Parasite control through deworming is a way of ensuring your cat is clear of any parasitic infection and also protects your family. There are parasites that cats can contract that can be infectious to humans as well. The most common time to find parasites in cats is when they are young or if they go outside.
What are some types of parasites found in cats?
Parasites found in cats include roundworm, hookworm, Giardia, and Coccidia.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Many times your cat will not show any symptoms of a parasitic infection. There are some cats that will develop diarrhea, stool with a lot of mucus, a bloated or distended abdomen and sometimes you may even see worms shed in your cats feces.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
There are some parasites that can be infectious to humans, so it is important to always wash your hands after handling your cat’s feces. If you are concerned, please speak to your medical doctor.
What is the deworming schedule?
At Seneca Animal Clinic, we recommend that you bring a sample of your cat’s bowel movement to their first appointment and if the sample tests positive for parasites, a deworming medication will be dispensed. A yearly fecal sample is recommended to ensure that your cat has not picked up any parasites from the environment. If your cat goes outside, a monthly flea and parasite medication will be recommended.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
Most deworming medications are very safe but mild gastrointestinal upset (vomiting or diarrhea) can occur. If you have any concerns about a medication that your veterinarian has sent home, please call the clinic.