Worms in Cats
Cats are feral animals that manage themselves within wild conditions. This is why it is very likely for them to catch worms at some point in their lives. Worms in cats are so common that it is actually more unusual to find them not exposed to these parasites.
These worms in cats can cause a series of symptoms and cat diseases that need to be treated to avoid any complications.
How do Cats Get Worms?
Cats can get infected with worms in many ways. Usually, the cat walks on infected feces, which adheres to his claws. During grooming, the cat will pass on those worms to his system.
If a mother is infected with any type of worm, she can pass it on to her kittens. This can cause serious diseases on them due to their vulnerability. Other times, cats hunt for mice that have worm larvae inhabiting their tissue. The cat then eats this infected mouse, bringing the parasite to his own body.
Types of Worms in Cats
Cats can get infected with certain types of worms. The most common are:
- Roundworms are the most common type of parasite in cats. These spaghetti-like worms can be three to four inches long.
- Hookworms mostly reside in the small intestine and they are much smaller than roundworms. Thes parasites are passed on in the stool. Hookworms feed on the host’s blood, which can lead to anemia, life-threating, especially in kittens.
- Tapeworms can range from 4 to 28 inches in length. These worms can cause vomiting and intestinal infection.
The types of symptoms will depend on the type of worm the cat gets. But there are some that are general and common to all infections.
- Vomiting in cats
- Diarrhea in cats
- Weight loss
- Worms visible in the stool or segments of the worm hanging from the cat’s rear.
- Bloody stool
- Difficulty to breath
If you suspect that your cat might have worms, make sure to take him to the veterinarian. Do not diagnose and medicate your cat. It is important to know what type of worm he has in order to provide a better treatment.
Once the type of worm your cat is infected is identified, a specific medication will be prescribed, which is usually an oral deworming agent.
To keep your cat from getting any type of worm, do the following:
- Free your house or apartment for flea, indoors and outdoors.
- Try to keep your cat indoors to avoid infestation from outside agents.
- Dispose of your cat’s stool frequently.
- Consult with a veterinarian about the best course of action to give your dog anti-parasites.
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