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 internal cat parasites?
Some of the most common internal parasites we see in cats include tapeworm, roundworm, and a microscopic parasite called coccidia.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
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 veterinarian.
Do worm affect 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.
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.
Any deworming medication side effects?
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 388-8880.