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When we adopt a kitten, we are informed that he is already wormed, vaccinated and castrated. But what does this worm-eaten word mean?
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Vermifugar means deworming, that is, the vermifuge is a medicine that we administer to the cat to kill the parasites and worms that are lodged in your body , and that can cause various diseases to the kitten. When we buy a puppy from a certified catfish, we are already informed that the puppy has been wormed or dewormed and already vaccinated, and some NGOs also donate puppies with all protocols of worming and vaccination up to date. However, when we rescue an animal from the streets and do not know its origin, it is important to start the deworming protocol.
Here at YourCatCareguide we present to you a complete Guide to Cats’ Vermifugation, with everything you need to know about the different types of deworms, such as the injectable, single dose or vermifuge tablet that is placed at the nape of the cat, paste or natural , and we’ll explain how the pup’s worming should be done.
Vermifugation in cats
There are different types of dewormer:
- The injectable
- Single dose tablet
- Vermífugo that is placed in the nape of the cat
- Blow molding in paste
- Natural vermifuge
Varnish for puppies
Endoparasites are the worms and protozoa to which the puppy or adult cat is exposed throughout its life. Therefore, as the vaccine protects against viruses and bacteria, thevermifuge will protect the kitten from these endoparasites , which cause a variety of diseases, some of them even fatal, and becomes indispensable in the treatment of your cat’s health.
Even if your cat does not have access to the street and is already adult, veterinarians recommend that it be dewormed at least once a year . However, the protocol may vary according to the clinical history of the cat, and attention should be doubled if it is a carrier of diseases such as FIV (Feline Aids) or FELV (feline leukemia). The vermifuge thus becomes not only a way of killing the parasites already existing in the cat’s organism, but also makes it immune for a certain period of time against re-infections by the same parasite.
For more information on Deworming in Cats see this other YourCatCareguide article. As it is not possible to observe worms’ eggs with the naked eye without the aid of a microscope, it is often not possible to ascertain whether the puppy cat has any parasites without a stool test, also called a coproparasitological examination. However, when the infection is very large, it is possible to observe larvae in the feces of the animal. In general, if the cat has no symptoms of any disease caused by a worm, it is not necessary to perform tests of feces to see if it is with worms or not, or what type of worm it has, since the existing vermifugs in the market are broad-spectrum.
When we adopt a kitten, we often do not know the origin of the litter, or in what conditions the mother of these kittens lived. Therefore, it is very important to worm the pups as soon as they are 30 days old . Usually, the pet worms available in single doses of 2 doses, that is, 1 dose is offered according to the weight of the baby kitten when it completes 30 days (1 month of age) and another single dose, also of according to the kitten’s updated weight after 15 days of the first dose.
As each case is a case, there are veterinarians who follow protocols of deworming puppies in 3 doses, in which the kitten receives a dose with 30 days, the second dose with 45 days and a third and final dose when it completes 60 days of life, receiving another worming at 6 months of age until becoming an adult cat. Other protocols depend on the cat’s lifestyle, so there are veterinarians who opt for annual deworming and others who opt for a deworming protocol every 6 months throughout the cat’s life.
There are specific deworms for kitten cats , and they are usually in oral suspension because they can be supplied in the correct dose since a 30-day-old puppy cat does not weigh even 500 grams, and the tablets found in the pet market are for cats weighing 4 or 5 pounds.
Injectable Cat Vermifuge
Recently, a pet-friendly vermicompost for dogs and cats has been launched on the market. This injectable vermifuge is a broad spectrum , and is the basis of Praziquantel, a medicine that fights the main worms of species such as Tinea, and that most commonly affects cats is Dipilydium sp . Because it is a vial with a large amount of solution, this type of vermifuge can be indicated for cats that live in large colonies of feral cats or that are waiting for adoption in gatis, where parasite control is extremely important.
This injectable vermifuge is a medicine that should be administered only by the veterinarian, since he is the only one who has the technical knowledge to calculate the correct dose according to the weight of your animal. The application of the injection is done subcutaneously (in the skin of the animal) or intramuscular (in the muscle of the animal), so do not try to apply at home without guidance.
Single-dose cat flap
The single-dose vermifuge for cats is actually the tablet available in Pet Shops . There are several brands, and most are broad-spectrum, that is, has effectiveness against several types of worms that commonly devastate the kittens.
There are brands of palatable tablets, which means that you do not have to make too much effort for the cat to accept the tablet, since it has meat flavor, chicken, etc. These single-dose tablets are already proportional to the cat’s weight, usually 4 or 5 pounds, so you do not need to calculate the dose, just by giving a single tablet to it and 15 afterwards, you should provide the second dose, which treats another whole tablet. For brand indications and guidelines for administering a specific single-dose vermifuge consult your veterinarian, and if your cat weighs less than 4 pounds, follow the advice of the veterinarian who will give you the correct dose and how to fractionate the pill so you can administer to your kitten safely.
Varnish for cats to put on the neck
There are now, in the pet market, deworming cats that you put on the back of the neck , just like an anti-flea pour-on. It is also broad-spectrum and can be found in single dose pipettes according to the weight of your cat so it is always good to pass your kitten by a checkup with the veterinarian to check the correct weight of it.
This type of medicine does not kill fleas and ticks, it is effective only against parasites of the intestinal tract of cats. And unlike an anti flea, it should not be applied on a monthly basis.
To apply, the animal’s hairs should be removed in the region of the cat’s neck and the pipette applied. It should not be administered orally or under the injured skin.
Cat’s paste remover
This type of deworming paste for cats is ideal for those cats that do not open their mouths for anything in the world, and the tutors feel a great difficulty in administering tablets to the cat.
It is effective against the same worms as other types of dewormer, with the advantage that you only have to apply the paste to the cat’s paws and coat , and he will lick himself and lick the medicine himself. It can even be mixed with food.
It should be administered to cats from 6 weeks of age and the protocol of this type of vermifuge paste is determined amount of pulp per kilogram of the animal for 3 consecutive days. Always consult your veterinarian for further guidance.
Natural vermifuge for cats
First of all, keep in mind that home remedies or natural remedies have a much slower action with regard to commercial remedies. So if it has been found that your cat has worms, opt for a commercial product to stop the problem from time to time and leave your pet free of any risks. You can make use of the natural vermifuge for cats if your pet is always protected against fleas and does not have access to the street as a good prevention.
The following are some natural deworming for cats , which should be administered or followed with caution:
- Ground pumpkin seed works like a laxative; put it in your cat’s food for 1 week, make it easier for it to eject the worms. However, caution should be exercised, if your pet is malnourished or too thin, it may become a problem.
- Ground dried thyme can also be added to cat food.
- Add a spoonful of apple cider vinegar to your cat’s water and keep it on for 1 day, and not more than that, as cats can not go 24 hours without feeding. It is a drastic measure, but the idea is that the worms feed on the food that the cat eats, and in an environment without nutrients the worms themselves will feel that the place is not ideal to remain. Do this with caution and only under the supervision and guidance of a veterinarian.
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