Worms in Cats: Symptoms, Natural Treatments and Home Remedies

June 29, 2010 | Cat Health | Leave a Comment |

Symptoms of Worms in Cats

  • Intestinal parasites drag our cats down very slowly. They rob them of their pep and spunk.
  • Many times symptoms are hidden. You may just notice a lack of energy and no zest for life. You may not suspect anything unless you see a worm in the feces.
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  • Itching at the anal area is evident.
  • Scooting on his butt across the carpet, probably to relieve an itch.
  • Loss of appetite, because the intestinal parasite is removing all the valuable nutrients.
  • Bloated belly may be present as a symptom of worms in cats.
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  • The cats fur may lose its luster and appear shabby and unkempt due to all the nutrients the worm is stealing from him.

Treatments and Home Remedies for Worms in Cats

  • Flea prevention is a must for most worm problems in pets. .The flea eats the eggs, the cat eats the flea or the rodent who ate the flea. The cycle goes on and on.
  • If a cat is infested with fleas, it can become reinfected with worms within approximately 2 weeks.
  • Try natural wormer’s in lieu of chemicals that have been found to cause seizures, muscle tremors, cancer, diarrhea, reproductive disorders and much more.
  • Azadirachta indica oil is a powerful natural wormer that is derived from the evergreen tree. It fights both bacterial and viral infections and kills internal parasites.
  • Papaya leaf has tannis in it that works on the intestinal walls to prevent intestinal worms from attaching to it again. The papaya fruit itself has an ingredient called plantaine that dissolves the worms.
  • Cloves are another natural home remedy for worms in cats. Cloves get rid of bacterial infections, help decrease pain, works as an antiseptic and an anesthetic, and treats worms and internal parasites in cats. Cloves also sweeten the breath as an added plus.
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Worm Medicine for Cats

Like every animal in the Kingdom Animalia, cats can become infested with worms.

  • Worms are very small compared to the cat’s body. However, especially in heavy infestation, these parasites can use up the vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes that the cat needs. Thus, the cat must be treated as soon as worm infestation is suspected.
  • Since there are many different kinds of worms that could affect the cat, it is best to enlist professional help.
  • The vet will run various diagnostic tests, including checking the stool for the presence of parasites ??” eggs, larva, or adults. Some parasites are visible to the eye but many aren’t.

Worm Medicine for Cats

  • It is best to determine the kind of worm affecting the cat. This is because different parasites will often require different forms of treatment and different medication.
  • Round worms are the most common worms infecting cats. Most dewormers can be used to treat round worm infestation. Round worms cause the cats to become pot-bellied and have diarrhea and vomiting. The medication should contain any of the following active ingredients: Piperazine, Selamectin, Febantel, etc.
  • Tape worms are also quite common. Worm segments can be detected on the cat’s stool or fur. Infestation can be treated with medications with: Emodepside, Epsiquantel, Praziquantel, etc.
  • Hook worms are uncommon. These cause anemia, diarrhea, and intestinal bleeding. Medications include those with Moxidectin, Selamectin, Imidacloprid, etc.
  • Heart worms cause coughing, rapid breathing, and sudden death. There is no treatment for these but they can be prevented using some medication.

Over the Counter Worm Medicine for Cats

  • There are a number of over the counter medications to help treat worm infestations in cats.

Natural Worm Medicine for Cats

  • Garlic.
  • Black walnut.
  • Goldenseal.
  • Pumpkin seed.
  • Grapefruit seed extract.
  • Anise.
  • Cloves.

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