Within the care of our cats is the vaccination schedule and annual deworming. Many times we remember the first ones but the parasites are easily forgotten. Deworming serves to eliminate from the digestive system or the coat of our animal the different undesirable hosts that try to colonize it.
In this article of ExpertAnimal we will try to end a very common doubt in the owners that it is about How often should I deworm my cat?
Keep reading and discover our tips and proposals, an important lesson that you should not forget:
Is it important to deworm my cat?
Cats are very clean animals, but in front of parasites nobody is saved. We must protect them both internally and externally. It is never recommended to wait until you have parasites to start treatment. Forever prevention is better than cure, so. Let's do it!
First we must remember that there are internal parasites like intestinal worms and external parasites like fleas and ticks. Remember to observe our animal well daily and, if in doubt, we go to the veterinarian for diagnosis. It is important to follow the doctor's recommendations closely and respect the recommended schedule.
Deworming of puppies cats
Starting at 6 weeks of life, our little pussy is already able to be wormed. There are calendars that indicate that we must make 3 shots until we reach 3 months of life, so we space it in 1 takes every 2 weeks.
Normally to facilitate the process products are chosen in drops. Puppies are very vulnerable to internal parasites at this stage of their life, causing serious health problems. But this is at the discretion of the veterinarian according to the origin of our animal and what exposure it has to these occasional small guests.
Externally, to cover it with flea and tick attacks, which are the ones that most concern our little one, we find several products:
- Pipettes: Ideal for those who have access to the outside such as terraces or gardens and we can apply them up to 1 time per month (according to indications of each product).
- Sprays: They are cheaper but less effective and with risks to ingest it and cause unnecessary internal damage. Nasal skin allergies may also appear.
- Necklaces: They are effective for indoor cats but we must accustom it as a child so that it does not cause discomfort in your body.
There are also home remedies for intestinal parasites in cats that can be useful in case of emergency.
Deworming of adult cats
As we said in the previous section, until 3 months of life our little kitten will be protected, then we must continue with the calendar of his adult stage.
The common thing is that in the veterinary consultation you find owners who believe that since their cat does not leave the house, and lives alone, it is not exposed to these phenomena. But this is not correct, we we can be carriers of parasites that affect our animal. Therefore, we must continue with the calendar proposed by the veterinarian.
- It is recommended internally,minimum 2 annual deworming, by drops or pills. According to the veterinarian's recommendation.
- In the case of external parasites, fleas are the most common and ticks in animals that are outside. But the recommended products are the same as mentioned above (necklaces, pipettes and spray) and the repetition will be according to each product chosen>
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External parasites such as fleas or ticks are, without any doubt, the ones that most disturb the tranquility of our friends, and also that of their caregivers. To prevent and / or remedy them, pipettes, sprays or collars are used.
- Pipettes: They are the easiest to apply, since it is only one dose per month and the animal is not usually scared. This type of treatment is best suited for those who go abroad.
- Sprays: They are cheap, especially if we have only one cat. The downside is that, at the time of cleaning, you could swallow liquid> Internal parasites
It is generally recommended to give them a oral deworming tablet every three months, especially to keep your digestive system free of parasites that could cause health problems such as diarrhea or weight loss due to decreased appetite.
I would like to finish this article by also mentioning the natural antiparasitic, such as necklaces or pipettes with citronella. They have no side effects, and are ideal for those cats that have suffered an allergic reaction to the chemical components of antiparasitics that you can find in pet stores. If you choose to use this type of products, the dose will be as indicated by the manufacturer, but it is usually a pipette every 15 days, or a necklace per month.
And welcome the feline tranquility! 😉
What are parasites?
A parasite is an organism that obtains its nourishment through another living being of different species, either living inside or on its surface.
So, we must distinguish between two types of parasites that cats can have:
- External parasites. I also met> Are parasites bad for cats?
Both internal and external parasites they can cause damage to the cat.
Others external parasites such as scabies or ticks They can be very harmful to cats.
In the case of internal parasitesThey are a common problem that affects almost all cats at some point in their life. In fact, many kittens may have intestinal worms before birth or in the first months of life.
Fortunately most parasites can avoid with certain preventive treatments, or at least prevent them from proliferating in excess.
Why can your cat have parasites?
As we have commented, the parasites They are very common. A cat can have external parasites because these organisms are part of the environment, and will "take advantage" of any opportunity to join a comfortable host, such as a quiet pussycat.
It is not something that can be avoided, but you can be careful ensure that the areas where the cat lives are free of fleas or ticks. This is easier if the cat only lives at home, but much more complex when it has access to the outside, and much more common in feral cats.
