One of the most vicious predators of cats is the one you cannot easily see, intestinal worms. These silent invaders can hide in your cats body not causing any problems, and then suddenly hatch and start to wreak havoc quickly. You need to know the symptoms of worms in cats, and take regular preventive measures to protect your pet.
The most common symptoms of worms in cats are very similar to digestive trouble, these symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. The real challenge, your cat may not display any of these symptoms and still be infected. You can watch the cats feces for telltale signs of some worms, such as tape worms. In fresh feces you may actually see tiny worm, or rice shaped worms wriggling, twisting, and turning.
If the infestation of worms becomes severe, you cat’s coat may start appearing dull, you will notice them becoming thinner, and they actually may have a huge appetite. Their appetite is caused by the fact the food is being consumed by the worms, and not being used to power their own bodies.
The only sure way to have your cat checked and diagnosed for worms is to have their feces checked by a veterinarian. This is even more critical for your outdoor cats which are more prone to eat an already infected bird, mouse, or other small prey. Check with your cat’s veterinarian and ask how often they recommend having the cat’s feces inspected. It is usually one to two times per year. While talking to your vet about having the inspection, ask about how often you should use a cat de-worming treatment. Most veterinarians recommend this treatment once or twice a year, and will recommend the proper medications and dosage for your cat. Dosages vary by the weight of your cat, so make sure to consult your vet even though there are over the counter products.
If you discover your cat is infested with worms do not panic. Unless they are in a very advanced stage, the treatment is very easy, and highly effective. If your cat is already in these advanced stages you are sure to have noticed some symptoms of worms in cats. Always take your cat to the vet if you see any symptoms instead of trying a home remedy, or over the counter solution. If your cat has an advanced case these solutions may cause more harm than good.
While indoor cats are much less susceptible to worms, do not ignore having them checked regularly, and having regular de-worming treatment. If they come in contact with food, other pets, or spend any time outdoors they could become infected. Even kittens are not safe. They may have worms in their body as newborns transferred from their mother. They can get worms through their mother’s milk, also. When you have cats for pet, you need to watch for symptoms of worms in cats, and take the proper precautions. Your cat’s life and health is depending on you being a concerned and observant owner.