Cats can get intestinal parasites (worms), as well as many other types of bugs, in many different ways. Most commonly we see infections and infestations in kittens and cats being passed from mother to offspring, from going to the bathroom outdoors, from eating prey species like mice and birds, or from getting bitten by other bugs like ticks and mosquitoes.
What are some internal cat parasites?
Some examples of intestinal parasites (worms) in cats are roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms, hookworms, giardia, and many others.
What are worm infestation symptoms in cats?
Since most intestinal parasites in cats are symbiotic, they produce no symptoms. Cats appear healthy and happy, but they have parasites growing inside of them stealing their nutrition. Depending on the type of worm, you can see a small piece of worm attached to the fur. Common symptoms of worms are diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and matted fur/unhealthy looking skin.
Do worm affect humans?
Some cat worms can infect people (zoonotic).
What does a deworming schedule look like?
Cats should be dewormed once every 2 weeks from the ages of 6 weeks to 4 months, then a monthly prevention can protect them from acquiring the majority of parasites in our area. If you are travelling with your pet, please let us know as different areas in the world have different parasites! We need to keep your pet healthy and safe while you are on vacation!
Are there any deworming medication side effects?
Side effects for medicated (prescription) deworming are almost non-existent. Occasionally, a pet can experience upset stomachs (decreased appetite or vomiting) or diarrhea for a short time.