Deworming your cat is an important process. This medicine allows your cat to stay in good health and to be protected from worms, which can seriously harm their well-being.
According to a study, one cat in two is not de-wormed and presents signed of intestinal infection. This can have a large impace on the health of your cat. Thanks to de-worming medicine, you can guarantee your cat's good health and protect your family from contamination.
Why should you de-worm your cat?
De-wormer is a medicine that is administered to cats in order to fight worms in their digestive system. In other words, de-worming your cat allows you to kill the parasites that take hold in the stomach and intestines of your pet.
Kittens can be affected by worms from birth if their mother was not de-wormed correctly. It is important to treat pregnant females in order to avoid the transmission of the parasites to the offspring. Adult cats are also affected by the parasites and run the risk of developing serious intestinal problems.
Cats can be contaminated when eating their prey, by ingesting roundworm, in lawns, sandpits and muddy areas. Contact with contaminated objects can also transmit the illness. You will be able to tell if your cat is ill because they will vomit and or have diarrhea accompanied with blood or if their stomach is swollen. These parasites can be spotted easily: they look like grains of rice.
By de-worming your cat regularly, the worms will not have time to reproduce and progress into other areas of your cat's digestive system. Protecting your cat also protects your family. Children and the elderly are sensitive to this illness and can be very quickly contaminated on contact with the parasite.
How to administer de-wormer
When de-worming your cat, there are four options available to you:
De-worming pills or tablets
This medicine is administered orally and the effects are nearly immediate. Some even come meat-flavoured so that you can mix it with your cat's food.
De-wormer in a pipette.
This medicine is administered through the skin. It is applied onto the cat's neck so that they cannot lick the product. Put the liquid along 2-3cm so that it can penetrate into the skin to reach the intestines.
You can administer this medicine in one go directly down your cat's throat or mix it with their food.
Injections can be useful in certain cases but the most common methods are pipette and tablets.
Frequency of application
For kittens, the frequency of administration needs to be every two weeks until they reach three months old and once a month until the age of six months. The treatment needs to be done periodically to obtain an effective result. An adult cat needs to be de-wormed 2 to 4 times a year. If you have multiple cat, treat them at the same time so that they don't contaminate each other.
It is necessary, however, to ask the opinion of your vet before undertaking any treatment. They will indicate with de-wormer to use and what dosage to administer. Frequency can very according to the size and weight of the cat concerned.
In cases where the doses aren't respected, the destruction of saprophytic bacteria can be an unwanted effect. Do not forget to de-worm your house cats, as cats that go outside aren't the only ones to be affected by worms, contrary to what many cat owners believe.
Protect your cat, but also your family.