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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.

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Merry Christmas from BudgetPetCare!

December 25, 2010 Leave a comment

We hope you and your pets have a fantastic day this Christmas. Eat, be merry and make sure you keep the delicious Christmas meal on the table and out of your pet’s bowl. To keep you in the festive mood, we’ve posted some pictures of Christmas cats and dogs, enjoy!

Information on why Thanksgiving and similarly Christmas meals are bad for your pets

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Christmas cats

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What to do if you lose your pet

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s a pet lover’s worst nightmare but unfortunately having a pet stray is not all that uncommon. If you lose your animal, BudgetPetCare and the Humane Society recommend owners take the following action to help find their animal:

  • Search the neighborhood and hand out pictures if possible. Ask anyone you see if they have recently seen your animal, ask neighbors, mailmen, paperboys, anyone who regularly passes through the area
  • Put up clear, easy to read signs all around your neighborhood including the pet’s breed, age and name with a phone number that someone can be reached on at all times. A reward, no matter how small, is an incentive for people to search for your pet. Even stating $10 reward will help encourage all the neighborhood kids to search high and low for your missing animal
  • Ring animal shelters every day as animals are always coming into shelters and the employees may not remember your case if you only ring the once. Visit local shelters if you are able to and call shelters within a 60 mile radius – it’s surprising how far they can travel in a short period of time
  • Advertise in your local newspapers as they often offer free advertisements for lost animals and you will be able to put more detail in the advert than on the signs. Be prepared for people ringing you trying to scam you out of the reward, ask for a detailed description before you offer them any information. You could even try calling your local radio stations as they might be able to help
  • Go onto USDA’s Missing Pet Network where you can check if your pet is listed and report them as lost

Don’t give up, in some cases pets can be missing for months and then show up. Our following case may provide some hope for owners who are distressed and worry their animal may never come home:

Suki’s Return

Suki - home after a year

Suki - home after a year

After a year since Suki strayed, owner Amy was contacted by a woman who fosters cats informing her there was a cat advertised on Craig’s List that matched Suki’s description.

Someone had found Suki and adopted her until her landlord wanted to remove animals from the building, so she advertised Suki to go to a new home. The woman was informed of the matter and was convinced it was the same cat so she brought her back to Amy. Having been over a year since her disappearance, Amy had been a bit sceptical as she had many people in the past contact her about seeing or having Suki but sure enough, it was her Suki.

Amy advertised her cat countless times both locally and nationally, she even had her own website detailing the incident and what Suki was like. Speaking regularly with the woman who fosters cats in her local area ensured Suki’s safe return, so make sure no stone goes unturned.

Read more about Suki’s story

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