Fleas, lice, worms, and protozoa are examples of parasitic creatures that can live on or in your body and eat your nutrients to survive. Preventing family members from contracting these creatures is crucial, as the parasites can affect a wide range of species, including humans, cats, and dogs, and some can even spread between species. It can be difficult to tell if your cat has worms because most adult cat worms live in the intestines of your pets and detecting them would require microscopic examination. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to use regular preventative treatment to make sure your cat doesn’t get a nasty infection. (Also read: International Cat Day: 5 ways to pamper your feline friend )
“Kittens will be exposed to worms from any eggs their mother lays, there are even worms that are passed to the kitten through their mother’s milk. Fleas carry tapeworm eggs, these tapeworms easily attach to the kitten’s intestine and can cause a range of problems from diarrhea and malabsorption to complete intestinal obstruction. Using the best flea treatment for your cat will help prevent fleas and worms from targeting a litter of kittens” , explains Lindsay Rose, chief veterinarian at Protect My Pet, she further suggested important ways to protect your cat from worms.
- Make sure your pet’s worming treatment is up to date
There are many ways your pet can become infected with intestinal worms. Eating raw meat increases the risk of contamination. If your pet is raw fed or a hunter, it’s especially important to make sure their deworming treatment is up to date.
- Choose a worming treatment that kills all four types of worms
“In cats, there are four common types of intestinal worms: roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms.” You must choose a worming treatment that kills these four worms.
- Use regular preventative treatment
Symptoms of cat intestinal worms include diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, lethargy, and poor coat. It is recommended to use regular preventative treatment to ensure your cat is not affected.
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