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Treatment for Cat Worms

Best Treatment for Cat Worms

The best treatment for cat worms must come from veterinarians since there is no single deworming medication that is effective for all kinds of cat worms. With your cat’s worm problem, always ask your vet!

A precise diagnosis is required for safe and effective treatment for cat worms and only veterinarians can provide the best answer to your cat worm problems.

Deworming your kittens from 0-6 months

Kittens are usually infested with ascarids but these kinds of worms on your pet should first be confirmed by a veterinarian by thoroughly checking the kitten’s stool.

Kittens with ascarids should be given deworming medicine, in cream or syrup form, when 2 to 3 weeks of age and again when reaching between 5 to 6 weeks of age. Just in case eggs or worms are still seen in the kitten’s stool, then subsequent deworming should be administered.

A safe dewormer given each month until 6 months of age is usually recommended by many veterinarians.

The cream or syrup type dewormers are available in pet stores and are the easiest to administer.

Treat adult cats with anthelmintics

Cats who hunt and roam freely, including adult cats, should be dewormed routinely for tapeworms and ascarids as well even without testing their stools. Anthelmintic or antihelmintics are usually safe for repeated use in the treatment of tapeworms in adult cats.

Cats with tapeworms should be treated for about four or five times a year.

A cat who is pregnant should have her stool examined before breeding. The confirmation of parasites should be followed by deworming so as to reduce the frequency and severity of parasite infestation. This will also ensure that the pregnant cat will have a healthy pregnancy.

Dewormers in pill or injectible form

Praziquantel is considered one of the best treatment for cat worms particularly all common species of cat tapeworms. The drug is available as a pill or can also be injected to the cat. The drug kills the tapeworms in such a way that the dead tapeworm do not appear in the stool after deworming.

Other effective treatment for cat tapeworms are fenbendazole and espiprantal. Preventing your cat from roaming and hunting also reduces frequency of your cat from being infested with tapeworms.

Over-the counter dewormers

Some over the counter deworming medicines for cats are Tape Worm Tabs which removes tapeworms in cats over six weeks of age after being mixed into food. Tape worm Tabs can also be given orally.

Tape Worm Tabs contains Praziqunatel which is the most important ingredient in eliminating worms in cats.

Piperazine paste is an over the counter paste for removing big roundworms in kittens and cats more than eight weeks old. The paste is tuna flavored and is available in a tube which treat a cat which weighs up to 20 pounds.

Wrm Clear is used for the treatment and prevention as well of roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms in cats. Wrm Clear is 100 percent natural and can be given to your cat three times a day. The number of drops to be given will depend on the cat weight.

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Can Kids Catch Worms from Cats with Worms?

Children can easily get diseases or catch parasites from pets such as cats since kids have an immature immune system and frequently have poor hygiene. Roundworms are the most common parasite in the digestive system of cats and this kind of worms can spread to humans when their eggs are ingested. A kid who comes in contact with soil or sand contaminated with roundworm eggs can catch the parasite when he or she contaminates her fingers with the roundworm eggs. Roundworm eggs in the fingers of the children may enter the kid’s body when dipping their contaminated fingers in their mouths.

The eggs ingested by a child goes straight to the child’s intestines where the eggs hatch. The larvae from the eggs goes to the bloodstream where they have the chance to spread to all parts of the body of the child particularly in the heart, lungs, liver, eyes and even in the child’s brain. Children between ages 2 to 4 can be easily affected by the parasite since kids of these ages love to play in sandboxes and on soil contaminated by feces of the pet. Parasite eggs can survive in soil even as long a seven years. It is really important for kids to wash their hands thoroughly before eating to avoid ingesting the parasite eggs.

Hookworms are also parasites present in cats and thrive in tropical and subtropical areas. Children can be hookworms at the same way by which they can have roundworms. However, hookworms can also enter the body of the child by penetrating the human skin. The hookworm larvae has the tendency to travel under the skin which manifests through characteristic itchy rashes that form a snake like tract including blisters. Children can also be infected from the soles of their feet when walking barefoot on infected areas or through their buttocks when sitting on the infected areas.

