Cat worms symptoms may either be very evident or in some cases none at all. The common symptoms of cats with worms are diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss as well. Worms can be seen in the excrement of the cat or in the substance discharged during vomiting.
Cat worms symptoms especially for tapeworms include little white or off-white bits that are expelled and appear near the cat’s anus. The bits are as big as sesame seeds and appear to look like sesame seeds after drying up. Tapeworms are acquired by cats through the infected fleas from dead animals in the wild such as birds and mice. The tapeworm symptoms can be easily cured by over-the-counter medicines found in a veterinarian goods store. Most medicines for cat tapeworms can be taken in one dosage.
Symptoms of cats with hookworms include lethargy, diarrhea or dark stools, vomiting and weakness. The severe symptoms of cats with hookworms include anemia and debilitation which manifest especially on younger and older pets. The larvae of hookworms may even penetrate the space between pads and toes to irritate the skin. Severe cases of hookworms in cats can even cause death due to anemia and low protein content since hookworms are blood sucking parasites that dwell in the small intestines.
Roundworms are common parasites found in dogs and cats, particularly in kittens and puppies. However, having this kind of worm can be easily prevented through de-worming of the puppies and kittens at an early stage of their lives. Common symptoms of cats with roundworms are diarrhea and a distended abdomen. Others may not show symptoms but vomiting, being lethargic and loss of appetite can also be caused by the roundworms in the cat.
Cat worms symptoms other than that from tapeworms and that of pin worms are usually difficult to trace. Only a microscopic examination of the stool sample can accurately determine if the cat has worms other than tapeworms. However, the most evident cat worms symptoms are unending appetite leading to eventual loss of appetite, weight loss, dull coat and seepage at the inner corners of the eyes. Liquid wormers and not tablets are the most reliable over the counter remedies. These wormers are usually taken in 2 doses over a ten day duration. The litter box of the cat during the treatment period is advised to be cleaned and sanitized to prevent the reinfestation of worms to the cat.
Giardia is a kind of protozoal parasite that may dwell in the small intestines of cats. This parasite can be detected in excrement even of healthy pets that don’t have symptoms of having worms. It was found that giardia can make pets prone to food allergies since they interfere with the intestinal lining, allowing proteins to stimulate the immune system.