What to do if a cat has worms
Cat worms are a serious problem because helminths cause great harm to the animal. If the infection still happened, the owner should know how to give the cat a tablet for worms and how to prevent the recurrence of parasites.
Types of helminths in cats
There are two types of worms that a cat can get:
Nematodes. Most often, these roundworms enter the body of an animal through food caught outside (for example, a mouse). If the pregnant cat is infected with nematodes, then their larvae will be transferred to kittens.
Cestodes. They are fixed on the intestinal wall and feed on blood, which causes damage to the mucosa. Usually these tapeworms are found in adults. A cat can become infected by eating insects, rodents and raw freshwater fish.
Worms are dangerous for any animal, as they upset the metabolism and cause nutrient deficiencies. In addition, they suppress the immune system, which, in turn, can cause other diseases.
Symptoms of worms in cats
It is necessary to constantly monitor the pet’s health and check if the cat has worms. Symptoms of infection are as follows:
Digestive problems: diarrhea, blood in feces, poor appetite;
discharge from the eyes.
Signs of worms in a kitten also include a hard, swollen belly – in adult cats this may not be noticeable. If the pet has been suffering from parasites for a long time, it becomes depressed and sluggish, it becomes constipated, and the mucous membranes turn pale. Also, the pet may increase body temperature.
Treatment of cats for worms
If you are sure that the cat has worms, what to do – you will have to give him pills. Parasites are derived using anthelmintic drugs, and the procedure is called deworming. It is recommended to purchase drugs of complex effect in order to destroy all possible types of parasites in the animal’s body.
Usually, the owners are faced with problems when trying to give a medicine, so you should learn from a specialist how to remove worms from a cat. If the pet spits out a pill, it can be crushed and added to water or milk, type in a syringe and give the cat a drink. In this case, you must first immobilize a blanket or ask someone to hold it. In addition, there are special tablet pressors that can be bought at a vet pharmacy.
Pet worms can appear at any time of the year, but this usually happens during the warm season, since favorable conditions are necessary for the development of parasite eggs. They are spread everywhere, which is why they are easy to bring home on shoes or clothes. Worms in a cat or a cat may appear after walking on the street – just eat or nibble something.
As a preventive measure, it is necessary to give a pet a pill with the following frequency:
1 time in 3-4 months;
10 days before vaccination;
20 days before and after delivery;
Kittens worms are displayed as soon as the kitten turns 3 weeks old.
Pet health – in the hands of the owner. De-worming should be regular, because parasites are dangerous not only for the animal, but also for humans.