Ringworms from cats can also easily spread to humans and kids as well. Humans being infected by tapeworms from cats is a remote possibility and this can happen only when a human ingests an inflected flea which does not usually happen. A regular de-worming of your pet cat can be a good step of preventing your cat from getting worms and your child from catching the worms in your pet. The proper and regular disposal of cat feces should also be a must for the parents and guardians of the kids. Check pits regularly for cat feces since these places are the favorite dumping ground of cats for their waste. When you see your child handle a cat, make sure you wash his or her hands at once to ensure that no transfer of worm eggs may happen.

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Roundworms in Cats

Roundworms in cats exist through three kinds of transmission by which a cat consumes the infected eggs of the worm. Roundworms or ascarids are an intestinal parasite like tapeworms and are found in many species. The two species that affect the cat are toxocara cati, which is more commonly seen in cats, and toxascaris leonina. Both species feed from the intestinal contents of the cat and compete with the cat for food.

Modes of Transmission or Infection

roundworms life cycle

Knowing about the life cycle of roundworms will help to effectively treat your cat or kitten.

Roundworms in cats multiply when some larvae of the roundworms migrate to other tissues in the body. Pregnancy of the cat worsens the situation since it reactivates the larvae which in turn migrate to the mammary glands and to the kittens through the milk of the mother cat.

Rodents can be a cause of transmission of the roundworms since these species can act as intermediate hosts to a roundworm when the cat kills and eats his or her prey. Infected larvae in the environment such as the soil which contain roundworm eggs can also be ingested by the cats.

The roundworm larvae are distributed through the body tissues such that most of the larvae reach the lungs where they make their way into the windpipe where they are coughed and swallowed by the cat. The roundworm larvae becomes adult roundworms in the intestines afer being swallowed, allowing the production of multiple eggs which are passed into the feces.


The symptoms of roundworms are the failure of the cat to gain weight or just weight loss by itself. Other symptoms of the existence of roundworms in cats is dull hair coat, pot bellied appearance, vomiting up roundworms, diarrhea, coughing due to the larval migration and presence of roundworms in the feces.

The eggs of the roundworms are detected through a microscope during a routine check of the stool sample. The appearance of the eggs will reveal if the worms are indeed roundworms. The diagnosis is a positive result when the roundworms appear in the stool and in the vomited substances from the cat.


Roundworms can be treated through a number of medications which will be recommended by the veterinarian. The duration of the treatment which will affect the adult roundworms is usually based on the age of the cat and the situation the cat is involved in. If the cat is pregnant, make sure to consult your vet as well for advice on how to deworm the mother cat and the kittens was well. The prompt cleaning of pet wastes and the prevention of pets from eating rodents will be a big help in preventing worm infection.

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Ringworm Treatment

A combination of topical therapy and systemic oral therapy is the most common way of ringworm treatment in cats. This is good not only to get rid of the disease but also to prevent the spread of the self-limiting infection to humans, especially children, and other pets as well. Topical therapy involves the use of ointments, creams or shampoos while systemic oral therapy involves the oral application of anti-fungal medicines to your cat. All environmental contamination should be suppressed for the ringworm treatment to be successful.

A ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin but is not caused by a worm and is not even ring-shaped. Ringworm infection is caused by organisms that belong to a group of fungi know as dermatophytes. The species of dermatophyte in cat is called microporum canis which is infectious not only to cats but also to dogs and humans.Ringworm  in cats might also be caused by the species called trichophyton mentagrophytes which can also infect humans.

It is very hard to detect ringworms in cats since ringworm lesions may be very mild and sometimes cannot be recognized. The only good indicator of ringworm in cats is scaling on the depths of the coat while other cats may have round thickened patches of skin accompanied by hair loss. It is important to bring your cat to a veterinarian who is the best person to diagnose ringworm in cats upon observing these symptoms. His recommendation for treatment will depend on the result of the culturing process or laboratory tests of the fungus obtained from the cat.

