A Guide To The Different Cat Dewormer Treatments

A Guide To The Different Cat Dewormer Treatments

While there are several types of worms that can infect cats, the four most common types are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and heartworms.  Not only do these worms pose danger to the cat, but they can also infect humans and other household pets.  To avoid these additional side effects, it is recommended that kittens are dewormed, as well as recently adopted cats and cats with symptoms of worms.  This article will explain the issue of worms and cat dewormer treatments.

How Do I Know If My Cat Has Worms?

The first step to determining if your cat has worms is to diagnose the problem.  All cats will experience symptoms of infection that contributes to identification of a worm infection.  The most common sign of worms is the presence of a physical worm, and this can be seen in the cat’s fecal matter.  Tapeworm segments typically break off and will come out in the cat’s feces.  To determine if the worm is a tapeworm, it is recommended that you collect the small white items in a bag and take them to the cat’s veterinarian.

Cats with a worm infection will also begin vomiting, particularly if they have a roundworm infection.  This worm looks similar to a spaghetti noodle, but vomiting can also be an indication of heartworm infection.  As with the tapeworm in fecal matter, it is recommended you collect vomit and take it to the veterinarian to diagnose this potential infection.

Cats with heartworm or intestinal worm infections will also experience weight loss.  In some cases, the weight loss will be dramatic; however, this depends greatly on the size and number of worms.  If your cat starts to lose weight or experiences a bloated stomach, you should contact your veterinarian for a physical consultation.

What Are The Cat Dewormer Treatments?

  1. A Medical Prescription

Once the cat is diagnosed with worms, the necessary medication must be obtained via the veterinarian.  You should not try to medicate your pet using over-the-counter cat dewormer medication, particularly with kittens.  While it is likely that your cat will be given a series of pills, the medication is available in capsule, tablets, liquids or topical treatment forms.  Never attempt to choose the medication yourself or the manner of administration as it may cause more damage than good.

It is important that you are prepared for side effects when treating your cat with a course of prescription medication.  The most significant thing is that the medication is poisoning the worms, and this is why side effects can include vomiting or diarrhea.  Speak to your veterinarian if this side effect is not an expected reaction, and ensure that the cat is responding to the medication correctly.

  1. Providing Oral Prescription

If you are utilizing oral medication as a type of cat deworming treatment, it is necessary to prepare application items to ensure successful treatment.  First, you need to prepare the medication and place the liquid medication into an eye dropper or oral syringe.  It is recommended that you keep the dropper out of your cat’s sight as they will run away if they see the liquid medication.  The cat must always be calm when dropping medication into the cat’s mouth to ensure the animal swallows the liquid.