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Symptoms of Worms in Cats : Decoding the Kitty Health

April 27, 2017 Leave a comment

different types of worms in cats

Worms are a common problem in kittens and some cats. They are large parasites that affect the stomach and intestines including tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms and less common, stomach worms. As worms in the gut of your feline multiply, crucial nutrients are lost, resulting in poor nutrition, abdominal pain and slowed growth. There are certain worms that also feed on blood that causes poor health and anemia.

The problem is that these worms not only cause diseases in cats of all ages, but they can also have a drastic impact on a human being’s health. These parasites can be ingested accidentally and hookworms have a peculiar trait of migrating and penetrating in the skin. But the most important thing is to determine the symptoms of worms in your feline so that you can detect these worms quickly.

Let us now look at some of the symptoms of different types of worms in cats:

Different Types Of Intestinal Worms in Cats

Roundworms

Roundworms are a type of parasite that infests cats and they can even be spread to humans. They can be about 2 to 4 inches long. They are light in color, particularly tan or white with their ends tapered. They appear like  strands of spaghetti in the stool of the feline or in vomiting. If you see this, then it is likely that your kitty is infested by roundworms.

Symptoms Of Roundworms In Cats

If your feline has one or more of these symptoms then she might have roundworms in her gut:

  • Decrease in energy or activity
  • Frequent loose stools or diarrhea
  • Potbellied appearance that happens in a short period of time
  • Vomiting on a regular basis

Kittens usually acquire roundworms while nursing due to roundworm larvae in the mammary glands of their mother. But a cat of any age can acquire roundworms by ingesting the eggs consisting of larvae. This can happen when the kitty eats the host consisting of eggs. Some of the common roundworm hosts encompass: birds, roaches, rodents and earthworms.

Use an effective de-worming treatment after discussing with your veterinarian and treat roundworms in your cat.

Tapeworms in Cats

Tapeworms are commonly found worms in cats. The main carriers of tapeworms in felines are fleas. Hence, infestation from tapeworms in cats is a typical side effect of flea infestation. These worms are quite visible in the stool or in the fur surrounding the tail of the feline. Segments of tapeworm break off and get through the stool of the cat. They are small, rice-like in appearance. But the peculiar thing about these worms is that they can grow by several inches long inside the body of the cat.

Symptoms Of Tapeworms In Cats

  • The appearance of tapeworm segments in stool or attached to the tail of the cat or fur around the anus
  • Weight loss (which can range from minor to severe)

Young fleas, also known as larvae eat tapeworm eggs, which then grows into adults. If your feline ends up ingesting the flea while licking the flea bites or chewing the skin, the tapeworm which exists on the flea attaches itself to the intestinal lining of the feline, where it grows. Tiny segments detach from tapeworm which are excreted in the stool of the cat. The kitty can even vomit a bout of tapeworm on an occasional basis.

Use a de-worming treatment as suggested by your veterinarian to treat tapeworms in your cat. But since, fleas are the main culprit that carries tapeworm, it is recommended to use a flea preventative treatment that gets rid of adult fleas, larvae and eggs. Also clean your cat’s bedding to prevent further flea re-infestation.

Hookworms in Cats

Hookworms are not visible to the human eye. They are very thin and grow up to 1/8 inch long. The peculiar thing about these worms is that they can be transmitted from cat to human if they walk in the infested area with bare feet. The hookworms burrow into the skin of the feet and enter the digestive tract. They suck the blood of the feline resulting in anemia. This can create a life-threatening situation in felines.

Symptoms Of Hookworms In Cats

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood appearing in the stool of the kitten
  • Frequent loose stool or diarrhea
  • Weakness or lethargy

Treat hookworms with a de-worming treatment as recommended by your veterinarian. You might require two or more treatments to kill adult hookworms and the larvae after they hatch.

Stomach Worms in Kitty

Stomach worms are rarely seen in cats. But most of this worm infestation occurs when the kitty eats the vomit of an infected animal.

Symptoms Of Stomach Worms In Cats

  • Decreased activity / lethargy
  • Moderate to severe vomiting
  • Swift weight loss

Some of the common hosts for stomach worms encompass: cockroaches, beetles, grubs, crickets and rodents. Use a de-worming treatment as suggested by your veterinarian to treat stomach worms in your cat. As the worms die, they will be passed out through the stool of the feline. The eggs will also get killed by the treatment. The symptoms should also subside within two weeks.

So, now that you know the symptoms of different types of worms residing in your kitty, if you observe them take her to the veterinarian as soon as possible, and get her treated.

How Gestures Can Help Your Deaf Cat? Sign Language for Deaf Cat

January 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Sign Language For Deaf Cat

Cats are love of our lives and most of us just adore their presence. But, when we find that our cat is deaf, it is the most difficult situation to tackle. Though, they lack hearing capability, their vision is quite tact and this helps them to stay alert and well informed. Moreover, their vision is too inclined towards movement and to our surprise, even the slightest movement, your cat can detect.

Your cat can easily pick up a cat kiss, a small smile, a single finger gesture, all across from the room. This shows hearing loss does not make her totally depended on others. For humans, we have an added benefit of sign language but for our feline friends, it is really a complicated thing.

Sign Language & Gestures Can Help Your Deaf Cat

sign language with cats

Though it’s quite tough for cats to learn sign language but you can take special care of your deaf cat.

