Cats, especially those that venture outside, can easily contract a number of intestinal parasites. Parasites such as tapeworms and hookworms can eventually cause health concerns for your pet, as well as yourself.
What are some internal cat parasites?
Common intestinal parasites that we see in cats are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, as well as coccidia and giardia.
Worm infestation symptoms in cats?
You may notice your cat losing weight, vomiting, and sometime suffering from lethargy due to a overburden of parasites in their bodies. You may also notice the worms themselves present in your cat’s stool (especially tapeworm segments). A sign that your cat may have parasites is increased grooming of their hindquarters, as well as scooting.
Do worms affect humans?
Yes! There are a number of parasites that you can actually contract from your cat. Keeping your cat dewormed is the best means of avoiding the spread of these parasites to human hosts. These type of parasites are called zoonotic, since they can live animal to human; such parasites are roundworms, hookworms, and giardia (not pinworm).
What should be deworming schedule?
A regular schedule for deworming your cat is best determined by your veterinarian, during your cat’s annual examination.