Roundworms are one of the most common types of worms affecting cats, especially young kittens. These 4 inches long noodle-like pesky parasites are not only dangerous to cats but humans as well. Toxascara leonina, a type of roundworm, affects tons and tons of cats every year. Roundworms can cause numerous problems and eliminating them as quickly as possible is highly essential. Before we look into ways to treat roundworms in cats, take a peek at the symptoms, causes and other various things about roundworms.
Symptoms of Roundworms in Cats
If you notice any of the following symptoms, it means your feline may be infected with roundworms.
- Abnormal feces
- Bloated or bulgy stomach
- Decrease in appetite
- Dull fur coat
- Excessive coughing
- Weight loss
- Worms in feces
- Worms when coughing
Causes of Roundworms in Cats
Roundworms in cats can be caused in the following ways.
– Ingesting roundworm larvae by eating the eggs or consuming another organism which carries roundworm larvae.
– An infected nursing cat passing the larvae to her newly born kitten through her milk.
– Ingesting feces that carry eggs of worms (roundworms).
– Newly born kittens coming in contact with their infected sibling(s).
Treating Roundworms in Cats
Treating roundworms can be easy and less expensive, provided you detect them at an early stage. As soon as your feline shows symptoms of worms, rush to a vet for a thorough examination. Once the examination is done, the vet will bring to your notice whether or not your pal has the dreaded worms (roundworms) or any other problem. If worms are positive, he may prescribe you the following de-worming treatments that are highly effective in curing roundworms.
- Antezole Paste or Liquid Suspension
- Cazitel Flavored Tablets
- Drontal Wormers
- Milbemax Allwormer Tablets
- Panacur Granules/Oral Suspension/Paste
- Profender Allwormer
- Triworm-C Tablets
How to Prevent Roundworms in Cats
Preventing something bad from happening is always better than curing it. It would be wrong to say that you can completely keep your cat away from roundworms or as a matter of fact, all worms. Though it’s impossible to do that, you can try. There’s no harm in trying, right? At least, if you try, you can lower the chances of your pal coming in contact with worms. Here’s what you should do to prevent your kitty from roundworms.
– Keep your living area clean at all times. Make sure you clean it frequently.
– If possible, keep your cat indoors to prevent them from eating anything they shouldn’t be consuming (they may carry roundworms).
– De-worm your kitty from time to time. Make sure to consult a vet before going forward with it.
– A visit to the vet on a frequent basis is essential. Just like we humans go for regular check-ups, pets too, need the same.
– Nursing cats and their young ones should be kept on a monthly preventative de-worming treatment.
Ensure your furry friend is safe at all times. We obviously hate it when they fall sick. So, do all it takes to prevent them from diseases such as roundworms because, at the end of the day, they bank solely on you for protection.
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