For some years our office has been providing subsidised flea and worm treatment to the public. The intention was to provide a mechanism for owners in severe financial hardship to treat their cats for fleas and worms. Unfortunately the scheme has become a victim of its own success and, despite changes to the criteria, the demand is just too high to cope with. As a result our office staff are spending more time preparing and selling these products instead of dealing with more vital tasks such as arranging for cats to be desexed via our Feline Fix desexing programme and assisting people with stray, abandoned or unwanted cats and kittens.
We therefore regret to advise that we will no longer be selling flea and worm treatments, effective immediately. This decision has not been taken lightly and any abuse of our staff as a result will not be tolerated.
If you are struggling to afford flea and worm treatments we suggest that you shop around. Big pet stores such as Animates and online pet supply companies often have suitable treatments on special offer – we did a short online trawl and found Frontline at $43.82 for a pack of 6 (that’s $7.30 per treatment) and Drontal worming tablets at $2 each. Some vet clinics will sell single flea treatments for customers on tight budgets and – unless your cat has a flea allergy or is an active hunter – it is possible to economise by leaving a longer interval between treatments, especially during the colder months.