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How to Get Rid of Worms in Cats in 4 Easy Steps

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ats naturally like roaming around, interacting with other cats, and preying on rodents, making them prone to getting intestinal parasites. While most infected cats do not show signs of having worms, severe worm infestation can cause weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, and at times even stunted growth.

But aside from the dangers posed by intestinal worms in your cats, some intestinal worms can also infect humans, posing a health concern both to you and your felines. In this post, I will show you how to get rid of worm in cats at home even if you have never done it before.

What You Will Need:

1. A Weighing Scale

A postal scale is ideal as it would accurately measure your cat’s weight to the ounce, but if you don’t own one, an ordinary bathroom scale will do.

2. Worming Medicine

There is a wide range of worming medicine available in the market, coming in different forms (e.g., tablets, capsules, liquid, and even topical) and specially formulated to treat specific types of worm infestation (e.g., roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms).

Some of the more popular and most effective worming medicines are Drontal, Profender, Droncit, and Cestex.

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Drontal is a broad-spectrum dewormer in pill form which kills roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms. Profender is also a broad-spectrum dewormer, but unlike Drontal, it is applied topically. Droncit and Cestex, on the other hand, specifically treat tapeworm infestation in cats. These four dewormers all require the prescription of a veterinarian.

While there are a lot of over-the-counter worming medicines for cats available, it is best not to administer them with your cats without first consulting with a veterinarian. Your vet can advise you with the most suitable medication depending on your cat’s age, breed, and condition.

3. Oral Syringe or Dropper for Liquid Medicine

You can purchase this either from your veterinarian or from any drugstore.


How to get rid of worm in cats

A worm infestation can cause serious health problems in your cat (e.g., anemia and weight loss) and may even cause death if not treated properly. The eggs and larvae of intestinal worms infecting cats may also enter your body through contact or ingestion. The following is a step-by-step guide in deworming your cat:

Step 1: Determine The Type Of Worm Infesting Your Cat

The three most common intestinal worms infesting cats are roundworms, tapeworms, and the hookworm. Roundworms are the most common intestinal worms found in cats.

A cat may directly ingest roundworm eggs from feces or from infected rodents. It may also be passed from queens (mother cats) to their kittens through their milk.

Tapeworms, on the other hand, are long, flat, and segmented intestinal worms which can be anywhere from four to 28 inches in length. The severed segments of a tapeworm resemble rice grains in appearance.

Hookworms, meanwhile, are small intestinal worms –less than an inch long – which primarily reside in the small intestine. Cats may contract hookworms either by ingestion or skin contact.

Intestinal worms can sometimes be a little difficult to spot or properly identify so if you suspect worm infestation in your feline, it is best to collect a stool or vomit sample and bring it to your vet for proper diagnosis.

Step 2: Determine What Worming Medication Is Best For Your Cat

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As mentioned above, the worming medicine that you should administer to your cat will depend primarily on the type of intestinal worm infesting your feline. Again, we highly recommend that you consult with a veterinarian first before buying a worming medicine to make sure that your cat will have no allergic reaction to the same.

For kittens, you will need a worming medicine which kills roundworms as they are extremely common in kittens and can be transferred to them via their mother’s milk.

Step 3: Weigh Your Cat

The dosage of worming medicine that you should administer to your cat will vary depending on your cat’s weight. The video above will show you how to accurately weigh your cat using a bathroom scale.

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Weigh your cat regularly will help you keep track of weight fluctuations. Rapid weight loss coupled with a “pot belly” is often indicative of a worm infestation. Rapid weight loss or weight gain, meanwhile, might be symptomatic of a health condition or disease.

Step 4: Administer The Worming Medicine

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Check the medicine’s label for the proper dosage given your cat’s weight. Likewise, check if your cat’s medicine can be given with food. If it can be given with food, you can give it to your cat by mixing it with cat food or by putting it in treats with pill pockets.

Try to take away food from your cat for 12 hours to make sure that it is hungry and would want to eat.

If the medicine cannot be given with food, then you will have to do it by hand. When administering medicine orally, it might be necessary to restrain your cat first, especially if your cat is not used to taking medicine.

You can do this by wrapping your cat in a towel with only its head exposed so as to prevent it from escaping or from scratching you.

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Once you have restrained your feline, open your cat’s mouth by pressing your thumb and ring finger to the corners of its mouth while gently tilting its head up. If administering liquid medicine, insert the dropper between your cat’s cheek and teeth and slowly release the liquid.

If administering a pill or tablet, put the tablet as far back on your cat’s tongue as you can, quickly close its mouth, and gently rub its throat to encourage swallowing. For a step-by-step guide in administering medicine to your cat, you may want to check this link and this link.

Conclusion

How to get rid of worms in cats

Deworming your feline friends is important in ensuring overall health and in avoiding complications which may arise from a worm infestation. Deworming is important for kittens as intestinal worms can stunt their growth and, sometimes, may cause death.

If you have several cats, it is important to deworm those which are infested with worms so to prevent the transfer of worms from one cat to another.

If you like this article or if you have other tips in deworming your feline friends, let us know what you think in the comments below. Let us know, too, if there are deworming products you would highly recommend. To help out fellow cat-lovers in deworming their pets, feel free to share this tutorial.

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