Your cat can get worms from eating unclean animals like rats and birds with worm larva eggs and also eating fleas while grooming her. Once these eggs hatch, the worms will grow and lay more eggs in your cats’ body manifesting the symptoms below.
Common Types Of Worms In Cats
Intestinal parasites that commonly affect our pets are roundworms and tapeworms.
A fully grown roundworm is round and size can range from less than two inches to almost 6 inches in length. The cat can be infested after eating grass with larva, which can be dormant. When the cat becomes pregnant she can pass the larva to her kitten unknowingly through the placenta before birth.
Also when the cat is nursing her kitten she can pass the larva through the milk to her baby. It is very hard to avoid this as cats lick everything from grass, dead birds, soil which can be carriers of the worm eggs.
Tapeworms are common in cats, as cats feed mostly on rats which can be infested or lick contaminated grass. When your cat ingest a flea which is the (intermediate host) it leads to tapeworm manifestation in her body. Once the flea is released in the stomach it is digested but the tapeworm egg floats and attaches itself into the cats’ intestines and starts to grow.
It grows as small segments full of eggs which are passed out as faeces into the environment. The worms are small in size (inches) and look like rice grains in your cats poop. For treatments consult your veterinarian for deworming treatment.
Cats are curious animals and you cannot stop them from hunting mice, birds or rabbits. Keeping them indoor can be impossible sometimes when they chase bunnies around the neighbourhood so to control tapeworm regular deworming is appropriate, keep surrounding clean and their feeding bowl, water fountains clean for preventing basis.
Symptoms Of A Cat With Worms
Worm infections are very common and spread easily. If left untreated, they can become severe, as the worms can lead to low weight and other complications for your feline friend.
If your cat has a bloated stomach, diarrhoea, vomiting, harsh coat and fur, stool has worms and weight loss it might be presence of worms in your cats’ body. Take her to the veterinarian for proper checkup and treatment.
How Can I Prevent Worms
If the worms are left untreated in your cat they can lead to damaged liver and lungs causing respiratory problems and your cat can start vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss and abdominal discomfort.
The best way to find out if your cat has worms is to check her stool to see if it has visible worms or white round larva eggs. For further test you should take her to the veterinarian. Your vet will prescribe deworming treatments or necessary medicine if severe.
Do not give human medicines as it might be poisonous or unsuitable for your cat. Going forward take your cat for regular checkup and do constant deworming treatments after several months or weeks from 2,4,6 weeks depending on your vet recommendations.
Regular grooming your cat and disposal of the cat litter appropriate will go a long way in curbing the spread of the eggs, clean your hands to avoid getting infected too.