Worming your cat?

How do cats get worms? If your cat goes outdoors it will get worms from eggs and fleas, worm eggs and larvae are so common in the environment your cat is constantly vulnerable to re-infestation from faeces. Another form of tapeworm is transmitted when cats eat rodents, raw meat, freshwater fish or animal carcasses from hunting or have a high flea burden.

Cats pick up microscopic roundworm eggs and larvae on their paws and muzzle when outside from contaminated soil and faeces of other infected cats. The parasite is then ingested when the cat grooms itself. Even with indoor cats flea prevention is important since the flea is also an intermediate host to tapeworm so preventative measures are just an important. This is recommended every three months for adult cats, kittens should be done when they are over 8 weeks old. Always use proven well known solutions as some chemicals can be harmful to cats.

It is essential that regularly cats are dewormed even if the obvious signs are not apparent, some of the signs will be weight loss, diarrhoea, vomiting, dull coat and lack of energy.

A good strong wormer which some can be applied directly onto the cat’s skin at the back of the neck to prevent licking the solution is absorbed through the cat’s skin and enters the bloodstream, then travels to the intestine where the product acts on roundworm and tapeworm, the worms living in the gut are paralysed,  killed and passed out in the faeces.

Cuteness site recommends the following:

Gary Le Mon, certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board, as a master herbalist, in his article, "Nontoxic Worm Remedies for Dogs and Cats." suggests giving your cat the natural herbal parasitic cleansers, cloves and neem. Le Mon recommends reading ‘’Whole Health for Happy Cats’’ by Sandy Arora, who suggests giving the cat ground up pumpkin seeds, pureed carrots, and the digestive enzymes bromelain and papain.


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