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Sunday, July 11, 2010

deworming your cat

Intestinal worms are parasites that reside in your cat's digestive system. Parasitical worms basically feed off whatever your cat is eating, leeching away its nutrition. Symptoms of intestinal worms include bloated stomach yet a skinny body weight, diarrhoea, lack of appetite.

A deworming regime is recommended for cats even if they are household cats. Adult cats should be dewormed once a year.

For kittens, deworming regime is more complicated. It starts at 4 weeks of age, followed by 6 weeks of age, then 8 weeks of age. Thereafter, when it is 3 months old, and every 3 months till it reaches a year old.

You can deworm your cat at home or get the deworming tablets or paste from the vet when you bring your cat or kitten for its vaccinations and checkups. For home deworming, use one that has a metered syringe such as Aristopet's All Wormer Paste for easy dispensation. Works for both kittens and adults.

To dispense the paste via syringe, simply slide the tip of the syringe through the side of your cat's mouth and push the metered dosage. Usually, mixing it into food will not work because cats have a keen sense of smell and will avoid food that smells weird, unless you are using very strong fishy-smelling food. That will be the next alternative if your cat resists being syringed. 

Keep the unused portion of the deworming paste in the refrigerator.

At Love Kuching Project we deworm all our fostered rescues, and when you adopt, we will inform you the date that your cat was last dewormed so you can follow up on its deworming regime accordingly. If you adopt a pet from anywhere else, do ask about its deworming dose and when it was last dosed so you can do the same!