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Cat worming

Protecting your cat against worms is an important part of good pet care. Worms are important because they affect your pet's condition and wellbeing as well as having health concerns for you and your family.

Two types of worms affect cats: Roundworms and Tapeworms. Both are intestinal parasites which can be found in any cat although infection is easily treated.


Roundworms

roundworm

Roundworm infestation can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, anaemia, a pot-bellied appearance and poor condition. In adult cats worms are usually acquired through hunting resulting in few clinical symptoms. Unlike dogs, cats are not thought to be the major source of roundworms to humans.

Roundworms are 5-15 cm long, white or fawn in colour and round in cross-section. They tend to coil up like a spring.

Toxocara catii

Treatment regime

The treatment regime for each animal varies as it is very much dependent on their lifestyle. Please ask one of our vets or vet nurses for advice.


Tapeworms

dipylidium caninum

Heavy infestations can cause anal irritation, digestive disturbances and poor condition. Segments, which resemble cucumber seeds or rice grains, leave through the anus and deposit eggs on the skin and hair. They may also be seen on the cat's stools.

The most common tapeworm in cats is Dipylidium Caninum. Cats become infected when they ingest an infected flea (the intermediate host) whilst grooming. Tapeworm therapy should be accompanied by vigorous steps to control any associated flea problems.

taenia hydatigena

 

 

Taenia, another tapeworm, is usually contracted through hunting. The time between becoming infected and showing segments varies from approximately 3 weeks in the case of Dipylidium to 2 or 3 months in the Taenia species of worm.

Treatment regime

The treatment regime for each animal varies as it is very much dependent on their lifestyle. Please ask one of our vets or vet nurses for advice.

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