How do I know if my cat has worms?
It can sometimes be difficult to identify whether your kitten or cat has worms, so we always recommend maintaining an appropriate worming schedule for your cat. There are however some common symptoms to look out for which may suggest an infestation. These can include diarrhoea, weight loss and behaviour changes such as bottom dragging or lethargic behaviour. Remember to consult your vet if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms.
How often should I worm my cat?
As a guide, kittens from 4-16 weeks of age should be wormed every 2 weeks against roundworms. Cats 6 months and older should be wormed every 2-6 months against roundworms and tapeworms - the more frequent treatment interval being for cats that hunt or are exposed to fleas.
What are the best worm treatments for cats in Australia?
The best worm treatments for cats in Australia include Drontal, Profender and Revolution. Cats are notoriously difficult to give tablets, thus any non-tablet formulation can often end up easier and less stressful for both yourself and your cat. If you prefer to give tablets then you might find our tip sheet on this helpful: How To Give A Cat A Tablet
Can worms spread between cats?
Worms can be spread from one cat to another quite easily, so there’s a few simple, preventative steps you should take. Be sure to clean up any faeces your cat leaves (inside or outside the house) as worm eggs can be transmitted through the consumption of contaminated faeces. Ensure you clean your cats bedding regularly, especially if you have a litter of cats sharing a litter box.
How long will a tapeworm treatment take to work on my cat?
Most tapeworm treatments for cats will kill live worms within approximately 24 to 48 hours. Generally a follow up dosage is required several weeks afterwards to ensure any surviving larvae are eradicated. Be sure to consult the directions included with the worm treatment you have purchased for specific administration instructions.
How long will a roundworm treatment take to work on my cat?
Similar to tapeworm treatments, most roundworm treatments for cats require several doses two or three weeks apart to ensure all worms are eradicated. Consult the directions included with your chosen worming treatment for best results. Kittens are particularly vulnerable to roundworm infection, so be sure to keep up to date with your kitten’s worming schedule.