Revolution for Cats is a prescription medicine for cats 8 weeks and older. A clear to slightly colored liquid, this topical solution is used to treat a number of parasites and prevent reinfestation. Its main active ingredient is selamectin.
Revolution is prescribed for the following:
• Flea infestations: Stops current infestation and prevent reinfestation.
• Fleas: Kills adult fleas. Also prevents eggs from hatching for 30 days.
• Intestinal worms: Treats and prevents hookworm and roundworm.
• Heartworm: Prevents heartworm disease.
• Ear mites: Treats infestations.
Dosages and Packaging
Use one dose per cat per month. It is usually placed between the shoulder blades so the cat can’t immediately lick it off, but your vet will give you detailed instructions.
The amount given depends on the cat’s weight. The manufacturer suggested minimum dose for cats is approximately 2.7mg of selamectin per 1 pound of body weight for cats at least 8 weeks old. The doses are premeasured in small ampules which come either 3 or 6 to a package.
The color of the box corresponds to the weight as dosage:
• Cats up to 5 pounds: mauve box, 15 mg per tube
• Cats 5.1-15 pounds: blue box, 45 mg per tube
• Cats 15.1-22 pounds: taupe box, 60 mg per tube
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to work?
About 98% of the fleas are killed within 36 hours. It also keeps flea eggs from hatching.
What if my cat licks it?
Revolution is exceptionally bitter tasting, so your cat will probably stop after 1 lick. He may salivate a little after licking it, but that is a reaction to the taste, not the medicine itself.
My cat is pregnant/nursing. Can she have Revolution for Cats?
Revolution is safe for both pregnant and lactating cats.
How does the medicine only hurt the insects but not my cat?
Revolution attacks special receptors on the insects which vertebrate animals do not have (except specific fish and some turtles).
Is it dangerous if I touch it?
It’s not considered very dangerous if you get it on your hands while applying it, but washing thoroughly with soap and water is a good idea.
In rare cases, some people have had allergic reactions to it, causing a rash, itching, or hives. In that case users should wear gloves.
If it gets in your eyes, rinse immediately with saline or water and seek medical help.
If someone ingests Revolution, get immediate medical help.
Is it flammable?
The medicine is flammable, so keep it away from heat and open flame (including cigarettes). If it does catch on fire, treat it as you would an oil fire. Do not use water on the flames. Use carbon dioxide, foam, or a dry chemical extinguisher.