16 April 2024

Weybridge Vets explore why regular worming is important for cats

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When it comes to our feline friends, one aspect of their healthcare routine that can sometimes be overlooked is regular worming. While cats may not always show obvious signs of a worm infestation, these parasites can pose serious health risks to both your pet and your human family. In this article, Weybridge Vets explore why regular worming is so important for cats. 

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Why do cats need worming?

Firstly, the team at Weybridge Vets share why worms are a concern for cats. There are several types of worms that can affect felines, including:

  • Roundworms: Roundworms are one of the most common intestinal parasites found in cats. They are particularly prevalent in kittens, as they can be transmitted from the mother cat to her offspring through the placenta or milk. Adult cats can also become infected through ingestion of roundworm eggs from contaminated soil or prey.
  • Tapeworms: Tapeworms in cats are another common intestinal parasite. They typically infest cats who hunt and eat rodents or other small animals, as well as cats who ingest fleas containing tapeworm larvae. Tapeworm segments, which resemble small grains of rice, may be visible around the cat's anus or in their faeces.
  • Hookworms: While hookworm infections are less common in the UK compared to some other regions, they can still affect cats, particularly those that spend time outdoors. Hookworm larvae can penetrate the skin of cats or be ingested from contaminated soil, leading to intestinal infection.

Vet Simon Felger, explains that once inside your cat's body, worms can wreak havoc on your cat's digestive system, leading to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, and a dull coat. In severe cases, untreated worm infestations can even be fatal, particularly in kittens and senior cats with weaker immune systems.

When it comes to tapeworms in cats, Simon stresses that certain species of tapeworms can also be transmitted to humans, posing a potential risk to your family's health. This is especially concerning in households with young children or individuals with compromised immune systems. By keeping your cat's worming treatment up to date, you're not only safeguarding their health but also minimising the risk of transmission to humans.

How often do cats need worming?

The frequency of cat worming can vary depending on factors such as your cat's age, lifestyle, and overall health. In general, our vets at Weybridge Vets recommend worming adult cats at least every three months, while kittens may require more frequent treatments, typically starting from 3 weeks of age. Outdoor cats or those with access to hunting prey may need more frequent de-worming to ensure adequate protection against parasites.

Which cat wormer products are best?

Our vets in Weybridge can advise you on the most appropriate vet-recommended worming product for your cat based on their individual needs and lifestyle. Additionally, many of these products also offer protection against other common parasites, such as fleas and ticks, providing comprehensive care for your cat.

If your cat hasn't been wormed in a while or you're not sure which cat wormer products are right for your cat, get in touch with our friendly team at Weybridge Vets who will be happy to advise you.

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