Have you ever wondered how vets deworm cats? If you’ve ever lost your cat under the spare bed when they hear the dewormer packet crinkle, you’re not alone. In fact, many cat parents report having difficulty medicating their pets. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this hard. We are here to give you the tricks of the veterinary trade to make worming time as stress-free as possible for you and your cat.
Do I really have to deworm my cat?
Before we delve in, it is worth understanding why we must care about worms in the first place. Worming is an important part of your cat’s preventative health care and protects them from common parasites that can cause ill health, such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. These worms live in your cat’s gut, feeding on the nutrients there, and shed eggs in their feces. In many cases, your cat may not show any symptoms. However severe infections can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and a dull coat.
Did you know that YOU can be infected by worms from your cat? Although the risk is generally low, humans can be infected by feline intestinal worms, as well as other parasites. This is why your veterinarian will recommend that all cats be regularly wormed, whether they are young or old, or live indoors or outdoors.
There are so many products, which one do I choose?
Tablet, liquid, paste, spot-on. With so many drugs, formulations, and advertisements out there, it can be challenging to decide what is best for your cat. It is important to know that not all treatments are created equal, with quality and coverage varying greatly. For example, spot-on treatments may seem like a gloriously easy alternative to tableting, however, most products will treat some, but not all, of the worms you need to eliminate.
The easiest way forward is to talk to your veterinarian. Together, you can tailor a deworming program that considers your cat’s unique health status, temperament, and other preventative health requirements.
Cat Tableting 101
So, when it’s time to give your cat a worming tablet, what do you do? Veterinarians may make it look easy when we slip a tablet into his mouth during a consultation, but trust us when we say, this comes from years of blood, sweat, and tears, and we have the scars to prove it! The best thing is, we have made the mistakes, so you don’t have to.
We have gathered all our hard-earned tips and tricks and created some simple steps to help you become an expert at deworming your cat.
Setting Yourself Up for Success
To give yourself the best chance possible, pick a quiet time when your cat is comfortable. Have everything you need within easy reach. Be calm and deliberate with your actions.
The 10 Steps to Deworm Like a Vet
Tips and Tricks for Clever Cats
Worming is an important part of your cat’s ongoing health care, but it doesn’t have to cause you concern. With these expert tips, some patience, practice, and lots of treats, worming time can become just another stress-free task on the calendar.
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