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Tips to Help Easily Apply Revolution Plus to Your Cat

Jacob is an activist & writer living in D.C. He loves sharing his unique expertise on a wide-range of health & lifestyle topics.

Revolution Plus is one of the newest flea & tick prevention medicines for cats.  In the United States, it must be prescribed by a licensed veterinarian.

Revolution Plus is one of the newest flea & tick prevention medicines for cats. In the United States, it must be prescribed by a licensed veterinarian.

What Is Revolution Plus?

Early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, I found a sweet, friendly stray cat in a parking lot near my house. I decided to bring him home and make him part of my family. I love having him in my home, but I can tell he still likes to go outside sometimes.

I got a leash and a harness so I could take him on walks, and his vet told me it was important to have some sort of flea and tick protection for him because we would be going outside fairly often. The veterinarian recommended a topical preventative medicine called Revolution Plus, which offers cats a broad range of protection against mites, heartworms, hookworms, and other parasitic illnesses.

Revolution Plus is a convenient medicine that just needs to be applied topically every 30 days. One dose keeps fleas and ticks away for an entire month. Revolution Plus can only be prescribed by a licensed vet (it is not available over the counter), and it is available in different dosages depending on your cat’s weight. Regardless of the dosage your pet health professional prescribes, the medicine will be applied the same way.

Getting Ready to Apply the Medicine

The first step in the application process is preparing the medicine to be applied. Revolution Plus comes in single-use vials which contain one application of the medicine for your cat.

You will need to remove the vial of medicine from the blister packaging it comes in, and then press the cap on the vial down firmly until you hear a click. It is important you keep pressing until you hear the click, as you need to puncture a hole in the vial for the medicine to flow out of it and onto your cat. Once you hear the click, simply pull off the cap and discard it.

Next, you will need to select an application site on your cat’s skin where you will apply the medicine. The manufacturer recommends applying this medication to the base of your cat’s neck, just above the shoulder blades. You may need to remove your cat’s collar to access a good spot. This area is one of the few areas of your cat’s body where they can not reach with their tongue, which is important because the medicine must be absorbed thru the skin and it won’t be effective if your cat licks it off.

Tips for a Successful Application

Once you know where you want to apply the medicine, you want to make a part in your cat's fur until you can see the bare skin. Depending on your cat’s fur, you may need to “comb” through it with your fingers a few times until you make a suitable part to see the skin.

When you have parted the fur down to the skin, hold the fur on either side of the part down with your fingers, and using your other hand squeeze all the liquid in the Revolution vial directly onto your cat’s skin. It is important to empty the vial so your cat gets the complete dose of medicine.

If you have trouble with your cat trying to get away while you apply the medicine, you may find it helpful to place your cat on the couch or bed next to you, very close to your body. In this way, you can gently lean your body over your cat to hold them in place while still keeping both of your hands free to spread the fur and squeeze the liquid medication out of the tube. Some people find they are able to apply the monthly dose to their cat while they are eating, as they are naturally standing in one spot and preoccupied with food in front of them. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find a good routine that is comfortable for you and your cat.

Once you have finished applying the flea preventative to your cat, it is a good idea to wash your hands in case you got any medicine on them. The medicine will take a few hours to completely dry, and you may notice a wet spot or some white residue on your cat's fur after you apply it. This is completely normal and no cause for alarm.

After I am finished putting the Revolution Plus on my cat, I like to immediately set a reminder on my phone for 30 days out, so I know exactly when I will need to apply the next dose. I also like to call my vet for a refill the day I apply the last dose in the box, so I can always keep my cat’s flea & tick prevention current.

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.

© 2022 Jacob McGee