Worms in kittens are very common. As a pet owner, you may have noticed that your kitten has cat worms symptoms that affect your pets causing malnutrition, dehydration and anemia. Internal parasites can lead to health risk to kittens. A visit to the veterinarian for diagnosis and dewormers may help your kitten to be healthy.
As a preventive rule to kittens getting worms, you can bring your pet kittens to the vet for physical exam, vaccination and preventive deworming the moment you get a pet kitten.
An over-the-counter medication for cat worms is Revolution. Many pet owners have discovered that Revoluation can help your cat avoid getting intestinal worms including all other kinds of parasites.
How does your kitten get infected with worms?
A particular kind of cat worm called heartworm can easily infect kittens exposed to mosquitoes. The mosquitoes are carrier of heartworm parasites and pass them on to the kittens by biting them. From the mosquito bites, the heartworm larvae are deposited into the bloodstream which can lodge in the heart and lung vessels causing a blockage and leading to cat’s death. However, the irony is that outdoor cats are usually at risk of mosquito bites but because they seem to have immunity to outdoor health hazards, they are less susceptible compared to indoor cats. Watch out for the following symptoms of heartworm disease in your kitten such as convulsions, difficulty in breathing, sluggishness, nausea and vomiting, coughing and loss of weight.
Can medications cure heartworms in kittens? The bad news is that heartworm medicines can cause blood clotting in cats so the best way is to prevent your pet cat from getting heartworm.
Intestinal parasites can enter the pores of your kitten’s skin. When Hookworms in cats get into the pores, the larvae develop and cling to the small intestines where they suck on the nutrients of the kitten. This is why malnutrition and anemia are the first cat worms symptoms noticeable in kittens with hookworms. Your kitten will also manifest diarrhea, lethargy including nausea and vomiting. The kitten’s stool is checked for hookworm eggs and dewormer will be prescribed. If anemia is worst, then blood transfusion may be advised by your veterinarian. Hookworms can be transmitted to human beings, make sure therefore that feces of kittens be removed from your house or backyard.
If you noticed that your kitten has abdominal bloating, frequent bowel movement or diarrhea, sudden loss of appetite as well as lethargy and nausea, it could be that roundworms have infested your kitten. Roundworms can enter the kitten’s body if it ingested an infected animal, through contact with mother cat or contact with infected cat feces. The larvae develop inside the body and attach to the kitten’s organs. If not detected and dewormed, roundworms may cause intestinal and respiratory infection and pneumonia in severe cases.
When cats and kittens have fleas, they may likely have tapeworms, too. Tapeworm larvae are ingested by fleas. Grooming cats and kittens may eat these fleas with tapeworms and larvae will develop inside the kitten’s body. Observe your kittens feces or anus for any spotted rice like particles and anal itching; these are the common indicators of tapeworms in kittens. To prevent tapeworms, ensure that your home is flea-free. Of course, if kittens have worms, dewormer can readily kill the tapeworms.
Outdoor kittens are at risk of ingesting contaminated soil which can cause whipworms. Although rarely do whipworms develop in cat’s intestines, you can kill the worms and egg casings using a good deworming medicine.