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    Cat Symptoms - Worms | Kitten Ads

    Articlecat health and wellbeingFriday 20 May 2011
    Although worm symptoms can cause substantial discomfort for your cat, there’s no need to immediately panic, as it is fairly common for a cat to suffer from the infection. Parasitic worms tend to become a problem when cat fur becomes infected by worm eggs or when cats eat food laced with parasites.

    Generally, a cat owner will be able to tell when a worm infection occurs, as they can be visible in both stools and in vomit. Other warning signs include a sudden decline in the quality of the cat’s fur, general fatigue, a noticeable change in appetite and excessive diarrhoea. However, it is worth noting that many cats can display no outward signs of discomfort, even during a heavy bout of worms.

    In most cases, a short course of treatment can help rid a cat of worms. Sadly, however, if the cat’s symptoms are left untreated and become severe, a case can prove fatal. Consider our guide to deworming below to learn more about combating this potential health problem.

    The Implications of Cat Worms

    There are many different types of worm from the common tapeworm to general parasites. Most are named after the part of the body they attack. Generally, intestinal worms are the type most likely to cause major problems for your cat. Once the worms have become visible and the cat’s symptoms point to worms, consult with a vet and they will be able to advise you about the correct wormer type to treat your cat. Worming treatment may need to be administered for several days after the infection has been diagnosed.

    There are some simple steps you can take to minimise the risk of a worm infection occurring. If there seems to be a worm outbreak in the area, try and keep the amount of time a cat spends outdoors to a minimum. Try and clear out the cat litter on a more regular basis – this will help improve sanitary conditions. Check what your cat is eating to ensure worms do not enter the body via this route.

    Finally, try and keep your cat rid of fleas at all times – this only encourages the parasites which can lead a cat into exhibiting worm symptoms.

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