat Comfortis
Many cat owners are hesitant to give their cat Comfortis because of the size of the pill and because it is imperative that the pill is given with food.
I've found a simple solution to take care of both aspects.
How to Give a Cat Comfortis
1. Get a few tablespoons of canned food and place in a bowl.
Make sure it is an easy to digest food
2. Break the Comfortis into 2 or 4 pieces.
The pills are large if your cat is over 12 pounds. They might be able to swallow the smaller one if they are under 12 pounds.
3. Place the cat in your lap, on its back with the spine pressed against your stomach.
You can wrap the cat in a towel with only his or her head sticking out if they tend to fight being handled.
4. Give the cat some food by letting him or her lick it off your finger.
If the cat doesn't want to take it, simply put the food on your finger and wipe it on the roof of their mouth. He or she will be forced to eat it.
5. Give the cat a piece of the pill by either hiding it in their food or gently prying open their mouth and dropping it towards the back of their throat.
To open a stubborn cat's mouth, take your thumb and first finger and place one on either side of the mouth, at the jaw. Press gently to cause the jaw to unhinge then drop the pill as far back in the throat as possible.
6. Give all the pieces of the pill and then follow with the rest of the food.
Make sure to not overfeed the cat. The goal is to line the stomach and keep the cat from throwing up the pill. Guidelines recommend watching your cat for an hour to make sure he or she does not vomit. If they do puke after the hour, it is okay because the pill will already be absorbed. If they vomit before the hour is up, you may want to redose or try a different flea control.
Comfortis for Cats Can Be Used With Other Topicals
When you get Comfortis for your cat, it is important to talk to your vet about the possibility of using it with other medications your pet might be on. Since Comfortis just kills the adult fleas, I also wanted to be able to use a topical such as Frontline or Advantage in order to help inhibit the other life stages of the flea such as the egg and larva.
My vet said that it is safe to give a topical and Comfortis together because they work differently.
Since I am fighting fleas because of being in a southern state and because of the lack of a freezing winter, I have opted to continue topical use along with the Comfortis. Topicals were mostly working but needed that extra push. This pill was what I needed to achieve a flea-free pet once again.
Final Thoughts on Comfortis for Cats and Its Effectiveness
- One of my cats was not responding well to topicals.
- The vet said that some cats' skin and coat chemistry don't spread the flea medication as well.
- I was afraid that Comfortis would make my cat sick when I gave it to him but it didn't.
- Following the steps listed allowed me to ensure my cat took the pill with food, and none of the cats that I gave it to had an adverse reaction including a 14-year-old long-haired tabby.
If you seem to have super fleas or have tried topicals and they have failed, you might consider trying Comfortis, at least for a few months, in order to break the flea cycle.
A Vet Recommends Comfortis
References and Further Reading
- Comfortis® (spinosad) — Comfortis.com
Comfortis® (spinosad) is the first FDA-approved, chewable, flavored tablet that kills fleas and prevents flea infestations on dogs for a full month. See label for safety information.
- How to Get Rid of Cat Fleas and Ticks
Trying to control or get rid of fleas on your cat can be tricky. Here are some economical tips for treating your cat and your home. You don't have to break the bank to find effective treatments.
- Elanco Announces Comfortis® (spinosad) for Cats and Small Dogs | Business Wire
Comfortis® (spinosad), the month-long flavored tablet that has been protecting dogs from fleas since 2007 has now been approved for use in cats.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
My cat does not eat chewables. Can I give the pill as a whole for them to swallow in a pill injecter. I see the effect of the treatment will be the same, even if the tablet is not chewed?
I have a fifteen-pound cat, and the Comfortis she takes is quite large. I break it into four pieces, wrap it in a bit of bread (a dough ball) and have her swallow it. Just make sure the piece is small enough for the cat to swallow.Helpful 15
My cat has a flea allergy and Comfortis works, but she starts to scratch after just 25 days. Can I give another Comfortis flea pill before the full 30 days have passed?
No, you should not give Comfortis sooner. Sometimes Comfortis can be used in addition to other flea medications such as topical or a flea collar. I'd give your vet a call and see if there is an additional way to help get through flea season. (Example, see if the vet thinks it would be okay to apply a topical flea med on, say Day 15, every month, to help make the flea protection last until the cat's next Comfortis.)Helpful 6
I currently have two cats. One is very large and the other is very small. As we all know Comfortis can be expensive. I’m trying to cut cost and would hate to purchase the small and large cat dosage. Is there ways to cut the pill to allow for a smaller dosage?
This could only be recommended by your vet office. Usually they understand that we all need to save money. I would talk to them and find out if there is a way to divide one pill for two cats. I would not recommend trying it on your own as one cat may get too much and one may not get enough.Helpful 5
I gave my cats Comfortis three weeks ago. I’m going back to the store for flea collars. Can I put them on now, or should I wait until four weeks is up?
Generally, a topical flea medication is okay in addition to Comfortis. If you're unsure, give your vet a call and ask them if they are okay with you going ahead and using the flea collar.Helpful 3