I am not sure about you, but I think worms are pretty gross, albeit a natural part of our pets lives. So keeping up to date with treatment is the best possible way to keep your cat free of intestinal, heart and lungworm.
Keeping up to date with worming is another important part of your cat’s health maintenance. These nasty little creatures can populate their stomach, intestines, and even lungs and heart before you can even know. Using a regular worming treatment is an easy and safe way to protect them.
What Are They?
There are two main types of worms that commonly affect cats – heartworms, and intestinal worms. Just as their names suggest, heartworms infect the heart and lungs, whilst intestinal worms infect the digestive system. There is just one type of heartworm, but several types of intestinal worms.
Both can be prevented with a regular tablet, but it’s important to remember that not all products will control both types of worm. An ‘all wormer’ will sometimes mean all intestinal worms, and won’t prevent heartworm as well.
Heartworms – transmitted by mosquitoes, during their lifecycle heartworms make their way through the blood stream to the heart and lungs of your cat. There they can block up the blood vessels and cause coughing, weight loss, fatigue and eventual heart failure. Because the signs are so subtle at first, they can often go unnoticed for a significant period of time.
Intestinal worms – including whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and roundworms. They can be passed on through flea bites, from the mother, or picking up eggs from the ground, but all of them can cause varying symptoms, generally fatigue and weight loss, and a general lacklustre appearance.
How To Avoid Them
There are many products that will control both intestinal and lung/heartworms. There are chews, tablets and even spot on treatments for cats who just won’t take tablets.
There are some products that will control intestinal, heartworms and fleas. Making it a simple one stop spot on treatment, which will probably cause your cat less stress, then being treated for all of them at different times.