Worm infestations affect young cats with relative frequency. If untreated, they can lead to severe ailments. Thankfully though, parasites are very easy to combat as soon as the problem has been recognised. Get your little “tiger to caress”, as Victor Hugo lovingly called cats, dewormed for the first time three weeks after it is born and then every three to four weeks recurrently.
Table of contents
- Your trusted vet as a point of contact
- Signs of a worm infestation
- The right deworming cycle
- Faeces sample provides information
- Roundworms (e.g. Toxocara cati) and roundworm larvae
- Pulmonary worms (Aelurostrongylus abstrusus)
- Hookworms (e.g. Anyclostoma)
- Heart worms (Dirofilaria immitis)
- Tapeworms (Hydatigera or Taenia taeniaeformis)
- How you can prevent worm infestations
- Individually different parasite risks
However, this is just a general guideline. Only a vet can make the final decision as to what deworming cycle is right for each individual cat.
Vermifuges have to be administered very frequently in animal homes too, because unfortunately kittens are partly in a very bad condition when they are handed in there.