Any cat is at risk of infection of worms, however well cared for – and most will be infected at some stage in their life. Left untreated, worms have the potential to cause real health problems for your cat: vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss and anaemia to name just a few.
A few worms (in particular Toxocara – the common roundworm) can be transmitted to people – and children are particularly vulnerable. Accordingly, you should make regular worming part of your cat’s healthcare routine.
Cat worms can come in a number of different forms: roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms – there are in fact more than a dozen different intestinal worms that can affect cats and dogs in the UK.
Whilst all of these worms can damage your cat’s health, the good news is that they can all be controlled.
Worming treatments do not prevent infection in adult cats – so your cat could become re-infected shortly after being wormed. What you can do is to help protect your cat against the effects of infection, by killing worms before they can cause serious damage to your cat’s health. Worming your cat regularly not only ensures that your cat stays healthy but can reduce the risk of certain diseases being passed on to you and your family. How often you should worm your cat depends on your cat’s lifestyle. If they eat raw meat, hunt birds, mice or rabbits then they will need to be wormed more frequently compared to cats that tend to stay indoors. Your veterinary practice will be able to recommend a parasite prevention plan that is most appropriate for your cat.
Worming your cat is now a whole lot easier. Giving your cat a worming tablet can sometimes be something of a battle so there is now an alternative to take the stress out of worming!
An easy-to-give, effective multi wormer for cats that kills all the roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms that your cat can get is now available from your veterinary practice. It is straightforward and easy to apply (just a drop on the back of the neck) and will make worming a much less stressful process for both you and your cat.
12 month’s worming treatment is included in your Healthy Pet Club package.