A lot of cat owners overlook the importance of worming their cat. This is usually because some treatments aren’t easy to administer. Also, it’s not always obvious if a cat has worms.
But these excuses are good enough to ignore this problem. Worms can present some serious problems if left untreated. So what is the best cat wormer, and how can you easily get into the routine of worming your cat?
Read on, and everything shall be explained.
What Worms Are Cats Susceptible To?
These are the long flat worms, and they are made up of many segments. These segments contain worm eggs and are moved through the cat faeces.
To the naked eye, these segments look like piece of rice. You will start to see them around the back side of a cat in the fur. In their faeces, and where they have been sleeping.
The more common strains of tapeworm are transferred to cats from fleas. As cats eat fleas while grooming, those infected with eggs of the worm pass into the cat’s digestive tract.
The best product to treat and keep tapeworms at bay is Prolabs Feline Tapeworm Tabs.
These tabs can either be given to your cat orally, or if that’s difficult you can put it into their food. It’s by far the easiest way of keeping tapeworms at bay, and there really isn’t an excuse not to use them.
They work within 24 hours. So if you know your kitty already has tapeworm, this will put a stop to it in a hurry.
The most common parasite in the domestic cat is roundworm. There are two types, Toxascaris leonina, and Toxocara cati. While you don’t need to remember or know the difference between the two, you do need to treat your cat against them.
Eggs are transmitted primarily through faeces, and can be ingested by other cats. The real sticking point here is that eggs can stay dormant for years before becoming active.
Once infected with roundworm, a mother can pass the parasite to her kittens through her milk. This is because some forms of worm live in tissue around the body.
Its estimated that as high as 10% of cats have roundworms. With this number being so high, it’s important you treat your cat.
The most effective and easiest product to do this is Excel Roundworm Liquid Cat De-Wormer.
They will do everything they can to avoid it, usually being put off by the smell or taste. I’ve never heard of a cat doing this with this product. So it’s easy to use, and will treat against roundworm.
When Should I Worm My Cat?
Roundworms are very common in kittens. So it’s best to use treatments on a regular basis while young. Always check the recommendations on the products. But typically you will be treating a kitten every 2-4 weeks until it is at least 16 weeks old.
Tapeworms on the other hand are much more likely to infest older cats. Typically you treat adult cats against both roundworm and tapeworm.
You need to treat your cat according to its lifestyle. If it’s an outdoor cat that hunts a lot, you will need to treat it a lot more frequently than an indoor cat.
Keeping an eye out for the signs that fleas or worms are present is always advised. You should always treat your cat against fleas, which is the first line of defense.