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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.

Cat worms symptoms

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.

Cat Worms Symptoms

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.