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.