What to do if my cat has worms?
How to remove intestinal worms in cats? That a cat can have worms is something quite common or it may happen to him sometime in his life. But, Why does my cat have worms, where did he get them or where did they come from? How can I get rid of worms? There are several reasons why a cat may have intestinal parasites and there are several ways to get rid of them.
Cats with intestinal parasites may become unwell or lethargic
Intestinal parasites in cats and dogs
Dipylidium caninum, "The dog tapeworm", is a parasite of canids and felids in general, as well as other animals that host fleas.
The worm in its adult form it measures between 15-70 centimeters long by 2.5 - 3 millimeters in diameter and has a coloration that varies between White and the light yellow.
The parasite needs two hosts to develop: a intermediate host (the flea) andfinal guest (usually a mammal).
How do cats get worms?
- By inheriting parasites from your mother, who also had them
- Having fleas or ticks, they gave him the parasite
- By catching it from other animals infected by contact with them
- By ingesting feces from other cats or animals infected with parasites
Symptoms and signs of intestinal parasites in cats
- Loss of appetite
- Malaise and / or lethargic state
- Locate worms in your stool or in your anus
Remember that these symptoms may not always be due to parasites, you must go to the vet because it could be a disease.
How to locate worms in cats?
If you have the symptoms we have mentioned above it may be intestinal parasites. Also if we see them in their stools. Obviously, if we locate in his fur (in the back area) or in his anus worms like the ones in this image (we can see them coming out of or around its anus) clearly have parasites:
How to eliminate roundworms or intestinal parasites in cats?
exist various ways to get rid of intestinal parasites of your cat. The conventional and most used methods are:
- Antiparasitic pills to eliminate parasites. Your vet should prescribe it and will tell you how to administer them and for how long.
- Pipettes (solutions that are applied to the skin) that penetrate and eliminate parasites quickly and easily. It is useful if it is impossible to give your cat pills.
- Also exist home remedies that could eliminate parasites, but its effectiveness cannot be assured to 100%.Important: Consult your vet before to start with any treatment or home remedy.
* Before supplying any medicine or pipette, consult your veterinarian.
Remember to clean your entire home to sanitize everything, as your cat may have left worms:
- Clean the floor with water and bleach and all surfaces as usual.
- Wash their beds and your beddingIf possible at 60º in the washing machine.
- Generally clean your house thoroughly, especially where your cat is most (such as the scratching post, a specific area ...)
- Wash your hands frequently
Home remedies to eliminate intestinal parasites in cats
As I said, We should NOT give our cat any home remedy without first discussing it with an expert veterinarian. Home remedies that are said to work are:
- Fasting with apple cider vinegar: 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar are added to the cat's water (although I doubt that the cat would like to drink this concoction)
- Ground pumpkin seeds: When mixed in your food, it acts as a laxative and can help eliminate the parasite naturally.
- Apply tea tree oil to your anus: To eliminate parasites externally.
- Ground thyme: Crush about a tablespoon of thyme and mix it with your food for several days.
- Crushed garlic: They say to mix a teaspoon of crushed garlic in your food 2 times a day for 15 days. Although garlic is a dubious food, as many include it in harmful food for cats. I would not use it as a remedy, but if you think about doing it, talk to the vet first.
How to prevent my cat from getting worms again?
- The best prevention is that let's deworm our cat periodically preventively, especially if it has contact with the outside or with other pets, then we must deworm it more regularly.
- Cleaning at home is very importantBecause dirt attracts fleas, ticks and more insects to the home. Not forget about clean her litter tray daily.
- That our cat is up to date with its vaccinations and reviews.
Can I get intestinal parasites from cats?
Indeed. We can get intestinal parasites also from our infected pet. Once we detect that our pet has intestinal parasites, we will recommended is that we go to the doctor and let's discuss our concern. There are antiparasitic pills that we can take U.S. They must write us a prescription with the pills and take them as indicated on the leaflet or as indicated by the doctor.
Any concerns you have with your cat, do not hesitate to go to the vet.
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