Different creams and ointments are always available and can be applied to local areas of the skin affected by the infection. It is just appropriate to shave the hair of the infected cat if only one or two portions of the cat’s skin has been affected. Clipping is suggested for the hair of a long haired cat or breed which can aid in the topical therapy treatment.A twice a week bathing of the cat using a medicated shampoo can also be done prior to application of medicine.

Topical treatments usually last for about several weeks to a number of months. It is important to wash your hand and sanitize it after coming in contact with the infected cat.

An oral anti-fungal drug is also effective in the ringworm treatment of your cat. The drug used for treating ringworm infections in cats is known as griseofulvin. Newer drugs such as itraconazole and terbinafine or lamasil are also used frequently and are often preferred by the vets due to lesser side effects. A recurrence of the disease may happen if oral medication is stopped too soon, resulting in a much longer therapy. Infected pets should be separated from non-infected pets if you have many pets in your house. Infected hairs also from your infected cat must be disposed at once to prevent infection on humans and other pets. Vacuuming all rooms accessible to your cat can also help in preventing spread of the infection and also reduce environmental contamination.

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Parasite Symptoms in Cats

Providing the best care for your cat does not ensure your cat to be free of intestinal and external parasites. Parasite symptoms or worm symptoms in cats particularly external parasites can be confirmed immediately through routine check of your cat’s skin. You can check for specks like flea droppings and lice eggs sticking on cat hair. Frequent scratching of cats is also a clear indication that your cat has parasites on her body. Fleas usually leave dirt behind and the dirt is a good indication that your cat has fleas. You can also confirm infestation of fleas by scraping off the dirt and putting it on a damp tissue. If the dirt turns red or pink then your cat has fleas.

One kind of extenal parasite that resembles dandruff appearing across the back of the cat are cheyletiella mites. A severe infestation of this kind of parasite can cause skin scales. Another kind of external parasite called demodex mange mites are not harmful to but can multiply fast in old and weak cats as well as in kittens. Parasite symptoms in cats of the demodex mange mites are pimples or pustules on the skin which are indications of secondary infections. Sarcoptes mange mites are very small parasite but usually leave behind scabs and crusts as they move into their host. They usually gather at the tips of the ears and on the elbows, and can cause intense itching and irritation.

Your cat can also develop ticks which can be easily confirmed since they grow with bloow into a brownish white lump. The tick can be extracted using tweezers but make sure the head of the tick is removed as you pull at a twisting manner since the head of the tick can cause an infection. It is important to remove the tick since ticks can also cause acute paralysis and also spread life threatening illnesses such as lyme disease.

Internal parasite symptoms in cats include persistant diarrhea, weight loss and the repeated licking of your cat of her anal area and sometimes wiping hear rear against the grass or carpet. These signs indicate that your cat has internal parasites. A very telling sign that your cat has worms is the existence of maggots, eggs or larvae in the hair around her anus. It is important to immediately determine what kind of parasite is inside the body of your cat through a veterinarian so that the vet can prescribed to the correct medication to effectively eradicate the worms. It is important to follow the vet’s advice for deworming. Other signs that your cat hs internal parasites or worms are vomiting, loss of appetite and unthrifty coat.

Tapeworm signs do not show signs at once until the worm discharges white bits sized the same as that of a sesame seed and which can be seen in cat’s anus. Pinworms are hard to determine but can be confirmed with microscopic examination of tool sample. Blood sucking parasites such as hookworms causes anemia and decrease protein levels of the cat. Your cat can be very ill when having hookworms, making her lethargic, having a dark stool and weak while usually vomiting and suffering from diarrhea. Roundworms in cats can cause a distended abdomen and diarrhea while making your cat lose appetite.

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Roundworm Treatments

Treating roundworms in cats can be done through numerous medications which can be recommended by your veterinarian. The veterinarian will recommend a roundworm treatment based on the cat’s age and the present condition. Deworming a pregnant cat also needs the advice of the vet to enable treatment of both mom and kittens. A monthly dewormer  for roundworms in cats will not only will treat your pet but also prevent it from having future roundworm infections.

