Deworming cats - How to deworm your cat & kittens

Deworming of cats

Worm infections in cats are very common and can occur during their lifetime. If you have a cat that's particularly fond of chasing mice and birds, it's even more likely to suffer from worm infections. In this article, we'll discuss deworming in cats and give you important information on the subject.

A common question that often arises is: "How often should cats be dewormed?". The frequency depends on several factors, including the cat's age, living environment and exposure to potential sources of infection.

Deworming in kittens

Already as kittens, cats should be dewormed at the breeder's premises and dewormed at 12 weeks of age. When you bring your kitten home, it is important to ask the breeder if the cat has already been dewormed. This ensures that the kitten is protected against parasites from an early age.

Deworming of indoor cats

Cats that live indoors don't need regular deworming if they don't show any signs of worm infection. However, it is important to be vigilant and observe any symptoms that may indicate the presence of worms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, emaciation, or deterioration of coat quality. If you suspect that your indoor cat may be infected, it is best to consult a veterinarian for proper deworming procedures.

Deworming of outdoor cats

Outdoor cats that have access to hunting grounds and eat mice, birds or other small animals should be dewormed regularly, usually a couple of times a year. This is because these prey can be carriers of parasites. It is also important to deworm your cat if you observe any symptoms of worm infection or if you see worms in your cat's vomit or feces.

Common symptoms of worm infection in cats:

  • Worm vomiting or visible worms in the stool

  • Emaciation and loss of appetite

  • Diarrhea

  • Reduced coat quality

Parasites can play a role in chronic gastrointestinal problems in cats, but they are not the most common cause. Over-the-counter deworming products, such as Milbemax, are available from pharmacies.

The most common types of worms that affect Swedish cats are roundworms and tapeworms.

Roundworm is particularly common among kittens and young cats as they can be infected through their mother's milk. If a kitten, older cat or a cat with a compromised immune system has a significant roundworm infection, it can become seriously ill. However, adult cats do not usually become seriously ill and can sometimes be asymptomatic.

Tapeworms are common among Swedish cats living outdoors. This type of worm is not transmitted from cat to cat, the risk only arises when cats eat mice, rats, voles or other rodents that may carry the tapeworm.

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