No one wants to think about their cats having parasites, but it happens. Thankfully there are simple solutions. In some cases, it can be as easy as giving them a topical product.
What are some types of parasites found in cats?
Kittens are more likely to have roundworms. Adult cats – especially hunters – are more likely to have tapeworms. Also, cats are now at risk for heartworm.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Some cats may have diarrhea, bloating, or you may see worms in their stool. It is also possible for your cat to have worms and not show any signs. The best course of action is to make sure to deworm your cat regularly. Even indoor cats are at risk of having worms.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
With proper hygiene practices, most people have little to worry about. One of the best ways you can protect yourself is to thoroughly wash your hands after cleaning up after your cat (ie. after cleaning their litter box).
What is the deworming schedule?
Deworming will depend on your cat’s lifestyle. If you have a hunter, more frequent deworming would be recommended. Even indoor cats can be at risk, and the housefly can pass along parasites and should be dewormed. Our team can help with your cat’s deworming protocol.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
Although rare, some cats may experience vomiting or diarrhea after taking deworming medication. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to discuss them with our staff.