Keeping your cat flea and worm free

Posted by Nurse Whiskers. March 11th 2015.

We all love and care about our cats and have one wish: to keep them safe. To do this we need to ensure they are well looked after and free from pests – such as worms and fleas

Cat and vetWhat are worms and fleas?

There are a variety of parasites that can set up home in your cat’s fur and body but fleas and worms are the most common and can be further categorised into these groups:

Heartworms

Heartworms are particularly dangerous and live in cat’s blood vessels where they are known to travel to the lungs. If untreated for long periods of time they can cause severe health problems and even death.

Roundworms

Famous for their large size of three to six inches in length, roundworms do not attach themselves to the wall of the intestine but rather swim freely within it and cause discomfort and vomiting.

Hookworms

Hookworms are so small that they can rarely be seen with the human eye. They attach themselves to the wall of the intestine of the cat and feed on the blood.

Tapeworms

Normally contracted after a cat consumes a flea, tapeworms can be dangerous for cats and are usually detected in a cat’s faeces.

Fleas

Fleas latch onto the skin of a cat, causing painful bites and itching. They can also be a big problem for your human family and cause excessive itching if they infest your home.

How to protect your cat

Protecting your cat from fleas and worms is relatively easy as there are a range of treatments and preventative measures you can use.

Implementing a strict regime is vital and you can buy medication to regularly worm your cats from the vet and administer cat flea treatment to address any current problems.

The following tasks can also help prevent fleas and worms for attacking your pet to begin with:

  • Dispose of your cat’s faeces immediately to prevent environmental contamination
  • Regularly clean your cat’s litter tray
  • Wash your cat’s bedding regularly
  • Keep your cat well groomed
  • Always seal and discard vacuum bags in the home

Finally, remember that worm and flea treatment is a full time job. Both types of pest thrive in warm conditions and that makes bother summer – when external temperatures are high – and winter – when central heating keeps indoor areas toasty – common times for infestation to occur.

Keeping your cat protected from fleas and worms doesn’t have to be complicated; the secret is to be vigilant. Stick to a firm regime and you can drastically reduce the chance of cat getting fleas or worms.

If you are worried that your cat has fleas or worms then take them to a vet for treatment immediately. Your vet can give you more advice on how to prevent future attacks and supply you with the appropriate medication and treatment to look after your cat.

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