In order to guarantee your cat’s good health, it is very important to protect it from external parasites, such as fleas and ticks, but also from internal parasites: worms. Why is this essential? What are the consequences if you don’t deworm your cat?
There are different types of digestive worms that can be distinguished according to their shape:
- Roundworms, or Ascaris, the most common
- Flatworms, or Cestodes
- Hookworms, small worms affecting the small intestine. They are more common in dogs than in cats
- Tapeworms, or tapeworms
In the case of an infestation, you can observe a deterioration of your pet’s health. He will experience digestive problems such as diarrhea, vomiting or a change in appetite. This can lead to visible weight loss or, on the contrary, a swollen belly. Also, your feline’s third eyelid may be visible.
In some cases, you may see worms directly in his stool or in his anus.
If left untreated, the risk of serious damage to your cat’s health is significant. Worms can cause severe damage to the digestive system and other vital organs. Finally, worms are also transmissible to humans and can infest your family through your pet’s stools.
For the health of your feline and your family, it is therefore important to respect his treatment schedule for intestinal parasites, especially for an outdoor cat, which is in more contact with other animals than the indoor cat and feeds on potentially infested wild prey.