It is relatively common for a cat to become infected with an internal or external parasite at some point in its lifetime and many intestinal parasites can be passed from mothers to their kittens. Parasites can affect your cat in a variety of ways, ranging from a mere irritation to causing life-threatening illnesses if left untreated. All parasites, particularly internal parasites (worms), can carry and transmit diseases to people. Annual exams and a preventative pest plan are the best ways of reducing the risk of your pet developing a severe illness.
What are some internal cat parasites?
Some of the most common internal parasites in cats include roundworms, tapeworms, toxoplasmosis, lungworms, giardia and coccidia.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
In general, the symptoms of intestinal parasites in cats will be similar in with all types of parasites. Typically, with cats, they will exhibit signs such as vomiting, sometimes vomiting worms or worm segments, diarrhea with or without worms or worm segments (tapeworms) in the feces.
Internal parasites can be more concerning in younger kittens due to their small size. With kittens, the most common signs of intestinal parasites include weak growth (stunting), dull hair coat, scrawniness (thin), lack of playful energy and diarrhea with visible extended potbellied.
Do worm affect humans?
Yes, roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted from pets to humans. People can become infected with roundworms when they ingest infective eggs from the soil or their hands or another object. You can reduce the risk of parasitic infection to your family by eliminating parasites from your pets.
What is the deworming schedule?
Your cat’s deworming schedule is often based on their age and lifestyle. Cats can acquire parasites from many sources such as dirty water, fleas, mosquitoes, ticks, feces, rodents and soil. Kittens can become infected with parasites by their mother before they are born. Adult cat deworming is based on contributing factions such as lifestyle and age. Travelling cats may also require additional deworming. When in doubt it is always best to contact your veterinarian for advice.
Any deworming medication side effects?
Side effects are rare and can include vomiting or diarrhea.