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  • How can I tell if my cat has worms?
  • The symptoms can vary in their intensity. In young kittens, roundworms may cause abdominal swelling and pain, loss of weight, vomiting or diarrhea, and on rare occasions, rupture of the bowel. A post mortem may find that the stomach and intestines contain hundreds of worms. The migrating larvae in the lungs may also cause coughing. A young kitten that is thin with a ‘pot belly’ is often described as a typically ‘wormy’ kitten. In adult cats, symptoms are rarely seen, except for an occasional adult worm in faeces or vomit. Nevertheless, it is still very important to treat adult cats for roundworms, or they will continue to infect other pets, and possibly also children. Tapeworms consume very little food, so it is only when they are present in large quantities that they may interfere with normal digestion. Tapeworms therefore do not usually cause loss of weight. However, the presence of worms almost certainly causes some discomfort or irritation around the anus as a result of shedding segments.

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