Cats need worming

Japanese-Bobtail-adult-cat-sittingCats are at risk and can be infected with a variety of intestinal parasitic worms. Some of these worms can be passed to humans, sometimes causing people serious health problems.  Control the risk with preventative regular worming of your cat. Often pet owner’s fail to worm their cats on a regular basis because they are unaware of potential consequences.  Here we try to give you some basic information that perhaps you did not know.

The most common worms in cats are:

  • Roundworms (Toxocara cati and Toxascaris leonine).
  • Tapeworm (Dipylidium caninum and Taenia taeniaeformis).
  • Hookworms (Ancylostoma ceylanicum and Ancylostoma tubaeforme).

Hookworms are not common in the UK but with more pets travelling to and from abroad there is the possibility they could be exposed to this type of parasite.  The law requires that all cats travelling abroad are wormed not just for their own safety but to prevent the spread of foreign parasites spreading into the UK.

Cats can become infected by ingestion of larvae or eggs from fleas. The risks are greater if a cat is a hunter for rabbits, rodents, birds, and scavenging for waste food etc that are infected then the cat will also become infected. So de-worming your cat regularly is essential for good health.

Worms carried by cats are a health risk, not only to your pets and your family, but to other people and their pets.

You can regularly protect your cat, for their own safety, from worms at a little cost. Regular preventative treatment is by injection or oral medication.  This is the only practical preventative method of control. If your cat has to be treated for ill health due to worms you will be faced with perhaps costly vet bills and treatment.

De-worming treatment should be carried out at 3 monthly intervals.

Make sure your cat does not have fleas so that they are less likely to ingest them when grooming themselves.  There are several ways for treatment of fleas and prevention of fleas; this too should be carried out on a regular basis.

Generally infected cats do not show signs of worms. If a cat is heavily infested with worms it may have the following symptoms:

  • Weight loss.
  • Poor appetite.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Irritation around the anus.
  • Coughing.

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