The following symptoms are common in cats that have roundworms:
Most cats will contract roundworms at some time during their lives—it’s a common parasite that can be easily treated.
Keep your purring friend away from areas that may attract rodents, like the basement or screened-in back porch. If you notice bugs in your home, get rid of them before Trixy has a chance to dine on the critters. Your veterinarian can prescribe monthly flea and heartworm medications that help fight her chances of getting stuck with a roundworm infestation.
Fortunately, the treatment for roundworms is safe, simple, and relatively inexpensive. The dead and dying roundworms pass into the stool after administration of the anthelmintic or deworming medication. Since none of these treatments will kill the encysted forms of the worm or the migrating larvae, some cats may need repeated treatments during their life. Ideally, kittens are dewormed with each visit for booster vaccinations. If your adult cat goes outdoors, you may wish to administer doses of an anthelmintic every 3 months to prevent problems.
Roundworm symptoms in cats include:
Indoor cats can get roundworms by hunting in the basement.
Pregnant pets can be dewormed through pregnancy and during whelping. This decreases the number of worms that can be passed to the young. Unfortunately, deworming medication does not kill hookworms and roundworms that remain hiding (encysted) within the mother's muscle tissues.Cats contract roundworms by eating another animal that is infected—like an insect or mouse—or from another cat via feces, typically in a shared litterbox. Kittens contract it from the milk of an infected mother and are particularly vulnerable to the effects. If you suspect your kitten has been exposed, have him or her seen by your vet immediately.Roundworms (often simply called worms) are extremely common in pets. In dogs and cats, worms may cause no symptoms whatsoever, or they may cause and other gastrointestinal problems. Many safe and effective treatments and preventatives are available to keep pets free of worms.Once the roundworm parasite is ingested, it resides in the cat’s digestive system, then passes through the intestines and emerges in the feces. The worms will be visible in the feces and have a noodle-like appearance. Other symptoms of a roundworm infection include vomiting, , loss of appetite, weight loss or a distended belly.Roundworms are most commonly diagnosed by identification of their eggs in feces. This is done by preparing the feces in a special manner and evaluating with a microscope. Fecal tests for roundworms not 100% accurate because the worms do not continuously shed eggs. If only small numbers of eggs are present they may not be detected by the test. can help prevent a recurrence of roundworm. Monthly flea medications can also help—some are created to kill roundworm larvae in addition to preventing fleas. Kittens should be given deworming medication until they are a year old, so talk to your vet about what to use and how often.