Worried about tapeworms and roundworms? Worming your cat is the best defence
The yearly visit to the vet for worming your cat is a diary entry for may cat owners. The most common intestinal worms which cats are prone to are called roundworms and tapeworms. Lots of infected cats don’t show signs of having worms; however worms can cause weight loss, vomiting and diarrhoea, irritation around the anus and failure to thrive, none of which you want your kitty to suffer from!
Worming your cat is important, as although these types of worms rarely infect people, when an infection occurs there can be serious health implications, so it’s important to control infection in your cats. As reported by Your Pet:
“As roundworms are very prevalent in kittens it is important to worm them very frequently when they are young. The recommendations are to treat every two weeks from about six weeks of age to 16 weeks of age, with a drug active against roundworms.
Tapeworms are only usually a problem in older cats, so adult cats need to be treated with a drug active against both roundworms and tapeworms. The precise frequency of treatment recommended will vary slightly depending on for example whether the cat hunts and whether or not it is treated regularly for fleas (fleas can become infected when taking blood from the cat). Treatment is recommended every 2-3 months in adult cats, with a drug active against roundworms and tapeworms, possibly extending to 6 months for an outdoor cat.”
Worming needn’t be difficult, and worming your cat yourself is easy and cost effective. Most pet supply stores stock a range of worming medication, and Amazon also has a comprehensive range. Click here to browse a range of worming solutions for your cats.