Cats can become infected with parasites in a variety of ways from hunting mice and birds to eating grass and bugs. Depending on your cat’s lifestyle, deworming to rid them of these parasites may be an important regular treatment.
What are some internal cat parasites?
Cats can be infected with many internal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms. They can also be infected by parasitic microscopic organisms such as giardia and coccidia.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
Cats with a large infestation can have diarrhea, a pot belly and have trouble gaining weight. Sometimes, they can be infected and have no symptoms at all.
Do worms affect humans?
Roundworms can infect humans. Children, seniors and people that have compromised immune systems are particularly susceptible to infection.
What is the deworming schedule?
Every time you give a deworming treatment, you get rid of any worms in the body at that point. A deworming schedule or frequency of giving the treatment depends on the cat’s risk and exposure to parasites. Outdoor cats and kittens will be dewormed more frequently than indoor cats.
Does any deworming medication have side effects?
Most deworming medication is tolerated very well and we rarely see any side effects. It is possible to see diarrhea or soft stool for a few days.