There are several different types of worms or parasites that can infect your cat. Some of them have the ability to be treated within the comforts of your home while others require that you take them to the vet.
It is not uncommon for many kittens to be born with roundworms. Your vet will be able to treat the kitten when it goes in for its shots. In order to successfully break the cycle of return you may find the need for several treatments.
Both indoor and outdoor cats may need several treatments – which can be done at home making it easier on you and less expensive. First you need to make sure that your cat does have roundworms by looking for thin spaghetti looking parasites. You should treat immediately and then again 10 days after. The medication used to treat roundworms is mild and very safe to use on a monthly basis if needed. It is easier to use the liquid based treatments.
Cats are infected with tapeworms when they swallow a flea that has swallowed a tapeworm. If your cat has fleas than it is more likely that they have tapeworms also. These parasites are harder to diagnose because they will not show up during a fecal exam.
When looking for them you have to watch as your cat uses the litter box. They will come out of the cat’s anus and stick to the fur around their bottom. They will look just like tiny grains of rice. They can also be spotted in your cat’s fecal matter.
There is medication that can be used to treat tapeworms at your home called Tap Worm Tabs. This is made up of ingredients used in the medication that your vet will give you. However, some people believe that this product is not as effective as the medication that your vet will give you. When in doubt ask your vet what you should use.
Hookworms are one of the more dangerous parasites because they can kill your cat. It is hard to diagnose hookworms during a fecal exam. Signs to look for are anemia, poor stamina, bloody diarrhea, and weakness. If you notice any of these signs it is important that you make an appointment with your vet and bring in a stool sample immediately.
Whipworms are not as common in cats. Signs to look for are weight loss and mucous covered stools. If you notice these signs make an appointment with your vet and bring in a stool sample if you can.
Giardia and Coccidia
If your cat has these two parasites they will experience gas, general bad health, and loose stools. These also require a visit to the vet with a stool sample.