Intestinal parasites are parasites that live inside the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Intestinal parasites consume some of the nutrition intended for the cat. This can result in weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, and overall health deterioration.
It's important to maintain a clean litter box and ensure your cat is on a monthly heartworm preventative that contains a dewormer. If your cat is indoor, keep everything clean. If they're outdoor, they should be dewormed once monthly.
Signs and symptoms of intestinal parasites in cats include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, poor coat condition, and in severe cases, it could even lead to death.
Most of the time, no. Most of these worms are microscopic and need to be examined under a microscope. However, sometimes tapeworms can be seen, which look like small moving grains of rice.
Veterinarians typically ask for a fecal sample that can be examined under a microscope for the presence of parasite eggs.
Possible conditions caused by intestinal parasites include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite. Treatment generally involves the use of dewormers such as Profender that are applied to the base of their neck, or sometimes, oral medication is necessary.
Early detection is crucial because these parasites affect the cat's GI system, preventing them from getting proper nutrition. If left untreated, it could lead to gastrointestinal issues, immobility, and even death.
I recommend bringing your cat to the vet for deworming as soon as you get them. We like to start deworming kittens at eight weeks, and if you adopt from a shelter, it's best to bring them in for a check-up immediately.
Cat Deworming - FAQs 1
We ask that you bring a fecal sample to your appointment. We can then examine it under a microscope.
We use a few different medications, but the most common is a product called Profender, which is applied between the cat's shoulder blades. Additionally, most monthly heartworm preventatives also contain a dewormer.
Yes, you can deworm your cat at home. However, we recommend using the medications that we prescribe.
We usually recommend monthly deworming, alongside their heartworm preventative.
Typically, there are no noticeable effects. The medication will kill any parasites present. In some cases, you may notice a small amount of diarrhea, but most often there will be no obvious changes.
Yes, I strongly recommend deworming. Cats are always in and out of a litter box, so their paws are never fully clean, making it easy for them to pick up parasites.
If your cat gets worms, they may experience vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, and a dull hair coat. In severe cases, it can lead to death.
Cat Deworming - FAQs 2
Yes, all intestinal parasites can be prevented.
Cats can acquire parasites when they clean their feet after using the litter box or going outside. The parasites could possibly get picked up during this process.
Unfortunately, yes, indoor cats can also get intestinal parasites because we could inadvertently bring the parasite eggs in on our shoes.
To prevent tapeworms, it is essential to prevent fleas as well. This can be done by ensuring that your cat is on a monthly flea preventative treatment.
Yes, there is. I usually recommend a monthly heartworm preventative treatment, which typically includes a dewormer.
Keeping the litter box clean is crucial. I recommend cleaning it at least weekly, if not daily.
Yes, some intestinal worms can also affect humans. Hence, it is important to maintain cleanliness and wash your hands after cleaning the litter box.
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