Worms are one of the most frequent illnesses that a kitten or cat may acquire. Worms can affect both cats and kittens. Cats may have worms at some point in their lives, and the severity of the infection varies from one cat to the next. It is necessary to do a worming examination on all kittens, regardless of whether they are adopted from a cattery or bought elsewhere.
If you observe any of the signs mentioned below, you should act quickly since your cat most likely need worming and the severity of the infestation may be life-threatening. Worming is usually entirely effective, particularly when combined with frequent stool tests, and your cat will recover to perfect health in a very short amount of time.
Worms may manifest themselves in a variety of ways. If you observe any of these symptoms, do not attempt to deworm your cat yourself unless you are unable to get your cat to a veterinarian. Certain worms are more hazardous than others, and a vet’s diagnosis is required in order to treat the patient properly.
Different types of worms need different approaches to treatment. The patent medications that are offered at your local pharmacy are usually targeted towards particular kinds of cats. As a result, the patent medication you select may be for a kind of cat that your cat is not and will thus be ineffective.
What are the indications and symptoms of a worm invasion?
Of course, a great deal is dependent on the severity of the infestation.
- Your cat will usually seem sluggish, devoid of energy and enthusiasm. It is possible to look ill without really being sick. Because the worms are parasite that live off of the host’s body and physically eat it up, it is really very sick in a silent manner.
- Your cat’s appetite will almost certainly be impacted; it may experience either a loss of hunger or a huge increase in appetite, leading to it stuffing itself.
- You may notice that your stomach seems swollen, as if air has been pushed into it.
- There may sometimes be diarrhea, as well as a watery and thin bowel movement; you may even detect blood in the stool at times.
When such symptoms emerge, the worm infestation is said to be of severe severity. Affected by the infestation, your cat’s coat may become dried-out and harsh in texture. This is particularly true if the infections is severe and untreated. A loss of fluids may cause a loss of weight, which can be dangerous. If the infestation affects a kitten, the situation is very severe since even a little amount of fluid loss may result in partial dehydration.
Worms may be vomited up by the cat from time to time. It will have a shabby appearance. Despite the fact that it is not in pain, it also has lost energy and it may drowse much more often than normal; you may notice it rubbing its back against the floor as if it were attempting to alleviate a local discomfort.
Do not demand too much from your cat at this time since it is momentarily sick, as opposed to if it were suffering from a more obvious disease. Keeping children away from a cat that has worms, whether they are your own or their friends’, is a good idea. Children who brush or rub against the cat’s hindquarters and then accidentally put their finger in their mouths are at risk of worm infection.
Roundworms (particularly whipworms) are the most common worms to infect children. The majority of worms are very simple to cure, but some are more difficult to treat and require further attention. If you see any of the symptoms listed above, you should consider worms. While it is possible that you are incorrect, allowing the infestation to develop may convert a simple situation into a tough one.
The most effective course of action is to bring a sample of the cat’s feces to the veterinarian for inspection, or to bring the animal in so that the veterinarian may collect a smear from the cat. A single day is generally all that is required for the real worming, and it may need to be repeated in ten days, following which the stool is examined once again. Typically, a kitten under the age of four to six weeks is not wormed unless the cat’s feces and vomit show symptoms of worm infestation. The optimum time to start is around eight weeks after conception. The internal parasites will be discussed in more depth later on in this article.
The purpose of this explanation is to familiarize you with the different kinds and, most importantly, to draw your attention to some of the risks. Various kinds of worms affect virtually every major organ in the body, including the heart, the digestive tract, the lungs, the stomach, and other organs.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF INTERNAL PARASITES.
- One of the most common errors cat owners make is attempting to worm their cats without expert assistance. All worming must be performed by a veterinarian or under the supervision of a veterinarian. You may only provide a patent medication to your cat if you are aware of the kind of worm that is involved.
- If no veterinarian is accessible and will not be available for an extended period of time, you may be forced to administer a patent medication. Follow the instructions to the letter, but don’t give up trying to locate a veterinarian.
- If you detect worms or suspect worms in your cat and are unable to take him to the veterinarian immediately away, feed him a bland diet consisting mostly of starch. Avoid consuming large quantities of items that cause loose stools (such as raw meat, raw vegetables, or uncooked grains).
Once the worming process has begun, the amount of food consumed will be determined by the kind of worm being treated, the type of medication being given, and the severity of the worm infestation. For each individual cat and for each worm assault, they will be different. Inquire with your veterinarian about how to eat and fast throughout the procedure. Many doctors will provide you with a written schedule that is tailored to your cat’s specific needs.
Following worming, follow the bland diet indicated above for another week or for as long as is prescribed by your doctor. Make sure to keep the cat’s living quarters clean, both for its own safety and for the safety of everybody in the home. Scrub the floor with a powerful (nontoxic* disinfectant; this is particularly important for those who have a little area to keep their cat or cats in.
Drinking water for the cat should be changed many times each day. All pails and feeding dishes should be disinfected. Keep in mind that worms will not vanish just because a veterinarian treats your cat’s internal parasites; rather, all elements of your cat’s life must be addressed. If your cat is ill or weak, do not attempt to worm him. It is necessary for the cat or kitten to be strong in order to survive the worming process itself, which includes hazardous medicine. Inquire with your veterinarian about how to rehabilitate a pet that has been badly debilitated by parasites.
Because your cat will nearly always bring your attention to the fact that your pet has worms, it will be impossible for you to ignore the situation for long. In addition, worm infections are seldom associated with long-term consequences if the worms are discovered and removed as soon as possible.
Because worms, like any other parasite, are tenacious, you must be vigilant in ensuring that you maintain therapy as required. Modern technology and medicines, on the other hand, allow the veterinarian to identify the kind of worm implicated and give the appropriate therapy in a short period of time.