Worming Treatments for Cats
Shop our range of safe and effective worming treatments for cats including tablets, pastes and spot-ons. Treat all the most common types of worms with roundworm and tapeworm treatments.
What are cat worms?
Worms are a form of parasite that takes up residence in your cat’s intestines and live off their nutrients and blood. Worms can cause your cat extreme discomfort, and if left untreated, can be deadly. The most common types of worms your cat is likely to encounter are heartworms and tapeworms.
How do cats get worms
You may not want to believe that your cat is a hunter, but if your little one roams outside, they could be hunting and eating rodents and birds. If these animals have a parasite, they could pass worms onto your cat.
While cats that roam outside are more likely to pick up worms, all felines are at risk. Worms can pass from Mumma cat to kitten through the mother’s milk. Fleas can also carry parasites, such as tapeworm, so even if your cat is an indoor cat, regular cat worming is a good idea.
Symptoms of worms in cats
Common symptoms of roundworm and tapeworm include weight loss (despite a normal or increased appetite), diarrhoea, lack of energy, a swollen belly, a dull coat, or blood in your cat’s stool. If your cat is cleaning their bottom more than usual, this can also be a sign of worms.
While much less common, signs that your cat has lungworm (a parasite that lives in the lungs) include coughing and wheezing.
Some cats may appear perfectly happy and healthy despite having worms. That’s why it’s so important to establish a regular worming routine.
What do cat worms look like?
Roundworms are long and round. Although their eggs are passed in your cat’s stool, they’re so small you can’t see them with the naked eye.
Tapeworms are cream-coloured and are long and ribbon-like in shape. Their eggs are easier to spot in your cat’s stool. They look like grains of rice.
How often should you treat your cat for worms
Regardless of whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat, you should treat them regularly for tapeworm and roundworm to keep them safe. How often you worm them will depend on their age and roaming habits, but as a rough guide:
- Kittens up to 8 weeks old: every 2 weeks
- Kittens older than 8 weeks: once a month
- Kittens older than 6 months old: once every 3 months
- Adults: once every 3 months, or 4 times a year
- Cats that hunt or roam outside regularly: once a month
If unsure, consult with your vet. They will be able to guide you on the appropriate treatment for your cat.
What is the best worm treatment for cats?
This will depend largely on your preferences.
Cat worming tablets and cat worming pastes are popular for giving directly or mixing into food. For fussy eaters, you might consider a spot-on treatment, which can simply be administered to the back of your cat’s neck.
Most brands now also offer a combined flea and worm treatment for cats, making it easy to prevent both of these pesky parasites from harming your cat.
Australia’s most trusted brands of cat wormers
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