Does my cat have worms?

Does my cat have worms?

All cats are susceptible to worms from the moment they are born. Pregnancy lowers the effectiveness of the mother’s immune response, so worms can develop and be passed to her kittens via her milk when they’re first born. This is why adopting a regular worming routine from the moment your cat comes home is essential.


Failing to do so can result in health problems for your pet, increased risk of infection to other pets, and the risk of infection to yourself and your family.




How do cats get infected with worms?

Unfortunately, worm eggs are everywhere.

As already mentioned, kittens become infected with worms via their mother’s milk. As they grow into adult cats and take their first steps out of the cat flap, they are likely to come into contact with worm eggs in the environment.

The most common way your cat may become infected is by:

·         Picking up worm eggs from the grass or soil, which are then ingested while grooming

·         Eating infected prey, like mice and birds

·         Eating undercooked meat

·         From fleas and occasionally lice


     

How can I become more Worm Aware?

There are things you can do to minimise the risk of contamination, and it is important that all pet owners take these steps. Worm eggs need to “mature” for up to two weeks before they become infective, so emptying your cat’s litter tray and scooping up any faeces from outside should be done daily. This is quite safe to do so long as you follow basic hygiene practices.

Humans can become infected by worms – this has been linked to blindness and even asthma, especially in children. For those that want extra protection, you can wear gloves while cleaning litter trays, and facemasks are also an option. Afterwards, it is also essential that you wash your hands, which will help minimise the spread of bacteria as well as worms.

The best way to fight worms is by becoming a seasoned wormer. This is easy to achieve by simply sticking to a regular worming routine, which will help keep your cat and your family safe.



How often should I worm my cat?

Adult cats should be wormed at least every three months – that’s one treatment for every season - to minimise the spread of worm eggs. Nursing queens and kittens should be wormed more often than adult cats (initially every two weeks) until the kittens are 12 weeks old and a strong immune response has developed. You must check that the product you want to use for your feeding cat and kittens is suitable before commencing treatment. Additional advice about worming pregnant or nursing cats should be sought from your vet.


Link: seasoned wormers blog




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