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CAT WORMS

Worming your cat or kitten regularly is crucial if you're to keep them free from troublesome internal parasites.

There are many types of worms and they can have a serious effect on your pet's health, including weight loss and the development of poor skin.

Worms can cause problems for your cat or kitten - but it's worth remembering that they can also present a health risk to humans.

Kittens aged between six and 16 weeks should be wormed every three weeks.  From the age of four months cats should be wormed every three months.

There are many symptoms to watch out for which may indicate that you cat's suffering from worms.

These include a loss of appetite, poor condition of your cat’s coat,

weight loss, diarrhoea (sometimes containing blood), vomiting, amemia, constant licking of the anus. You may also detect segments of worms around the anal area.

Two other things to watch out for in kittens are the development of a pot belly and stunted growth.

It's also worth noting that your cat could have worms without you knowing it.  A vet will often be able to detect the problem through standard examinations like checking under a cat or kitten's tale for tapeworm segments.

There are several types of gastrointestinal worms, the most common being roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, coccidia, hookworms and giardia.

Cats and kittens who regularly go outdoors

are very susceptible to getting worms, while those who remain mainly indoors rarely suffer from them.

Cats and kittens pick up tapeworms as a result of ingesting fleas which are carrying tapeworm larvae. They can also get them from eating rabbits and rodents carrying the parasites.

It is recommended that all kittens have their faeces check for worms which involves examining a sample for worm eggs and protozoal parasites.

Roundworm eggs, hookworm eggs and whipworm eggs can be observed by examining faeces under a microscope.

Tapeworms are normally detected went segments of them can be observed crawling under your cat's tail. When fresh they look like rice and more like sesame seeds when dry.

Many types of worms can be treated with various de-worming medications which can be bought in high-street pet shops or online stores. However these are rarely effective in tackling tapeworms.

If you're using medication that has not been prescribed by a vet it's important to read the instructions carefully to ensure you administer the right dosage and are treating the right type of worm.

All intestinal worms are capable of causing diarrhea in but it's not something a cat with worms will necessarily experience.

Flats are very experienced at diagnosing and treating intestine or parasites with medication that is very specific for a particular type of worm.  One treatment may be enough to get rid of a certain type of worm but sometimes follow-up sessions will be required.

Worms are obviously very detrimental to your cat's development and well-being but not something which can cause the death of your pet.

Protozoal parasites are more dangerous than worms if they remain uncontrolled because they can cause chronic diarrhea and dehydration.

Felines don't carry pinworms even though many cats have been wrongly blamed as the source of children catching them. However humans CAN become infected with cat roundworms or hookworms, but they cannot get tapeworms with their cats.