Worming

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Highton Veterinary Clinic
88 Barrabool Rd
Highton
VIC 3216

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Worms are especially common in young kittens as they are more susceptible to parasites and may also be infected in the womb or via their mother's milk. Worms live in the intestinal tract which is a protective environment and provides food for the worm. They shed eggs into the faeces which can then infect other cats.

 

Round worms - These worms look like short spaghetti and are very common in kittens as they can be infected while they are still in the uterus. Kittens that are affected can develop diarrhoea, poor coat and body condition and a ‘pot-bellied' appearance.

Tape worms - These are long flat worms. They shed segments containing eggs and may cause the kitten to itch around their bottom. Fleas commonly contain tapeworm larvae, so flea infested cats often have tapeworm. To treat this parasite it is necessary to treat for fleas as well as worming your cat.

Whip worms - These worms live in the large intestine and can cause chronic diarrhoea and anaemia.

Cats can become infected by worms at any age, especially if they are in contact with other cats or hunt birds, mice or other animals. Therefore it is important to treat your cat for worms throughout its life.

Kitten worming timetable

First worming

2 weeks

2 weeks of age to 3 months

Fortnightly

3 months of age to 6 months

Monthly

It is best to use a veterinary prescribed wormer as they have at least a 90% or above kill rate while supermarket products may have a kill rate as low as 40%. Some quality brands of worming medications are Milbemax® and Drontal®. Make sure to weight your pet first so we can dose it accurately.

To minimise passing worms to humans always make sure to wash your hands after handling your puppy and don't allow it to lick your face.

To reduce environmental contamination with worms, worm your cat regularly, clean the kitty litter of faeces daily, treat it for fleas monthly and restrict access to hunting mice or birds.