Deworming Cats

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Deworming cats would usually require the advice of a veterinarian since there is no single medication that is effective for all kinds of cat worms. Each kind of cat worm has a special kind of medicine for its eradication. The most common cat worms are roundworms and tapeworms. An infestation of these worms in the cat’s intestines would result into weight loss, diarrhea and vomiting, irritation around the anus and the cat’s failure to thrive.

Roundworms are very common in kittens such that it is very important in deworming these tiny pets as often as possible at their young age. The usual recommended treatment is every two weeks from six weeks of age to 16 weeks using a drug that roundworms cannot resist. Older cats usually acquire tapeworms but adult cats still need to be treated with a drug active against both the tapeworms and the roundworms. The frequency of treatment or deworming cats vary based on whether the cat frequently hunts rodents and whether or not the cat gets regularly treated for fleas. A drug treatment lasting for 2 to 3 months is required for adult cats.

The advice of a veterinary surgeon is very important in determining the kind of product available in the market and effective in deworming cats. Worming medications usually come in tablet form but cats find tablets hard to ingest. Panacur or Intervet Schering-Plough is specially made to be palatable particularly for cats and may be ideal for cats which are difficult to medicate.

Novartis has also released a very small deworming pill for tapeworms and roundworms. Milbemax for casts and for small cats and kittens contain milbemycin which is very effective in treating roundworms and praziquantel which is effective against tapeworms.

There are also lots of medications available in the market today as liquid, pastes and granules, injections and spot-ons used in deworming cats. The best of these products can be relayed to you by your veterinary surgeon to provide you for the most appropriate treatment for your cat.

Kittens with ascarids should be dewormed at 2 to 3 weeks of age and should be repeated at 5 to 6 weeks of age. But if after treatment, the worms or eggs are still found in the stool, subsequent treatment should be performed. Many veterinarians advise of deworming kittens through a safe kind of dewormer each month until 6 months of age.