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worms in cats advice from calder vets

Why worm your cat?  Make regular worming part of your pet care routine from day one.

Did you know that humans can also catch worms from their cats? Children are particularly at risk, giving you another reason to prevent worms in your pet cat. 

Prevention

To protect your pet from the risk of worms, there are a number of precautions you can take:

Pay attention to your cat’s hunting habits

Cats that hunt are at particular risk from tapeworm as mice and other animals can be a source of infection.

Try to keep an eye on where your pet goes when they leave the house. If you feel they may be in contact with other animals, it’s vital you maintain a regular worming routine.

Maintain a regular worming routine

Regular worming helps to minimise the amount of egg contamination in the environment.

It is for this reason that the prevention of worms in cats is almost entirely reliant on pet owners maintaining a regular pet care routine. Ask your local vet about the worming service they provide and the best treatment to use for your pet.

How can I tell if my cat has worms?

Keep an eye out for these common signs of a worm infestation in your cat:

  • bloated abdomen
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • intense hunger could be a sign of roundworms
  • check the litter tray, worms are sometimes apparent in excrement

Be aware that cats with worms do not always show signs of illness, except where the infestation is large, so you may not be aware your animal is affected. Another reason to provide regular treatments.

Which worming treatment is right for my cat?

There are now so many worming products on the market making it confusing for pet owners to decide how to treat for worms.

As a rule of thumb, you should always speak to your vet to get advice on the best quality and most appropriate treatment for your cat.

We would always advise not to spend money on treatments found on the high street without getting veterinary advice. Some of these can be ineffective, or even make your cat feel worse.