  • Do not tap a deaf cat if you are looking to get their attention while they are sleeping. This may startle them or aggravate them or may be nervous and less confident. Instead of that, you can walk near them and tap the floor – feeling those vibrations and gently start waking up.
  • If your kitty’s awake, then any of you can turn lights off and on or try waving to get her attention.
  • Always keep your deaf cat indoors. If want to keep them outdoors, keep them in supervised outdoor area. They can’t hear any noises – whether it is about animal noise or vehicle noise. It is really very dangerous if they are out on their own. Sometimes, on the road, it can be even fatal. It’s irresponsible to just leave them on their own when they can’t hear anything around them in this world.
  • Adding a new furry member – a dog or a cat is not a great idea since deaf cat can feel threatened.
  • Consider adding a bell to their neck, so that you can always locate them.

Have you ever come across such situation where you need to communicate with a deaf cat? or how well have you trained your cat to listen through your sign gestures? To help other cat owners, we are eager to learn more from you.

Bladder And Kidney Stones In Dogs And Cats – Diagnose, Treatment & Prevention

July 5, 2016 Leave a comment

There are assorted things which can contribute to the formation of urinary tract stones. If there is the concentration of mineral salts are very high in the urine, it forms layers on layer. It may happen down the tract in the bladder or in the kidneys.

What Causes Bladder And Kidney Stones in Pets?

The urine should be naturally acidic in pets. Some of the mineral salts are not soluble in alkaline urine. This particle gets precipitated out in the urine as individuals, small crystals which are microscopic. As time goes these crystals unite and gradually turn into stones. The other reason to form the stone, is due to dehydration which helps to increase the concentration of minerals within the urine.

Bladder And Kidney Stones In Dogs And Cats

What Are the Signs And Symptoms Of Bladder And Kidney Stones In Dogs And Cats?

The following are the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney stones could include:

  • Urinate frequently (Pollakiuria)
  • Straining to urinate (Dysuria)
  • Blood in the urine (Haematuria)
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Fever
  • Kidney pain
  • Lethargy
  • Poor Appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weight Loss
  • Licking the genetial area more than normal

How To Diagnose The Bladder And Kidney Stones in Pets?

If you find any of the signs or symptoms in your canine or feline take your pet to the veterinarian. The vet will examine and perform some of the tests that involve diagnostic imaging such as ultrasounds, x-rays and maybe need to perform other procedures such as CT scan or MRI. Urinalysis and blood tests in the first step to visualize the bladder or kidney stone in pets.

What Is The Treatment For Bladder And Kidney Stones For Pets?

If your pet has diagnosed with a bladder or kidney stones there are many treatment options: Your vet may prescribe a special diet or homemade recipes which will help to manage and try to dissolve the stones. The diets will increase the thirst in your pet to encourage more dilute urine, which will help to dissolve the stones. These diets have to be given to your pets for at least 3 to 4 months. Antibiotics are often given during this treatment period to analyze if the stones are slowly getting dissolved. If it is the critical stage the vet will remove it through the surgery.

How To Prevent The Bladder And Kidney Stones In Dogs And Cats?

To prevent the occurrence or recurrence of bladder or kidney stones, you need to increase your pet’s water consumption, which helps to prevent crystal formation in the urinary tract. There are also special diets which can be used for your pet. To resolve your pet’s urinary tract infection you can help to prevent the recurrent kidney stones from forming.

Tip: You can add a small amount of salt to your pet’s water bowl which will increase the amount of water that your pet drinks.

6 Things That Will Assist You Select The Best Cat Food For Your Feline

April 8, 2016 Leave a comment

Cats are carnivores animals, hence; their food habits are quite different than other animals and even human beings. In fact, cats enjoy eating lots of meat from which they get protein and fat. If human beings ate the same food as cats from birth, we would get heart disease by the time we reach 20 years.

Even dog food is not good for cats since it is loaded with carbohydrates, which felines cannot digest easily. So how will you determine which is the best food for your cat? The very first thing that needs to be understood is that there is no single diet that can be labeled as best for every cat.

Best Cat Food Diet

Since each and every cat is different it becomes very difficult to select the cat food that is best for your feline. But there is nothing to worry as there can be certain specifics that can assist you in selecting the best cat food for your feline:

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How to Clean Your Cat’s Wounds? Tips and Suggestions

October 27, 2014 1 comment

Cat Wound CareWhat do you do when your furry ball of joy gets hurt? Pets especially kittens and cats get hurt quite easily. It is their nature to play, hop and bounce around the place that makes them vulnerable to cuts, punctures and wounds. It is important to get a first hand attention on cat wounds or else the situation may get worse. Every pet parent must keep a first aid kit to sort out the routine health conditions of their pet. Read more…

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A Guide to Do Things When Your Cat Is Pregnant

September 10, 2014 Leave a comment

What to Do if your Cat Becomes Pregnant

If you’re surprised or amazed just to the news that your cat is pregnant, then know that cats can become pregnant at four months of age. Not having desexed or spayed your feline friend, there are 100% chances that your cat can become a ‘Queen’ (a pregnant cat).

Normally, vets recommend spaying or desexing female cats in order to avoid the problem of over-population and then ending up the poor animals into a slaughterhouse. Nevertheless, if your cat has become pregnant, the decision all rests to you whether you want to help her deliver the babies or do not want the kittens. Read more…

Top Five Essential Nutrients for Cats Healthy Life

June 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Essential Nutrients for Cats

Your cat’s purr….is that sounding unusual. Absence of essential nutrients makes your feline friend sick and seems to lack interest in life. Cats are strict carnivores due to which they gain all the vital nutrition from animal sources. Wild felines hunt their prey and acquire required proteins, carbohydrates and minerals, which is not true in case of social cats.

Your furry friend health suffers when she lacks essential nutrients necessary for life’s vital functioning. These nutrients are the building blocks of your feline body and powerhouse to sustain. Being a pet parent, you need to provide the proper amount of all nutrients in your cat’s meal. Cat food, rich in nutritional value, keeps your cat purring around happily. Read more…