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.