Cats, especially those who spend time outdoors, can often end up with intestinal worms. Deworming is very easy and relatively cheap and will rid your cat of all of its worm problems fairly quickly.
What are some types of parasites found in cats?
Some of the most common internal parasites we see in cats include tapeworm, roundworm, and a microscopic parasite called “coccidia”.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
The most common signs that your cat has worms is diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and a big bloated belly. However, these can also be symptoms of hundreds of various medical problems, so if you see your cat showing these signs, you should consider getting them checked by a vet.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
While humans can get worms as well, there are not many species that affect both cats and humans and it is highly unlikely that you will get worms from your cat. Very old, very young or immunocompromised individuals are at increased risk, but just washing your hands after handling the litter or the cat will decrease the risk.
What is the deworming schedule?
The general rule for cats is to deworm twice a year. If your cat never goes outside, deworming once a year should be sufficient. If your cat goes outdoors and is a big hunter, deworming three or more times a year may be needed. They should be dewormed any time tapeworm segments are noticed in the cat’s stool or stuck to the hair around the anus.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
Side effects from dewormer are rare, but could include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite or increased salivation. These are usually seen within 24 hours of taking the medication, but as previously stated, they are not very common! If you suspect your cat is experiencing these side effects, please call us at (506)622-2355.