Essential act for the health and well-being of your cat and your close circle of friends: administering a dewormer to your cat. Double action, it allows to protect him efficiently from internal parasites or to treat him if he is already infested. But do you really measure the importance of this treatment? Discover 5 things to know about this anti-parasite device!
1/ The signs of infestation are not always visible
Cats are notorious for hiding their pain or illness, and worm infestation is no exception. However, there are certain signs that can give you a clue: digestive problems (diarrhea or vomiting), a change in appetite (increase or decrease), weight loss or, on the contrary, a swollen abdomen, or a visible third eyelid. Finally, the most obvious sign is the presence of worms in the stool, in the vomit or near his anus.
2/ Kittens are very often infested
Because of their young age and their developing immune system, kittens are fragile and more vulnerable to intestinal worms. They can be contaminated very early via the placenta or their mother’s milk, or by contact with feces. It is therefore important to deworm them with an adapted treatment and by respecting a particular rhythm: every 15 days from 15 days to 2 months, then, once a month until 6 months. After that, the frequency is the same as for an adult cat, depending on its lifestyle.
3/ Worms can be transmitted to humans
Some intestinal worms in cats are zoonotic, meaning that they can be transmitted to humans, notably through the cat’s stools. Contamination can also occur through the cat’s coat, on which it can deposit eggs while licking itself. To protect your family, it is therefore important to deworm your feline regularly and to respect a strict hygiene after a play or cuddle session, especially when it concerns children, elderly, immunocompromised or pregnant women.
4/ Treatment frequency varies between indoor and outdoor cats
Regularly giving a deworming treatment is even more important for outdoor cats, whose frequency of administration is higher than for a couch cat: 4 times a year against only 2 times for an indoor cat. Why is this? Because the outdoor cat is in contact with many animals and hunts and eats potentially infested prey, such as mice or birds, which increases the risk of contamination.
5/ There is a mnemonic
The effectiveness of an antiparasitic treatment depends on its regular administration. So, if you are afraid that your temperament is a bit headstrong when it comes to giving your outdoor cat its deworming treatment, there is a trick! Simply give him his treatment at each change of season: March 20 for spring, June 21 for summer, September 22 for fall and December 21 for winter. It’s easy!