As we look up those kitty eyes, we feel all the warmth in the world. Though cats are precautious by nature, once they rely on you, nothing can change their opinion of you.
As a cat owner, its your responsibility to safeguard your pet’s health and keep him/her away from any potential health conditions. Certain health effects in cats tend to stick on with humans as well. So it is necessary to keep your cat parasite free to keep your loved ones and your pet healthy.
Here are few types of worms that affect your cat’s health. I am also listing few of natural home remedies that will keep your cat safe without any side effects. However, always consult your Vet before giving these home remedies.
Arriving with a body of 2-4 inches long, these spaghetti like creatures are one of the common types that infect your pet. Few symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, overall an tired appearance is noticed. Cats who are infected with roundworm vomit or pass the worms through feces. Since these vermin can cause intestinal blockage, consult your Vet at once.
Facts About Cat Roundworms
- kittens are easily susceptible while in the uterus making them infected during birth itself
- they can also get infected via mother’s milk
- roundworms measure upto 6 inches long
- the eggs of roundworms can live for many years and still cause infection
Blood sucking intestinal parasite, they can cause anemia or even prove fatal in both kittens and adult feline. Unlike roundworms they do not pass via stool. This makes them hard to detect. The best way to diagnose is by conducting a fecal test. The severity depends on many factors such as cat’s health, age etc.
- kitties can get infected through mom cat’s milk
- the larvae of worm enters the cat through their skin. They move with the blood to the lungs where they are coughed and swallowed
- as in the name, these worms have ‘hooks’ in their mouth wherein they hook themselves to the intestine
- the female can produce upto 5000-10000 eggs a day (Yikess…!!!)
Come in 1/4-1/2 inches long, tapeworms can be noticed crawling around cat’s fur or feces. When dried, these maggots look like a grain of uncooked rice or sesame seed. You can find them in cat’s bedding. Tapeworms reside on the small intestine and rely on the nutrients from your cat’s food.
- if your cat eats an infected flea, it can get tapeworm
- few tapeworms can grow upto 15 feet long
- the largest tapeworm recorded was almost 60 feet long
- just like hookwom, tapeworm uses hooks and suckers to stick to the intestinal walls.
- their body grows continously while the old segments are shed via the stool
- these segments contain thousands of eggs
Competing with hookworms and other types is whipworm that bury their head into the cat’s intestine and suck out the blood. Symptoms include diarrhea, weight loss and blood loss.
- since whipworms can’t infect through the skin, cats inadvertently must ingest the eggs and only then they can get infected.
- the name is given due to their whip like appearance.
- eggs of whipworm are quite hardy and can live outdoors in the soil for many years.
They are not worms but actually a single cell microscopic organism. Symptoms noticed in young cats/dogs include watery diarrhea and vomiting. Rare seen are severe diarrhea that can prove fatal if not taken instant step.
Natural Remedies To Beat Worm Problems In Your Cat
Natural remedies…Really? Are they are any good? You might wonder.
But that’s the thing about natural home remedies. They offer you healthy results without any side effects. Hey, but if you want to go for alopathy I won’t stop you. But bear in mind that synthetically made pills work only temporary and do not have a lasting effect. Worst prolonged use can cause adverse health effects on your pets.
Here are few natural home remedies, in case you change your mind and switch to this better option
- Pumpkin seed – raw, organic product they have been for years to get rid of hooks and tapeworms. If your cat is frequently getting ingested, you might want to consider this option. Take a tsp of ground seed per 10 lbs of the pet’s body weight. Grind the seeds to a powder and keep it in the freezer. Mix this to your cat food everyday. For those who are not aware, pumpkin seeds work as a great dietary supplement. It doesn’t matter if your pet has worms or not, pumpkin seeds is another of nature’s tricks to boost cat health. A rich source of zinc, vitamin A and protein, this is best recommended than any other nut or seed.
- Allium sativum – better known as garlic. That’s right. A powerful food ever created that gets rid of A-Z of any health condition, garlic works against a parasite called Giardia. Regular diet of garlic can boost the immune system and inhibit recurring health problems such as infections. Simply mince and add to your cat food (1/4-1/2 clove daily). If your cat is suspicious add the minced clove to a small amount of warm cream and feed her.
- Papaya – papaya works wonders not only for humans but for pets as well. A study conducted on pigs say that papaya is effective in getting rid of roundworms. Papaya is a great source of digestive enzymes and delivers the necessary protein to your pet.
- Carrot – clean your cat’s digestive system with carrot. The recommended dosage a day is 2tsp-2tbsp based on your cat’s size.
- Black walnut – a common anti-parasitic supplement for dogs and cats, it treats tapeworms efficiently. Follow the dosage as recommended by your Vet and do not go overboard to cut out any adverse health effects.
- Turmeric – the active content called curcumin in turmeric has the superability to reduce inflammation and rejuvenate the body from any intestinal damage caused by worms. There are several animal studies that show that turmeric protects the liver from any damaging chemicals. Since it has anti-platelet activity (prevent blood from clotting) make sure to consult the Vet before ingesting this herb.