Worms in your pet cat are dangerous for your pet's health and for your family as well. It is treatable, although it may take several bouts of treatment before the problem is eliminated. Tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms are some of the common feline parasites. The best course of action is to prevent an infestation. Here's what you can do,
- Keep you cat clean. Cats generally clean themselves, but make sure that it is free of lice and ticks. You may even take you cat to be groomed.
- Regularly clean and sanitize the kitty litter box. Don't let the old kitty litter sit for several days when you know it needs changing. Worms thrive in fecal matter and urine so it's best to rid of it right away. Before you add new litter, wash the box or bin with warm soapy water and sanitize properly. Also, if you have a yard, keep the area clean since cats may also get worms from feces and urine on the soil.
- Bring your cat to the vet regularly for check ups. A physical examination of your cat should be done. Fecal samples may also be tested. If you have other animals, it's best to have them checked as well, to avoid cross contamination.
- Train your car not to hunt rodents and birds, as this is a common way for a worm infestation to begin. Make your cat eat cooked or frozen fish instead.
- Check for signs of worm infestation. Check the anus of your cat to see if there are any tapeworms. If you notice there are changes in the disposition of the cat, or your pet is losing weight despite having an adequate diet, consult your vet.
- Keep your pet indoors. It will help keep your cat clean, but also keep it away from soil and dirt and other places where it can pick up a feline infestation.
- Deworm your cat. You may also give your cat monthly medications to keep worms at bay. If you have a pregnant cat, it can pass on worms to their newborn kitten through nursing. Deworm the mother cat after it gives birth and keep the kittens away from their mother for a few days, or until the vet gives the go ahead signal.
- Keep your cat healthy. Provide it with a good balanced and nutritious diet and give it some multi vitamins. This will boost your cat's overall immunity to ward off infections and other disease.
Keep your cat away from other animals. It's not wise that your pet cat associates with other neighborhood cats and dogs to lower the risk of infection. Worms are highly contagious so it's best to isolate your pet in case it is diagnosed with worms. Keep children away from the cat during the treatment time.
After handling your pet, make sure you protect yourself and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.