In their lives, almost all cat have an experience of at least a single form of worm infection; those of the tapeworm and the roundworm being the most common. Infection by worms is something that can affect any pet including the cat, and not only the dog as is widely believed. Normally the cats who are less than six months of age are most prone to worm infection and thus veterinarians suggest cat owners that they get a monthly vaccination for their cat till the cat attains the age of six months. This is also needed since kittens are born with worms that stay in their body. Merely de-worming just kills the worms that are alive, but not the eggs laid by them which may develop further worms.
There are many reasons behind cats getting worms, and this may not only cause inconvenience to the cat, but is dangerous to the family members as well.
The general worm infection in cats is the tapeworm. Consumption of food items that have been consumed by tapeworm can result in this worm infection. This will make the eggs flow into the cat’s body and develop into worms. Besides imposing a threat to the cat’s life, they, as said, pose a danger to humans living with the cat too. So the usage of medicines that can prevent such kind of an infection (for instance, Advantix) and also having regular check-ups for your cat helps a great deal.
Hookworms and roundworms also infect the cat. The consumption of soil or the transfer of larvae during pregnancy or nursing is the primary cause behind such an infection. Due to the mother’s nature to clean the feces of the children with their mouth, the transfer can easily take place if the mother has unchecked worm infection. Roundworms can be seen by mere inspection of the feces of the cat, but hookworms are not easy to identify by simply having a look at the feces.
The treatment of worm infection is a simple thing. De-worming of the cat is one of the simplest kinds of treatment and the medicines administered accelerate the process of de-worming the cat. Also, hygiene should be maintained at the house to prevent chances of the cat getting worm infection.
1.Facts about tapeworms
All the worms are parasitic in nature, which feed in the cat’s body and can cause sickness to them. Transfer of worms can easily take place from cat to cat, and if you have more cats in your house, it becomes a rather simple thing to transfer infection.
There are many segments in a tapeworm and each of those segments contains eggs that can produce further tapeworms. By the process of excretion, it becomes easier to extract out the infection from the cat’s body.
2.How are cats infected with tapeworm?
The transfer of tapeworm and the eggs from one cat to another is the most common cause of infection to cats by tapeworms. Cat fleas are also the primary source of tapeworm in cats. The fleas consume the eggs of the tapeworms which then pass in the stool of the cat, and if the cat happens to consume the flea then transfer of the eggs is not a matter of time. So in order to keep tapeworm infection at bay, make sure that your cat doesn’t consume flea, which otherwise is a perfect recipe for disaster!
3.Symptoms of tapeworms
The behavior of the cat should be checked constantly. If the cats scratch the lick their anus too often, they probably have got the infection. Irritation and losing the appetite are also good indicators of the disease.
If you have the slightest doubt about the cat being infected by worms, take him to a veterinarian for a check-up. A de-worming medicine prescribed by him will almost surely get the cat out of the infection. Make sure you maintain hygiene in the areas where the cat normally resides. Also, make a proper diet for the cat so that consumption of infected food is an option that is ruled out.
Keep fleas at bay to prevent chances of the cat being infected by tapeworms. As said earlier as well, a de-worming medication prescribed by the pet will keep the worms at a mile’s distance from the cat.