Cat worms cannot be completely eliminated with home remedies or 100 percent natural products such as herbs, garlic, and pumpkin, although these natural products can help. In many cases, however, these products just are not powerful enough to kill resistant worm infections such as heartworm, hookworm, and tapeworm. If your cat is experiencing any of the symptoms below, he might have a worm infection. He should be taken to the vet immediately for testing.
- Change in appetite
- Weight loss
- Inability to exercise
- Distended abdomen, especially in kittens
- Dull coat
If your vet determines that your cat has hookworm, tapeworm, roundworm, or whipworm he may prescribe antibiotics, diet changes, and exercise. While these types of worms are rarely fatal, heartworm can cause sudden, serious, and even fatal disease in cats. Even a small number of heartworms can be serious. Symptoms of heartworm include respiratory stress (difficulty breathing or rapid shallow breathing), gagging or vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
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Once your pet has been treated for worms, there are ways to prevent them from, there are ways to prevent cat worms. One of the best ways to prevent a serious cat worm infection is to have your cat screened for worms twice per year. If your cat is considered high-risk for worms, you should have him screened more than twice a year. High-risk cats typically live in condensed urban areas and they usually live in a home with more than one pet. Outdoor cats are especially susceptible to worms.
Besides regular testing and keeping your cat indoors, you should keep your cat clean and well groomed and dispose of cat feces immediately. Never leave it in piles in the litter box. Whipworm and roundworm eggs can remain infectious for years, and hookworm larvae can multiply quickly in dirty litter boxes.
Natural worm medications are available over the counter tablet, syrup, and paste form. As stated earlier, most all natural medications don’t work and there really is no substitute for a vet’s care. Don’t put your pet or other members of your household at risk. Take your cat to a vet right away if you suspect that he has worms.
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Common Cat Herbs
Natural products may be used as a dietary supplement or a supplement to other medicines. Some of the most common herbs and natural products used to help assist with controlling everything skin conditions to worms include:
· Cina (wormseed)
· Diatomaceous Earth (skeletal remains of diatoms, a very small sea creature)
· Pumpkin Seeds
· Wheat Germ Oil
· Vegetable Enzymes
· Filix Mass (male fern)
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