What to do if my cat has worms
There are two forms of worm (roundworm and tapeworm) that cats can get. The worms are passed from cat to cat through their faeces (waste). Roundworms are often very small and so hard to see. They can be passed by eating grass or drinking water that has been polluted with their faeces. The other type of worm is passed through the faeces of a cat that has been infected with roundworm. The infection can be passed on to other cats, so it is very important that you get your cat treated.
If you think your cat has worms, you should take them to your vet. The vet will examine the cat and, if necessary, take a sample of the cat’s faeces for laboratory tests. Your vet will be able to tell you what type of worms the cat is likely to have and how severe the infection is.
What happens if my cat has worms?
If your cat is infected with roundworms, the worm will grow inside the cat’s body and cause severe diarrhoea. The diarrhoea may get worse over time, and the cat may become very ill. If left untreated, roundworms can cause the cat to lose weight and die.
If your cat has tapeworm, the tapeworm will grow inside the cat’s body, causing severe diarrhoea. The diarrhoea may get worse over time, and the cat may become very ill.
What should I do if my cat has worms?
It’s important to treat cats that have roundworms. Roundworms are very common, and most cats that are infected with them will not show any symptoms.
Roundworms can be treated with a drug called praziquantel (also known as Panacur) that is given to the cat at regular intervals.
If your cat has tapeworms, they can be treated with a drug called ivermectin (also known as Stromectol).
How can I prevent my cat from getting worms?
Cats that have been infected with roundworms will pass the worms on to other cats by contaminating their faeces. Roundworms can also be passed on to other cats when they feed on contaminated food.
There are a number of things you can do to prevent your cat from passing on roundworms and tapeworms to other cats.
If you are going to have a new cat in the family, it’s a good idea to have them tested for worms before they arrive, so that you know how to look after them.
Keep your cat indoors and feed them only on fresh food.
Make sure your cat is wormed regularly by their vet.
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