Roundworms or ascarids are considered internal parasites which are common catworms and survive by sucking the nutrients absorbed by the cat’s intestines. They are round parasites that can reach up to four inches long. The color varies from white to pale brown and looks like spaghetti noodles. They are usually suspended from the cat’s intestines and suck up nutrients from the its diet. The eggs of the roundworms can be detected through routine check of the stool sample of your cat. You can send your cat to a vet for treatment of roundworms after observing symptoms such as weight loss, pot bellied appearance, diarrhea, coughing, vomiting and dull hair coat.

The most popular treatments that your vet may recommend are the following:

  • Drontal or Drontal plus which contain Febantel
  • Strongid and Nemex which has an active ingredient known as pyrantel pamoate
  • Panacur that contains fenbendazole
  • Heartguard plus that contains pyrantel pamoate as well can also be administered orally to get rid of cat roundworms.

Dosage instructions should be followed correctly to eradicate roundworms. Over-the-counter medications such as those containing piperazine can also eliminate roundworms in cats. Milbemycin, ivermectin and selamectin are also considered effective dewormers especially for older kittens and adult cats.

Pyrantel pomoate is considered safe and effective as well for kittens which should be dewormed starting at 3 weeks from birth. Adult worms can be killed by giging the same medicine two to three weeks later. Kittens can also be dewormed monthly until 6 months of age for a more effective deworming result. Pyrantel pomoate can be given to your pet by your vet. Fasting your cat is not needed prior to the use of this kind of medication.

Roundworm treatments are not meant to kill the parasites in cats but only to stun the worms so that they may be discharged through the feces of the cat. If you see roundworms in the stool of the cat, then you can say that the medications taken by your cat have been effective. Exposure to the environment of the roundworms will start killing the worms.

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Profender for Cats

Here’s the product you have all been waiting for. Profender is a new product that all cat owners will surely love. Profender is a spot-on solution containing two active substances, emodepside and praziquantel, for topical use in deworming cats.

Emodepside is a member of a new class of cyclic depsipeptide compounds. It acts at the neuromuscular junction by stimulating presynaptic receptors belonging to the secretin receptor family, resulting in paralysis and death of the parasites.

Praziquantel, a pyrazino-isoquinoline derivative, is widely used in both human and veterinary medicines. It acts primarily by severely damaging the parasite integument resulting in contraction and paralysis, disruption of metabolism and finally death of the parasite.

Profender was first authorized on July 27, 2005.  It is the first and only topical broad spectrum dewormer that kills ALL types of gastrointestinal worms in the cat.Profender is a convenient single dose treatment for cats and kittens that are at least 8 weeks of age and weigh at least 2.2 lbs. and it comes in different sizes depending on the size of your cat. To ensure continued protection it is applied every 3 months.

Profender is the most convenient and stress free topical solution to deworm your cat. It comes with a powerful broad spectrum treatment application. Profender makes it easy for you and your cat. No need to struggle in pilling your pet or with the use of those complicated painful injections. By using Profender, you can easily control those parasites without a fuss.

And how this Profender works? It is simply absorbed through the cat’s skin via the hair follicles where it enters the bloodstream. Profender reaches the intestine to treat and control tapeworm, roundworm and hookworm infections.

Profender can be used in conjunction with a topical flea treatment such as frontline or advantage but it is recommended to apply these products two days apart rather than both on the same day. These flea treatment needs to be applied more frequently than the wormer, depending on which product is used. Now that there is both topical wormer and flea treatments available it has never been easier to ensure year round protection from all common parasites that your pet cats suffer from.

Profender comes in different color, depending on the dosage such as green, orange, and purple.

  • Profender green is 1 dose 0.35 ml for 2.2 – 5.5 lbs.
  • Profender orange is 1 dose 0.75 ml for 5.6 – 11 lbs.
  • Profender purple is 1 dose 1.12 ml for 11 – 17.6 lbs.

The benefits of Profender are its efficacy against adult tapeworms and various life stages of different roundworms. The most common side effects observed in the target species with the recommended dose were transient, and limited to salivation and vomiting. These signs are thought to occur as a result of the cat licking the application site immediately after treatment.

