When to deworm your cat?
Posted on December 13 2018
Deworming an animal, and especially your cat, is highly recommended. It should even be mandatory. This protects your feline but also your entire family against worms and parasites that can poison your life. We explain to you why, how and when to deworm your cat.
The vermifuge, what interest?
An un-wormed cat will be much more likely to develop worm-related diseases . These, or parasites , may be of different origin. There are greens that appear after eating a raw food , such as meat . From then on, these worms will grow in your feline's intestine .
We also find worms that enjoy mingling with your cat's blood and causing anemia . The dirofilaria, called heart worms , feed directly on the blood plasma of your cat, but also your dog.
Because, indeed, the worms and parasites of your cat can also be transmitted to the canines and vice versa. They are also transmissible to men and children , who are more vulnerable. Your cat will be even more if he is used to wandering in your garden or outside . He may have ascariasis, which is quite common in the kitten . This worm is transmitted by the mother's milk or by simple contact with her excrement . Make worming your cat is therefore essential.
What are the types of worms?
In the course of his life, your undewormed cat can catch different types of worms:
The worms digestive , whether the nematodes (roundworms) or tapeworms (tapeworms). These are parasites of your cat's intestine . Note that cestodes are more rare. There are also smaller digestive worms, such as hookworms, but which affect mostly dogs.
The roundworms live in the small intestine . They are quite common in your feline. They are rather long (about twenty centimeters) and feed on a substance found in the stomach .
As with humans, we can deal with tapeworms , or solitary worms.
Of to cardiopulmonary , quite rare in France, can also affect your cat, especially if you live in an area of southern Europe.
When to deworm your cat?
It is essential to deworm your cat at an early age . The kittens are exposed to and the development of parasites. What's more, worms can cause serious and irreversible damage to several organs in your feline. Not to mention the fact that some are transmissible to the man and the child, who does not practice all the rules of hygiene . Do not wait for your cat to vomit, be anemic or have a dull coat to act. Prevention is the best weapon.
You must deworm your cat 2 to 4 times a year depending on your lifestyle. Even if your feline does not go outside or outside, do not skip this crucial step, because if the dewormer is not preventative , regularly given doses to your pet will allow him to properly defend himself in front of worms, killing them.
Which option to choose?
Make worming your cat is an act medical that should be performed by your veterinarian . Or in any case, he must make you a medical prescription to perform the act yourself. Two deworming modes are recommended:
A tablet that can be mixed with your cat's food. Tablets can even look like a treat and be given to your feline without him realizing it. The dosage is made according to several parameters defined by your veterinarian (weight, age ...).
The pipettes are like goods flea or anti-tick . They are often applied at the neck , on the surface of the skin . The pipette may seem easier , because it does not ask to swallow something to your pet .
In both cases, your veterinarian must show you the procedure to follow.
And the kitten?
Your kitten must be de- wormed very early , because the infection can take place in the womb , if it is itself infested. His treatment must be adapted and particular . In his first month, he will be dewormed every 2 weeks, then once a month until 6 months of age. Thereafter, it will take a normal rhythm of 2 to 4 times a year, according to its outputs.