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Internal parasites attacking felines

Help me stay healthy
Help me stay healthyKarla Kirby

Internal parasites generally live in a cat’s digestive system and are identified by an examination of the stool. Treatment can start as early as 2 weeks of age and be repeated at 2 to 3 week intervals, as determined by a certified veterinarian. The veterinarian will do one or more parasite checks within this epoch as well.

Researchers now deem that many felines transmit roundworms and hookworms directly to their young. Your veterinarian will counsel you as to if a parasite check and/or worming treatment are suitable as part of your kitten’s or cat’s regular healthcare.

Tapeworms are one of the most regular problems cats stumble upon; nevertheless, they rarely pose a health risk. Cats can acquire tapeworms by ingesting a rodent or even a flea carrying an immature tapeworm, so flea control is imperative. Keeping kitty indoors also may help a great deal. Tiny, white worm segments around the anus or in his/her litter box point to the presence of tapeworms are present, still infected cats may show no symptoms. Monitor the litter box on a regular basis. Your veterinarian can administer an injection or stipulate medication as treatment.

Roundworms are another common parasite. A mother feline, even if she has been wormed, may still pass roundworms to her kittens by way of her milk. Take a stool sample to the veterinarian when your cat is scheduled for his/her routine shots. These internal parasites can cause weakness, weight loss, diarrhea, or mucus in the stool. Mildly infested cats sometimes display no symptoms. Your veterinarian can de-worm your cat safe and sound. Recurrent, methodical cleaning of the litter box can help to evade re-infection.

Hookworms are yet anther common pest afflicting both kittens and cats. Kittens may get hookworms from their mother prior to birth or when nursing, so it’s very important for your veterinarian to regularly check your kitten for them. If possible, keep your cat away from other felines’ waste, since hookworms can easily be transmitted this way. Hookworms cause diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, vomiting, or black, tar-like stools. Your veterinarian can supply appropriate treatment. Again, recurrent, methodical cleaning of the litter box can help prevent re-infection.

Coccida also afflicts our feline friends. To avoid these organisms, which can take up residence in your cat’s intestines, make sure your cat never eats raw or undercooked meat--including rodents. Also, clean his/her litter box every single day, because it takes one or two days for feces to become infectious. Very few infected cats show any symptoms whatsoever. Your veterinarian can stipulate oral medication.

Toxoplasmosis is a multi-systemic disease originating in a parasite that is also dangerous to humans. Symptoms can include vague signs such as fever and loss of appetite and also difficulty breathing, ocular lesions, and loose stools. Since toxoplasmosis can cause brutal birth defects in humans, expecting mothers should have a non-pregnant family member change the litter box.