Our veterinary health care team recommends deworming your cats on a regular basis, starting as a kitten and continuing throughout their lives.
What are some types of parasites found in cats?
Some of the common parasites found in cats are roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Vomiting worms and worms in the fecal matter and bedding are the most common signs that a cat has worms. Most worms are small and white in colour. Tapeworms may look like grains of rice present in the bedding and around the base of the tape. Roundworms look more like strings of spaghetti that can be vomited or found in their feces. Some worms are difficult to see but can cause diarrhea.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Some worms are zoonotic; therefore, they can be transmitted to humans. Small children and immune-compromised people are especially at risk.
What is the deworming schedule?
Kittens are recommended to be dewormed every 2 weeks until approximately 3-4 months of age. Otherwise, it depends on whether or not your cat has a flea infestation or if your pet is exposed to parasites. Cats who hunt are especially at risk for infestations.
Are there any side effects of deworming medication?
Today’s veterinary prescription deworming medications undergo rigorous testing to ensure the efficiency and safety of your cats. Please contact us to discuss any concerns you may have with your cats prescription.