An extension application for a new target species (dogs), a new pharmaceutical form (modified-release tablets) and a new route of administration (oral use) for Profender was authorized in August 2008. The product is safe for the user, and for the environment, when used as recommended and suitable warnings and precautions are indicated in the SPC.

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FAQs on Cat Health and Cat Worms

A responsible cat owner understands the importance of knowing the different types of parasites that may attack their pets!So keeping your cat parasite-free is very important because you might not even notice that they’re already infected.

What is cat worm?

Cat worm is a fungal type infectious disease caused by the presence of organisms such as fungi. There are four usual culprits for cat worms – tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms and whip worms. It can be difficult to tell just by symptoms which type of worms your cat has. Taking a stool sample to the vet to be tested is the best way to identify cat worms in your pet. There is no need for you to ask yourself because the stool tests can exactly answer what’s wrong with your pet and treatment will be your next step.

What is tape worm?

Tapeworm segments are 6-12 mm long, white color, and are usually seen moving in the cat’s fur or stool. When dried, these segments will appear like a grain of uncooked rice or a sesame seed and are often found in the cat’s bedding. Tapeworms live in the small intestine and steal the nutrients from the food your cat eats.

What is round worm?

Round worms are typically 5-10 cm long in range. They’re like spaghetti creatures with a narrow end. They are the most common type of parasites that may attack your pets, and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Cats with a worst infestation might pass the worms in their stools and can lead to intestinal blockage.

What is hook worm?

Hook worms are intestinal parasites that are also common in cats. Hook worms are thin and small in appearance attached on the intestinal wall. They are also known as blood-sucking parasites that can cause fatal blood loss or even death in your cats. They are difficult to diagnose without fecal test because they cannot be found in stool.

What is whip worm?

Like hookworms, whipworms bury their heads into your cat’s intestines and suck blood. Occasionally, severe infections can develop and lead to diarrhea, weight loss, and blood loss.

What are the remedies for cat worms?

You can’t really treat worms effectively in your cat at home without help from your vet. However, you can learn what to look for when you’re trying to figure out if your cat has worms.

How can you tell if your cat is suffering from tapeworm infection?

Worm segments or eggs seen on the cat’s rear end or in the stool are the commonest signs of tapeworm infection. The white or pinkish white, flat and rectangular shaped are tapeworm segments that move in stretching and shrinking motion.  Something that looks like a grain of rice or sesame seeds are actually dried tapeworm eggs.

In severe tapeworm infection, worms can be seen also in the cat’s vomit. However, other symptoms are more general such as weight gain or loss, loss of appetite or voracious appetite, bony appearance or big distended abdomen, dull coat, hair loss, and excessive licking around the anal area.

How can you tell if your cat is suffering from round worm?

Adult cats with roundworms manifest symptoms similar to tapeworms. In kittens, the common symptoms of roundworm infestation include vomiting, diarrhea, dull coats, a pot belly on a thin body, and weakness are symptoms of roundworm. Always bring your kitten to the veterinarian to avoid any serious illnesses caused by cat worms.

 How can you tell if your cat is suffering from hook worm?

Hookworm can be a serious infestation in your pet cat. Some symptoms common are anemia, diarrhea, weight loss, a rash between the toes, and dark red or black stool. Although a serious parasite problem among cats, hookworms can be treated by your vet. Bring your cat to the vet for treatment, In order to avoid reinfestation, the used cat litter should be discarded including bedding, litter pans, food and water bowls should be washed with hot water.

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Natural Treatment for Catworms

Natural treatment for catworms or intestinal parasites in cats are applied only after getting a correct diagnosis from your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can perform different tests to determine what organism has been bothering your cat. The advice of the veterinarian is needed after observing sypmtoms of having intestinal parasites in your cat such as dark tarry stool, diarrhea, vomiting, slow weight gain, weight loss and a potbelly. But over-the-counter medications to be prescribed by the vet are often not effective. So you might be considering natural remedies or some other options.

