Flea and tick medication for your cat

Are there fleas on your cat? Or are you concerned there might be in the future? Fleas are the most common external parasite seen on cats. If your cat is scratching more than normal, has hair loss around his lower back/tail area, or has tiny black dots that look like pepper in his fur, they most likely have fleas.

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Flea and tick treatment for cats

Pet parents who live in New York or New Jersey can now get tick and flea prevention and treatment for cats via video with a licensed veterinarian at FirstVet. At FirstVet, we prescribe more effective tick and flea medication than the one you get over the counter or buy online without a prescription.

Flea and tick season occurs during the warmer months of the year. But these parasites are hardy and can survive throughout the year. This means that even in the harsh winter there can be fleas and ticks on cats. Because of this, most vets recommend year-round flea and tick prevention for all.

Pet parents who live in New York or New Jersey can now get tick and flea prevention and treatment for cats via video with a licensed veterinarian at FirstVet.

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What is needed to receive flea and tick medication online?

Book a video consultation with an experienced cat veterinarian within minutes

✓ Reside in New York or New Jersey

✓ Have a FirstVet subscription - 6 month or yearly

✓ Book a consultation with a licensed vet at FirstVet

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Flea and tick treatment for cats online

We’ve teamed up with Vetsource, a veterinarian-trusted online pet pharmacy, to make it easy to get flea and tick medicine for your cat. You can order topical treatments, chewable tablets, collars, and more!

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How it works

1. Download the FirstVet App

Create an account using your email address and cell phone number. Next, you’ll be asked to create a profile for each of your pets.

2. Start a chat with us

Select a case type and start describing your pet’s symptoms and any questions or concerns you may have.

3. Your FirstVet video call

If our vets need to take a closer look, we’ll switch to a video consultation

4. Get the record sent to your email

After your chat, you’ll get an email with details for your pet’s medical record.

Find the best flea and tick medication for your cat

There are many different types of tick and flea medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, and it can sometimes be difficult to know which one to choose. Our vets can give you advice about treatment and prescriptions for effective flea and tick preventatives that suit your cat's needs.

1. Flea and Tick Collars

Cat flea and tick collars are ‘impregnated’ with active ingredients that are slowly released from the collar and spread over a cat’s body through the oils on the skin and hair coat. The chemicals on the collars usually start working within 24 hours of being attached to the cat’s body. The chemicals can kill fleas and ticks and the protection from the collars lasts about seven months.

2. Spot-on Flea and Tick Preventatives

Spot-on flea and tick products consist of liquid or gel that is applied between the shoulder blades or down the back of your cat. The chemical solution spreads quickly through your cat’s skin and hair coat via the oil glands. Spot-ons can kill fleas and ticks within one day after application.

3. Oral Flea and Tick Preventatives

Oral flea and tick preventatives come as pills or chewables. They can be a better option than other modes of treatment that leave residue on your cat’s skin and hair coat. One flea and tick medication has been formulated to kill adult fleas within 30 minutes and can be given to your cat daily.

A prescription for tick or flea medication provides long-lasting protection and can be prescribed if it’s deemed appropriate by our veterinarians. If a prescription medication does not suit your cat, we can advise on suitable alternatives.

To know which product is best for your cat, and to determine if a prescription flea and tick medication can be prescribed, the veterinarian needs to consider a number of factors:

  • Breed and type of fur

  • Previous illnesses/sensitivity

  • Possible side effects

  • Children and other pets in the household

Flea and tick prevention for cat is included in our subscriptions

If you download our app today and sign up for our 6 month or yearly subscription service you will also be able to benefit from our prescription service - if you live in New York or New Jersey.

6-month Subscription

  • Unlimited access for just $65
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Prescriptions (in select states)
  • Cancel anytime
Save $40

Annual Subscription

  • Unlimited vet visits for just $90
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Prescriptions (in select states)
  • Billed annually

Meet some of our vets that can help you out with your cat’s flea and tick treatment

Our licensed veterinarians know that you love your cat and want the very best care, day or night. Our vets are here to provide you with peace of mind and education about the health of your cat. On average, our veterinarians have over 10 years of clinical experience and are trained to help make you informed decisions about your pet’s illness or injury.

Dr. Jessica Lowe (Lead Veterinarian)

Dr. Jessica Lowe (Lead Veterinarian)

Dr. Jessica Lowe graduated from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to that, Dr. Lowe attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she earned her first degree. She has a diverse background, working in small animal medicine, emergency veterinary medicine, exotic medicine, lab animal medicine and public health veterinary medicine, for over 10 years. Dr. Lowe has a special interest in feline medicine and internal medicine. She has 2 cats at home and enjoys outdoor biking and traveling. Dr. Lowe joined FirsVet in 2021.

Dr. Allison Schwartz

Dr. Allison Schwartz

Dr. Allison Schwartz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery rotating Internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in NJ. Since completing her internship, Dr. Schwartz has enjoyed being a small animal general practitioner, with a special interest in dentistry, pediatrics, and surgery. In her free time, Dr. Schwartz enjoys baking, cooking, reading, and of course spending time with her husband and young son. Dr. Schwartz joined FirstVet in 2021.

Dr. Diane Givler

Dr. Diane Givler

Dr. Diane Givler received her veterinary degree from Ross University in 2008 and spent her clinical year at LSU (Geaux Tigers!). She is originally from Pennsylvania, and has practiced small animal medicine in Rochester, NY, Columbia, SC, and Southport, NC. Dr. Givler has worked in small private-owned hospitals, large corporate hospitals, and on a non-profit surgically-equipped spay/neuter RV. Most recently she has been self-employed as a relief veterinarian and is currently living on a 58 foot sailboat with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. Dr. Givler joined FirstVet in 2020.

Dr. Eve Cohen

Dr. Eve Cohen

Dr. Eve Cohen received her veterinary degree from St. Matthew's University in Grand Cayman in 2014 and spent her clinical year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in New York City. Dr. Cohen has been a small animal general practitioner in NYC, Long Island, and Bluffton, SC. Her special interests include anesthesia and pain management, geriatric care, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Dr. Cohen is a classically trained violinist and violist and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Skidmore College. She lives in Bluffton, SC with her fiance, 3 rescued cats and a toy poodle - all named after musical references. Dr. Cohen joined FirstVet in 2020.

What do our customers say about our meds online service?

I am at a loss for words at how pleased I am with the service I received. I am going to recommend this app to everyone I know thank you thank you from me and my fur baby Winchester.

Christine (Winchester)

Amazing service, and Dr. Strange was wonderful in her consultation.

David and Jen (Boba)

Amazing. Such a good first step in care. So relieved to eliminate my self diagnosed imagination of things wrong with my pup.

Matt (Nalu)