Treating roundworms in cats can be done through numerous medications which can be recommended by your veterinarian. The veterinarian will recommend a roundworm treatment based on the cat’s age and the present condition. Deworming a pregnant cat also needs the advice of the vet to enable treatment of both mom and kittens. A monthly dewormer for roundworms in cats will not only will treat your pet but also prevent it from having future roundworm infections.
Roundworms or ascarids are considered internal parasites which are common catworms and survive by sucking the nutrients absorbed by the cat’s intestines. They are round parasites that can reach up to four inches long. The color varies from white to pale brown and looks like spaghetti noodles. They are usually suspended from the cat’s intestines and suck up nutrients from the its diet. The eggs of the roundworms can be detected through routine check of the stool sample of your cat. You can send your cat to a vet for treatment of roundworms after observing symptoms such as weight loss, pot bellied appearance, diarrhea, coughing, vomiting and dull hair coat.
The most popular treatments that your vet may recommend are the following:
- Drontal or Drontal plus which contain Febantel
- Strongid and Nemex which has an active ingredient known as pyrantel pamoate
- Panacur that contains fenbendazole
- Heartguard plus that contains pyrantel pamoate as well can also be administered orally to get rid of cat roundworms.
Dosage instructions should be followed correctly to eradicate roundworms. Over-the-counter medications such as those containing piperazine can also eliminate roundworms in cats. Milbemycin, ivermectin and selamectin are also considered effective dewormers especially for older kittens and adult cats.
Pyrantel pomoate is considered safe and effective as well for kittens which should be dewormed starting at 3 weeks from birth. Adult worms can be killed by giging the same medicine two to three weeks later. Kittens can also be dewormed monthly until 6 months of age for a more effective deworming result. Pyrantel pomoate can be given to your pet by your vet. Fasting your cat is not needed prior to the use of this kind of medication.
Roundworm treatments are not meant to kill the parasites in cats but only to stun the worms so that they may be discharged through the feces of the cat. If you see roundworms in the stool of the cat, then you can say that the medications taken by your cat have been effective. Exposure to the environment of the roundworms will start killing the worms.