Worms in my Cat

Worms in your cat can cause serious illness, vomiting, diarrhoea, poor coat condition and loss of weight.

There are many types of worms found in you cat.


Roundworms & Tapeworms

These worms live in the intestine of your cat. Roundworms such as Toxocara can be potentially harmful to humans especially young children. It can even cause blindness if they come in contact with the faeces of a dog or cat infected with this worm


Other worms your pet can pick up include.

  • Hookworms

  • Whipworms

  • Heartworms


Regular worming is the only way to ensure your cat stays worm free and healthy.


How do I worm my cat?

There are 2 options when worming your cat- tablets and spot on treatments.


1.WORM TABLETS

We use a worm tablet called MILBEMAX.

We recommend you worm your cat as follows:


Kittens less than 6 months.  

  • Worm every month up to 6 months i.e. worm at 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 months of age.


Kittens over 6 months and Adult cats:

  • Worm every 3 months i.e. worm at 6, 9, 12 and 15 months etc.


2.SPOT ON TREATMENTS

Cats can be difficult to give tablets to. If you are unable to give a worming tablet to your cat or are unsure if your cat has taken the tablet there is now a “spot on” treatment for worms in cats.


PROFENDER is a “spot on” treatment applied to the skin at the back of the neck of your cat. It is absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.

PROFENDER kills all types of intestinal worms in cats. It kills tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms.

PROFENDER should be applied to your cat every 3 months.


How do cats get worms?

Worms can be found anywhere outdoor or inside the house. These microscopic eggs are just waiting to be picked up and ingested by your cat.

Your cat can pick up roundworms from soil contaminated with worm eggs.

Tapeworms are acquired when your cat eats mice or birds.

Fleas also play a role in transferring tapeworms. By ingesting a flea when grooming your cat may also be taking in a tapeworm as well.


Therefore flea treatment is also important to keep your cat worm free.


We can now send you a reminder by text message or e-mail to ensure your cat receives its regular worm doses.