Introducing NexGard SPECTRA® Spot-On for Cats

NexGard SPECTRA® Spot-On for Cats

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The most complete parasite protection, all in one easy, monthly application

Cats are the masters of multiparasitism, with their natural behaviours and instincts placing them at high risk of ecto- and endoparasites.

For example, roaming exposes cats to fleas, ticks and intestinal parasite eggs and larvae shed by other pets and wildlife; grooming behaviour can result in ingestion of fleas containing flea tapeworm larvae; and hunting exposes cats to roundworm, lungworm and Taenia tapeworms carried by intermediate or paratenic hosts.

More than 80% of owned cats in Australia have some access to the outdoors, increasing their risk of exposure to parasites and infectious diseases.1 However, parasites aren’t only a risk for outdoor cats.

NexGard SPECTRA® Spot-On for Cats

Indoor cats may be exposed due to rodents or other intermediate/paratenic hosts entering the home, environmentally resilient worm eggs being carried in on shoes, heartworm-infected mosquitoes entering the home, or other pets bringing ecto- or endoparasites into the home environment. In fact, in one study, 20% of cats diagnosed with intestinal worms were described by their owners as “indoor only”.2

Broad-spectrum control of the important endoparasites and ectoparasites of cats has traditionally required the use of multiple products – potentially with different dosing intervals and methods of administration.

This can be confusing for pet owners and may reduce compliance. NexGard SPECTRA Spot-On for Cats helps address these challenges – it is Australia’s first and only all-in-one parasiticide for cats, providing protection against fleas, ticks, mites, heartworm, lungworm and intestinal worms (including tapeworms).

NexGard SPECTRA® Spot-On for Cats’ unique combination of three active ingredients (esafoxolaner, eprinomectin and praziquantel) provides the most complete protection available against both external and internal parasites, all in one easy, monthly application. The product is applied topically with an innovative, easy-to-use applicator to reduce stress and mess for cats and their owners. It can be used on all cats from 8 weeks of age and weighing at least 0.8 kg, including breeding, pregnant and lactating queens.

NexGard SPECTRA® Spot-On for Cats

Two applicator sizes are available:

  • For cats over 7.5 kg, the appropriate combination of applicators can be used.
  • Available in 1 month*, 3 month and 6 month protection packs.
  • *Retail single dose packs in vet only.

Parasite protection is not just about  keeping our pets healthy. Cat fleas can transmit zoonotic pathogens and parasites, and roundworms and hookworms can infect and cause disease in people. The monthly dosing regimen of NexGard SPECTRA® aligns perfectly with the recommendations from the Australian Companion Animal

Zoonoses Guidelines which recommend monthly deworming and yearround flea control for all cats to help reduce this risk.3

For more product information and other technical resources, please visit Animal Health Academy by scanning the QR code below or visit When registering for the first time, use the access code: myAcademy. Alternatively, please call our technical assistance line on 1800 808 691. 


  1. Johnston, L., et al (2017) Demographics, lifestyle and veterinary care of cats in Australia and New Zealand. J Feline Med Surg, 1-7.  
  2. Coati, N. et al (2003) Recent investigation on the prevalence of gastrointestinal nematodes in cats from France and Germany. Parasitol Res. 90, S146-S147. 
  3. Australian Companion Animal Zoonoses Advisory Panel (2021) Companion Animal Zoonoses Guidelines. See product label for full claim details and directions for use.


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