Cats are born with worms; they are parasitic and take nutrients away from your cat. Worms can also be a problem for adult cats. They can get them from hunting, eating raw foods, and grooming fleas.
What are some types of parasites found in cats?
Intestinal worms in cats come in 3 forms: Roundworm, Hookworm and Tapeworm. They are contracted by one of the following modes of transmission:
- The passage from a pregnant or nursing mother to her kittens
- The ingestion of feces
- The ingestion of raw meat or animal remains in the environment
- The ingestion of infected soil
- The ingestion of unwashed/uncooked infected vegetables
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Symptoms can include bloating, overeating, weight loss, diarrhea, bloody stool, and poor hair coat. Often there are no obvious signs.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Some parasites can infect and transmit diseases to you and your family, including roundworm and hookworm.
What is the deworming schedule?
Please speak to your veterinarian about what deworming protocol is best for your cat.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
There can be side effects of any medication. We do not typically see any side effects of dewormers.