A very effective natural treatment for catworms is important for your cat. If an infestation will not be resolved, the condition will deprive your pet of very important nutrients needed to grow and be healthy. Your cat also may infect other cats and other animals when not treated properly. Even without symptoms, cats who love to stray outdoors should be checked by a veterinarian through her stool sample to make sure if your cat has or has no worms.

Organic Pumpkin Seeds

One natural treatment for catworms are raw organic pumpkin seeds that have been proven effective for hookworms and tapeworms. This treatment should be considered especially if your cat is a rodent- lover. One teaspoon of the ground seed is required for each 10 lbs of body weight of the cat. The seeds should be ground to a powder form and can be mixed with your pets daily good and can even serve as a good dietary supplement since it is a good source of zinc and vitamin A.


Another natural treatment for catworms is garlic. It is an effective fighting activity especially against a parasite known as giardia while boosting the immune system. However, garlic has the capability of warding of all kinds of worms in cats after being minced or pressed and added to your cat’s daily food. One-fourth to one-half clove of garlic can do the trick and can also be added to a small amount of warm cream.


Papaya works well against parasites such as roundworms in pigs and works as well in cats. The green matured papaya can provide for the protein digestion of old muco-protein and parasites. Finely grated carrot about 2 tablespoons or 2 teaspoons can be added to your cat’s diet to maintain a clean digestive track while making your cat less prone to worm infestations.

Black Walnut

A very common anti-parasitic and natural treatment for catworms is black walnut which is effective against tapeworms. The dosage is 1 capsule of ground herb per 20 lbs. of cat body weight. However, dosage should not be exceeded and usage shall be recommended first by your veterinarian. Turmeric or curcumin contains four compounds with antiparasitic action while reducing inflammation and damage to the intestine due to worm infestation. It has also the capability to protect the liver of your cat against side effects of prescription drug wormers.

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Common Cat Illnesses

The common cat illnesses are diseases similar to those that humans also can have.

Urinary Tract Infection

One common cat disease is urinary tract infection. Signs of UTI in cats vary and includes blood in urine, whining and yelping sounds by the cat when using the litter box, and the frequent visits to the litter box without passing any urine.

Early diagnosis of this problem just like in humans enables the easy clearing up of the diseases and your veterinarian should be very helpful in conducting a series of test to determine cause of the problem.

Upper Respiratory Infection

A cat with an upper respiratory infection (URI) usually sneezes, coughs, have a runny nose and sometimes develop a fever. This condition also needs veterinarian care especially if the cat has no appetite and seems lethargic. The virus causing the URI can be treated with antibiotics just like UTI in cats. A fluid drip is required in cases where the cat becomes dehydrated.

Feline Distemper

Feline distemper which is a contagious infection is another common cat illness which usually affects kittens. The disease is spread through the litter boxes as well as through contaminated water source and food. Symptoms of this infection can be easily recognized since the cat with this infection is listless and lethargic, may have severe diarrhea, usually vomits and refuses to drink or eat. Dryness of skin is also one symptom of this sickness due to cat dehydration.

Diabetes and Kidney Failure

Diabetes and chronic kidney failure are also some of the common cat illnesses.

Senior cats are those that usually have kidney failure or the inability to remove waste from the blood and this is due to aging.Symptoms of a cat having kidney failure are vomiting, constipation, lack of appetite, being lethargic. The kidney failure can be confirmed by your veterinarian through a series of blood and urine tests.

Cats can also develop diabetes by which it cannot produce enough amount of insulation to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Symptoms of this are the excessive drinking and urinating of the coat, weight loss, increased appetite without gaining weight, lack of activity, and the lost of luster of their coat.


Cats like humans can also have worms inside their bodies. Watch out for

Roundworms are the most common internal parasites the cat can have. Kittens can get roundworms from their infected mother’s milk while older cats can get roundworms after ingesting an infected rodent.

Hookworms which are much smaller than roundworms can cause anemia in cats and can be a life threatening condition.

The long and flat tapeworms in cats can propagate after the cat has ingested an intermediate hose such as an infected flea or rodent. Lung worms may live in the lungs of the cat, making the cat cough.

Lung worms can be obtained after the cat eats a bird or rodent who has ingested an intermediate host.