What are hookworms in cats
Hookworms are a tiny parasitic roundworm that can infect cats. The adult worms grow up to only a half inch long, with males and females both having a tiny head and curved, hook-shaped mouth. These worms live in the small intestine, where they feed on blood, which causes the signs of infection. Hookworms can infect cats who have traveled to areas where they are found.
How do hookworms in cats lead to disease?
Cats who are infected with hookworms are often asymptomatic, meaning they have no signs of being infected. However, they can be carriers of the parasite. Cats who are infected with the hookworm may shed the worms in feces and may be infected for several months before signs of disease appear. The result of this infection is anemia.
Symptoms of hookworms in cats
The signs of hookworm infection in cats include:
Vomiting, lasting from a few hours to a few days.
Diarrhea, lasting from a few hours to a few days.
Loss of appetite.
How to diagnose hookworms in cats
In some cases, a veterinarian may need to examine the cat before the diagnosis can be made. In these cases, the veterinarian may perform a fecal flotation test to identify the hookworm in the feces. In other cases, the veterinarian may take a sample of the blood to identify the hookworm.
How can hookworms in cats be treated?
Hookworms in cats can be treated with a medication called ivermectin. This medication is only available in veterinary clinics and may be administered as a single dose.
How can I prevent hookworms in cats?
There is no way to prevent hookworms in cats. Cats who are traveling to areas where hookworms are found should be treated for this infection.
How can I identify hookworms in cats?
Hookworms in cats are small parasites that look like a headless worm. Hookworms in cats are the same as those found in other mammals.
How do I prevent hookworms in cats?
How do hookworms in cats affect the health of cats?
Hookworms in cats can cause anemia.
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