Cat Worm Prevention Explained

Cat worms are parasites that live in your cat's body and destroy her immune system. Since re-infection occurs in cats free from worms, preventive measures are necessary to control cat worm infections. Before we understand the preventive measures, it's important to know the types of worm infections and how your cat contracts them.

Types of Worms:

  • Tapeworms
  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Whipworms

Cats contract worms from many contaminated sources. If your cat happens to ingest contaminated soil that contains worm larva or eggs, she will get infected with worms. Kittens are susceptible to worm infections like roundworms and hookworms, as they may pass from the queen (mother) to the unborn kittens. Fleas also carry worm eggs that pass through cat feces. If your cat accidentally ingests an infected flea, the larva will mature into adult worms in her digestive tract.

There are many preventive measures cat owners should take to keep their pets from contracting worms.

Preventive Tips

  • Fleas are major carriers of worm eggs and infections. Make sure you treat your cat for fleas and ticks. Vacuum and steam clean carpets and rugs in your home. Cat bedding should be kept very clean and the surroundings disinfected regularly.
  • Follow appropriate measures to dispose of pet feces. Tapeworm segments are found in cat feces and fleas are known to pick up worm larva from feces.
  • Commercially available worm medication for pregnant cats will prevent worm infection in kittens.
  • Cats may also contract worms from rodents. Prevent your cat from hunting rodents and take necessary steps to keep rodents away from your home.
  • It's best to keep your cat away from other pets that may be ill or carry infections.
  • Well groomed cats are less likely to fall prey to fleas and ticks.
  • Treat your cat promptly for worm infections and consider giving your cat a monthly preventive treatment against worms.
  • Make sure your cat doesn't wander outdoors around plants and soil. Cats are more susceptible to fleas and worm infections if left outdoors.
  • Keep litter boxes clean, and change the litter daily.

Commercial Medication to Treat Worms

  • Revolution for cats
  • Interceptor
  • HomeoPet Wrm Clear
  • Droncit

Tape Worm Tabs Cat

Some medicines require a prescription because they contain praziquantel, which damages adult parasites in the cat's system so that it passes through the stool. Before administering any drug to your pet, carefully read and follow package instructions.

How to Detect a Worm Infection

There are few symptoms that cats exhibit when infected with worms. Look for signs of vomiting and diarrhea. Tapeworms release segments that pass through cat feces. You may find these segments stuck to your cat's fur around the anus. Kittens infected with worms show signs of potbellies and dull hair coats.

Cat owners can easily treat and prevent worm infections in their pets if they keep their surroundings clean. Conduct routine vet checks that include fecal exams and provide your cat with proper diet and nutritional supplements for optimal health.