Many people feel uncomfortable when they think about worms. Still, it’s important to keep an eye on these parasites, especially if you own a cat. A kitten may develop growth retardation and deficiency symptoms as a result of worms. Adult cats are less affected, but suffice it to say that deworming your cat is a must.
How Can Cats Become Infected with Worms? And they Deworm
Worms are parasites that can infect a kitten through mother’s milk or an adult cat through flea eggs or contact with other animals. Roundworms and tapeworms are the most common species found in cats. A sick kitten may have developmental delays and a weakened immune system because they cannot get all the nutrients they need from food. Humans can also become infected with worms. This highlights the importance of deworming your cat.
Some of the most common ways cats contract worms are as follows:
- Eating spoiled breast milk while breastfeeding
- Rolling in contaminated dirt, sniffing, eating, walking, or licking the dirt
- Consumption of contaminated prey such as rodents, birds, and reptiles
- Bite and swallowed by mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks
- Contact with a cat or similar sick animal
- Eating or having contact with the feces or vomit of an infectious animal
It is important to know that worms in cats if left untreated, can cause serious medical problems and health problems. That’s why we recommend talking to your veterinarian about a cat worm control plan. Read on to learn how to recognize some common cat worm symptoms and how to prevent the presence and spread of worms in your home and family.
Symptoms of Cat Worms
It’s important for cat owners to be on the lookout for worm symptoms because, by the time your feline friend is showing signs of infection, he or she is usually well advanced. The most common signs of worm infestation in cats include the following:
- Weight loss is associated with a significant increase or decrease in appetite
- Bloated abdomen or “pot-bellied” appearance
- Diarrhea/unusually loose stools on a continuous basis
- Persistent cough
- Thinning of the coat and/or hair loss associated with skin irritation/inflammation
- Rubbing or dragging the ground with the hindquarters
- Visible tapeworm segments attached to the skin and hair on the anus/hindquarters of cats
- Roundworms in infected cat feces that resemble small grains of rice
These worms in cat’s symptoms can also indicate other diseases. That’s why you should see your veterinarian immediately if you suspect or observe any of these feline worm symptoms in your feline pal.
When is the Best Time to Deworm My Cat?
Since virtually all kittens are infected with roundworms, deworming your cat from a young age is crucial. Deworm is a kitten at four, six, and eight weeks of age. Treatment should be repeated at four and six months of age. Adult cats are less sensitive to worms than kittens, but should still be dewormed. It is recommended that adult cats be dewormed every two to six months with a preparation that kills both roundworms and tapeworms. The prerequisite for this is that your cat goes outside regularly. Consult your veterinarian for a recommendation tailored to your cat.
Can I Get Worms From My Cat?
Yes. While basic cleanliness (especially hand washing) is rare, certain forms of worms can be transmitted by your cat. It is therefore important that you protect your cat, your family, and yourself from worms by deworming your cat and preventing contamination.