Cat Health Worms

December 20, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

Cat health worms problems can have some serious implications for your for legged friend.  If your cat is part of the family, then cat health worms can pose not only health problems for your cat, but also both physical and emotional problems for the rest of the family.


Problems with cat health worms split into two divisions-internal worms and external worms.  To the untrained pet owner, like myself, there are no outward telltale signs or indicators of a problem.  Some of these works are communicable, and can cause health problems in humans.  I know I would never want any pet health problems to be transmitted to my kids.  Even if the worm is confined to the cat, like heartworm, the kids will suffer if the cat suffers.  And that’s no good either.


There are four major categories Internal cat health worms.  They are, in alphabetical order, heartworm, hookworm, roundworm, and tapeworm.  If you notice weight loss, dull coat, or diarrhea, these are all indicators of a worm problem.  In the cat, not you.  Although I would personally love to notice weight loss in myself, just not from some kind of worm. 


What are the symptoms to be on the lookout for?  What is an indicator for cat heath worms?  Be on the lookout for vomiting.  This is always a problem, in people and pets.  Heartworm especially, although not as prevalent in cats as dogs, is something that needs to be actively protected against, rather than cured later.  If your cat looks anorexic, and is vomiting, this can be an indicator of really bad news.


Roundworms are another serious type of cat health worms.  Roundworms, fully grown, are about four inches in length, and can be seen in both cat stool and cat vomit.  If kitty looks boated, check the litter box.  Our friend the animal shelter worker swears that checking the litter box should always be the first step in any diagnosis of pet health problems.  Roundworms live in the intestines, and you will actually be able to see them in the stool. 


Hookworms are yet another example of cat health worms.  Hookworms also live in the intestines, and feed off of your cat’s blood.  Kitty can actually become anemic from Hookworms.  Kitty, usually.  Not cat.  Hookworms tend to cause problems only for young cats.  Older cats are generally immune.  Another common worm is the tapeworm, also available in human form.  Tapewoms live in the intestines with hookworms and roundworms.  Cats with tapeworms become lethargic and weak.  They may experience weight loss.  Tapeworms can be seen not in the litter box, but may be seen around the cat’s anus, and appear like little flecks or specks of rice.  And you thought checking the litter box was bad. 


The best thing to do for intestinal cat health worms is treat the cat ahead of time.  If one untreated cat has worms, chances are the rest of the untreated cats will get worms too.  What can be worse than a sick cat?  A bunch of sick cats, Cat health worms can have very serious side effects, and even lead to death.  That would be bad for the cat, obviously, but it would be bad for my family too.  Fortunately, remedies are easy and inexpensive.  


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