Worms In Cats Is Quite Common

Worms in Cats is quite common. Gastrointestinal parasitism in cats is as high at 45%. These parasites can be worm like in nature and the most common types are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and stomach worms.

Symptoms of worms in cats is fairly nonspecific, such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, dull coat, bloody feces, loss of appetite.

The dehydration, anemia, vomiting and diarrhea associated with intestinal parasites can weaken cats, leaving them more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections.

If left untreated worms in cats can become a serious problem. Treatments for worms is usually very successful and in most cases the worms are completely eliminated.

Roundworms In Cats

Roundworm(Toxocara cati and Toxascaris leonina) are the most common worms in cats. Prevalence is estimated at 25% to 75%, and up to 100% in kittens. With a length of 5 inches, for adult roundworms, they live in the intestines of felines.

The female lays fertile eggs that are then passed to the cats feces. It takes up to three weeks for the eggs to develop into infective larva.

Toxocara cati infects cats that ingest eggs through transport hosts or by eating rodents with larva in the tissues. Kittens become easily infected when it is passed through their mothers milk during nursing.

Toxascaris leonina infects felines similar to Toxocara cati, but is not transmitted through milk.

Infections of roundworms is usually not life-threatening if treated. They can become dangerous if large numbers blocks the intestinal tract.Treatment is crucial in kittens and most medications are very effective.

Prevent roundworm by limiting your cats exposure to cat feces and prohibit hunting. Treating queens before breeding will reduce infection in kittens.

Hookworms In Cats

Uncinaria and Ancylostoma as adults live in a felines intestines and are small and slender. Hookworms, because of their size (less than 1/2 inch), are difficult to spot in a cats feces. Hookworms are much less common than roundworms, but life spans are long, and can live as long as the life of your cat.

Infestation from larva can penetrate through skin or be ingested into lungs. Once in the lungs, they can migrate to the intestines where they develop into adult hookworms.

Their is uncertainty whether felines are infected by drinking their mothers milk or by eating infected rodents. Parasitism can become severe, causing anemia from blood loss due to worms attaching themselves to the intestines.

Feces will appear tarry and black because of blood in the stool and the cat can become anemic. This condition can be severe if left untreated.

Hookworms are easily diagnosed and if identified in the early stage are successfully treated. Prevention is the best medicine. Daily cleaning of their litter box and basic sanitation are the best ways to keep your animal worm free.

Tapeworms in Cats

Cestodes look like a ribbon or a tape with long flattened bodies. With a small head connected to a series of segments, the body segments are filled with eggs.

Tapeworms live within the small intestine and embed their head in the mucosa. As the body segments become mature they break off and pass into the feces.

These segment are around a 1/4? in length and are sometimes seen around the rectum or the animals tail and resemble a grain of rice. Although the thought of tapeworms can be alarming, rarely do infections cause serious disease in cats.

Infection of tapeworms is usually caused by eating infected rodents and ingesting infected fleas while grooming. Treatment is highly successful with modern medicines. Limiting your cat to exposure to fleas and rodents will reduce infections.

Stomachworms in Cats

Physaloptera and Ollanulus tricuspis inhabit the animals stomach. Infection comes by way of ingestion of parasitic vomitus of another cat. Loss of appetite and chronic vomitting, along with malnutrition and weight loss are symptoms to look for as well as general deterioration of cat health.

Diagnosing Ollanulus can be difficult, and is usually detected by spotting parasite larvae in the vomit. There is no known treatment for Ollanulus, avoiding exposure to other cats vomit is the best control.

Physaloptera is very rare in American felines. Infection is through ingestion of a transport host, such as an insect or mouse that has eaten an infected insect. A Physaloptera infected cat may experience appetite loss and vomiting.

Microscopic detection in the stool or vomitus is the method of diagnosis. Today’s treatments are effective for Physaloptera. Prevention of infection is by limited by exposure to transport hosts.

Ringworm in Cats

Ringworm isn’t a worm at all, but is actually a fungus that infects the skin, nails, and hair. Ringworm is common in cats and is a contagious disease that leads to cat hair loss in  circular red rings. Dermatophytosis can spread to other animals in the house and also to humans.

Worms In Cats Treatment

Control of parasitic infections begins with good sanitation practices. “DAILY”  removal of feces from the litter box,  washing and disinfecting the box with diluted household bleach, regularly. Control of fleas, ticks, and rodents. To prevent Worms in cats it begins with good hygiene practices and parasitic control.