Cats and Kittens are healthier when they are free from worms which are parasites that live inside your pet, often without you knowing. Different worms pose different risks, but, if left untreated, some can seriously endanger not only your cat’s health but also your family’s health. As some worms can infect people, with children being most at risk, it is important that all cat owners should ensure that regular worming is part of their pet care routine.
There are many different types of internal parasites (endoparasites) that your cat can be at risk from including roundworms, tapeworms and heartworm. Your cat is at risk of contracting these worms from contaminated soil as worm eggs and larvae are passed in the faeces of infected animals, and some can survive in the soil for a year or more. In addition cats can be infected by ingesting fleas when grooming themselves and by hunting as a result of eating small mammals such as mice and birds.
Cats can remain looking healthy on the outside, even if they have a worm infestation on the inside. It may not be until the infestation is severe that as a pet owner you may begin to notice symptoms such as weight loss, poor coat condition and vomiting and diarrhoea. Worms weaken the immune system, and by migration through major organs can cause illness such as pneumonia. Whilst a cat with a lighter infestation may show no external signs, they are still a possible source of infection to others, including humans.
As always a preventative approach to treating and controlling parasites for your cat or kitten is advised. Our veterinary professionals at Clarendon house will be happy to recommend a specific parasite control plan for your individual pet’s needs depending on age, indoor or outdoor lifestyle and if they are good hunters regularly catching small rodents and birds. Worming preparations used for the prevention and treatment of worms come in the form of topical spot-on treatments, tablets, granules and oral pastes. Once again our team at Clarendon House will advise on the most appropriate products for your individual cat’s needs.
Becoming a member of our Healthy Pet Club will enable you to enjoy a wide range of benefits which includes 12 months of flea and worming treatments.
If you are concerned that your cat may have a worm infestation or if you would like enquire as to the best preventative care please contact our reception team and they will be happy to help you.