There are a variety of different parasites that your pet can be hosting. Some pets that are positive for parasites and show no symptoms should still be treated, as they can infect other animals or humans and contaminate their environment.
What are some types of parasites found in cats?
Common intestinal parasites include roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm. Cats can become infected with intestinal parasites from hunting prey, or even from grooming microscopic parasite eggs off their paws.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Symptoms of intestinal parasites may include but are not limited to vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and visible worms in the stool. Many animals with intestinal parasites show no symptoms at all.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Some common intestinal parasites such as roundworm are zoonotic, which means they can be transferred from animals to people. Young children and persons with compromised immune systems are especially at risk. Many pets may not show any clinical signs of intestinal parasites, so all animals should be routinely screened, even if they are at low risk.
Who should be dewormed?
All cats should have fecal testing and/or deworming at least annually and more often if they go outdoors. Indoor pets are less likely to become infected with intestinal parasites. However, mice, crickets, fleas, cockroaches and other insects can harbour eggs and transmit them when they are eaten. If an indoor animal shares the home with an animal that goes outside there can be a transfer of parasites between pets. If you are concerned your cat may have parasites or have any questions, please call the clinic and we will be happy to advise you based on your pet’s specific needs.