Our cats and their worms….
The most common intestinal worms’ cats get are called roundworms and tapeworms. Most infected cats do not show signs of having worms. Very heavy burdens of worms can cause weight loss, vomiting and diarrhoea and irritation around the anus.
In addition to our feline pets, importantly, some worms can also be passed on to humans and on rare occasions can be a cause of serious human disease. For these reasons, regular treatment of cats and kittens to prevent or eliminate worms is very important.
Intestinal roundworms, particularly Toxocara species, are the most common intestinal parasites in cats and occur in cats of all ages throughout the world. Eggs from these worms are passed in the faeces and can remain viable in the environment for years, either infected another cat by being eaten directly or in cats who hunt, via a mouse or vole. All mother cats also pass on worms to their kittens.
In most cases, regular routine treatment for roundworms is recommended throughout a cat’s life. However, to determine if a cat is actually infected with worms, a faeces sample can be collected and examined in the laboratory to look for the presence of the worm eggs.
Tapeworms are generally long flat worms composed of many segments passed in the faeces. These segments often resemble grains of rice and can sometimes be seen on the hair around the anus of the cat, in the faeces and on the cat’s bed. Some tapeworms are transmitted by hunting, others by fleas.
What effective product to worm your cat with and how often to do this is variable and it is always best to come and speak with us so we can give you advice specifically for your pet’s requirements. For example, are you aware there is a very effective spot-on wormer for cats who are impossible to tablet?
See our Facebook page for a video we have made demonstrating how to give your cat a tablet, if you want to give this a go!