Worms are a common and easy-to-treat problem in cats. Most puppies are even born with a few and are dewormed every two weeks until they are three months old. Don't squirm with disgust at the thought of these little things inside the pussy, it's an easy problem to treat: to get rid of worms in cats, you must: notice the common symptoms, see a veterinarian and follow the medication guidelines he gives you..
Part 1 of 3: Going to the vet
Step 1. Look for common signs of worms
There are a variety of worms that can infect the feline, including tapeworm (or solitaire), roundworms, hookworms, and, less commonly, roundworms. All are difficult to notice as they live in the animal's intestines and symptoms vary somewhat depending on the type of infestation. Look for the following signs:
- Swollen abdomen;
- Never get fat;
- Worms visible in stool.
Step 2. Collect a fresh fecal sample
If you suspect your cat has worms, collect a stool sample from the litter box (by pushing it into a plastic bag with some object) and take it to the vet.
A fresh sample is needed to correctly diagnose the type of worm in question
Step 3. Take the pussy to the vet
This is important for proper diagnosis and treatment options. The provider will be able to examine the sample to determine which worm it is (if any) and the correct treatment to use.
The veterinarian will also know which worms are common in the area
Part 2 of 3: Treating Worms
Step 1. Follow the veterinarian's instructions
After diagnosis, treatment options will be given, which may include oral medications or topical treatment. Whichever you choose, follow the professional's recommendations and give the proper dosage.
Step 2. Apply the remedy
Dewormers can be in tablet form or topical ointment. To give the animal the pill, hide it in food or snacks that have extra space just for that purpose; the ointment should be applied directly to the feline's skin.
Follow all instructions and continue treatment as agreed
Step 3. Give the pussy a treat
After giving the medicine, include a treat and a little attention. This is a great reward, which will facilitate future medications.
Part 3 of 3: Preventing the return of worms
Step 1. Give lifelong preventative medications to the feline
Cats (puppies and adults) come into contact with worms throughout their lives. Ask your veterinarian about flea and worm control remedies, which are usually given monthly to prevent infestations.
Step 2. Keep a clean environment
Worms can come in contact with the animal through the feces, so clean the litter box daily to control the problem (this is even more important if you have multiple cats).
Step 3. Keep the furry indoors
If you are worried about the possibility of the pussy catching worms, don't let it leave the house. Outside, the chances of the problem occurring are greater, as it comes into contact with feces, fleas and rodents.