Worming and Flea Control for Cats
Worming for intestinal parasites every 2 weeks is important until they are
12 weeks of age. After that worming every 3 months is recommended.
We recommend monthly spot on flea control and there are now some excellent products. These products work best as an ongoing program, reapplied promptly, rather than an on-off treatment. Once you’ve been on a spot on program for a few months, you’ll never go back to flea collars. Spot ones are so much more effective, and keep your home flea-free as well!
Supermarket flea control products are poisonous to your cat and we do not recommend them.
Hookworms and roundworms can affect humans, especially children.
Hookworms: Female hookworms can lay up to 30,000 eggs a day. These hatch in the faeces. Infection is caused by swallowing or skin penetration. Symptoms of hookworm include anaemia, lack of appetite, depression and diarrhoea.
Roundworm: Up to 60% of kittens and young cats suffer from roundworm infection and they can be transferred from their mothers. Symptoms of round worm include lack of appetite, depression, cough and vomiting.
Tapeworm: Common flea tapeworm larvae develop in fleas. Cats eat infected fleas while grooming themselves. Tapeworm develops in the cat’s gut. Tapeworms cause itching and can be responsible for irritation around the cat’s anus. Although tapeworms is not a major health risk, it can be uncomfortable and stressful for your cat.
photos from Pfizer Animal Health
Worm information and Spot on photo from profender by Bayer