Internal parasites have numerous ways to infect the pussycat. In addition to what has been mentioned above, many intestinal worms contract when the pussy eats infected larvae (through infected foods or through a mouse, for example). But they can also enter the body through the skin, the lower part of your feet and by direct contact with infected body fluids.
What is deworming?
Deworming is a essential process to eliminate any type of cat parasite, both internally and externally.
Deworming is very important, as it is the most effective way to avoid possible health complications for the cat. In addition, it should be noted that some parasites can be contagious to other animals as well as to people.
One of the best known parasites that can pass from cats to people is the cause of toxoplasmosis, but it is important that you read this article to know that the transmission of a cat to a pregnant woman is very rare.
How to deworm the cat?
There is no single method for deworming, so you should choose the most appropriate, and for that the recommendation of your veterinarian Trusted will be crucial.
The most common external deworming methods are:
- Pipettes: They are administered in the back of the neck of the pussycat so that it does not reach lick. Just put the liquid /> administered orally and usually act in the blood, either causing the flea to die when feeding the blood with product, and / or their feces "become contaminated" so that the larvae die before be born. Flea pills are often used to specific cases where a rapid effect is needed or, above all, to pregnant or lactating cats, or very small kittens.
- Sprays: they are applied by spraying on the whole body of the cat and nothing happens if it is licked. As for efficiency, it is similar to the pills, since it eliminates fleas immediately, but its effect lasts about 2-4 weeks. It is also often used for kittens, pregnant cats or lactating cats. It can be a method to consider for something fast, especially in cats that are not easy to administer pills.
- Special shampoos: They are applied in the cat's bath and, if they are of good quality, they can help eliminate fleas but they are not effective as a preventive treatment, so they are not normally used alone. They tend to have a fairly high price.
- Antiparasitic collars: They are necklaces that prevent fleas from adhering to the cat's fur but are not effective in eliminating them or last long. For the collar to be effective it is important that it is good, and that it contains pyriproxyphene or metropene, but if the cat is not accustomed to wearing a collar it will be difficult to tolerate it.
The methods of Internal deworming does not act as preventive, but rather eliminates existing parasitesso your administration is usually more regular. The most common are:
- Pills or tablets: administered without dissolving and is usually the most used method.
- Liquid oral: liquid pastes that are administered orally, without a needle and directly in the mouth.
- Pipettes: They are applied to the back of the neck of the pussycat, and there are brands that act for both internal and external parasites.
- Injections: The vet applies them, but it is not usually a very common method.
Also exist natural methods that do not require medication, we will talk about them in another article.
As you can see, there are very different forms with different functionalities. At first glance it seems that The most common and effective is the use of pipettes for external deworming and tablets for internal deworming, but it will be the veterinarian who must determine what is the optimal method for your cat.
Since when and how often do you have to deworm?
Parasite control it starts since the pussycat is a puppy, usually about 6-8 weeks of life, unless it had to be done before having detected that it already has parasites. And it is usually recommended that, until the cat turns 3 months, it will be wormed every 2 weeks or so. Now the vet It will be the one that will tell you when to start and how often.
According to the frequency in which to deworm a cat after 3 months: the place where you live, the type of life and your age will determine how often you have to deworm it.
The most widespread recommendation is to be wormed every 3 monthsYes, because it usually takes a parasite to become a worm.
However, a domestic cat that has no contact with other animals does not have the same risk of contracting parasites as a cat that has access to the outside, for example. Although a domestic cat is not exempt from contracting parasites (through contact with other animals, food, that we bring them in the shoes, etc.) the risk is less. In those cases there are also veterinarians who advise that the deworming is done every 6 months.
How to know if a cat has parasites
The veterinarians usually check the existence of parasites in regular cat checks, but there are parasites of so many types that the symptoms can vary greatly and not always be so obvious.
Sometimes the external parasites can be identified with the naked eyeEven we can check for fleas or ticks. On the contrary, the internal parasites are not so easy to detect. One way that can alert the presence of intestinal parasites is the presence of worms or larvae in stool (or even remains on the skin surrounding the cat's anus). In those cases, the veterinarian will proceed to request a stool analysis to determine what parasites the cat has.
Some symptoms may also give clues to the presence of parasites. In the case of external parasites, the pussy may scratch or lick more than usual and appear annoying, and in the case of internal parasites (especially intestinal) there may be pictures of diarrhea, vomiting, swollen gut, decay, lack of appetite, etc.