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Cat advice: protecting your cat from worms

Regular worming treatment will help keep parasites at bay

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Get a wriggle on

Cats are inquisitive creatures – that’s part of their charm. But their nosey habits will sometimes lead to them eating something that would be better left alone, and that’s when they can pick up worms. They may even swallow fleas from their own fur, and that’s an easy way to end up with a tapeworm.

Common types of worm





There are a few kinds of worms that can affect cats, and even healthy cats might have a small number of them. The most common types are roundworms, which can even cause blindness in humans, and tapeworms, which steal nutrients from your pet’s food.


Signs to look for





A small number of worms probably won’t cause many problems for a healthy cat, but a heavy worm infestation can cause sickness, diarrhoea, weight loss and a weakened immune system. Keep a look out for any of these signs, and if anything causes concern, get in touch with Vets4Pets.


Treatment





We recommend worming your adult cat every three months – there are a few treatment options, so ask us for advice on the best for your cat. Some cats will happily swallow a tablet, while others won’t go near pills if they can help it. In these cases, we can offer a spot-on treatment instead – or simply give the tablet ourselves. We get plenty of practice!