If white worms appeared in the feces of a cat, then this indicates the appearance of tape worms in the body of the animal. This is a fairly common occurrence, especially if the pet is free to walk in the fresh air. The danger of tape helminths is that they cause mechanical damage to the tissues of organs, as a result of which the vessels are destroyed, the tissues begin to die. Cats that do not go outside can also become infected with worms, eating raw fish or meat, drinking dirty water. Often, owners accidentally bring helminth larvae from the street.
Types of Worms
All varieties of helminths are large and small white worms (they can often be seen in feces). Their length can vary from a few millimeters to two meters. If white worms move in the cat's feces, this means that the infection is quite strong.
Most cats have 3 types of worms:
- Tapeworms live in the human and feline intestines. Infection with parasites occurs due to the use of raw pieces of meat, fish. Ribbon white worms lead to alveococcosis, dipyldiosis, diphyllobothriasis, are very dangerous for humans.
- Round helminths are characterized by incredible vitality and agility. The reasons for charging are worm eggs on clothes or after contact with the feces of infected animals. Round white worms cause toxascaridosis and hookworm. If treatment is not done in a timely manner, the intestines of a kitten or adult cat can be torn apart by a large number of worms.
- Flat flukes are rare in cats, but are dangerous. Infection occurs when animals eat river fish or shellfish. Flat flukes cause opisthorchiasis and paragonimiasis. After infection, the kitten becomes very restless, his stomach is constantly and very painful. The pet will die if therapy is not carried out in a timely manner.
Each type of worm is dangerous not only for animals, but also for humans.
Symptoms of helminthiasis
Signs of parasites that appear in the body of an animal can be different. Symptoms directly depend on the type of helminths that have got into the cat's body and the degree of damage by worms.
At the initial stage, the disease does not reveal itself in any way, but progresses very quickly, as a result of which the cat weakens day by day.
The main signs of infection with worms:
- The animal becomes lethargic and quickly tires.
- White small worms appear in the feces of a cat.
- The belly of the pet becomes dense, you can observe a strong bloating.
- The cat's appetite disappears, she may refuse to feed.
- The coat loses its shine and begins to fall out.
- Problems with stool discharge. Constipation alternates with an upset bowel.
- The cat can "ride" on the pope.
- The pet becomes nervous and restless.
Before giving an anthelmintic drug, it is worth confirming the diagnosis by passing feces for analysis. A laboratory study allows you to make the most accurate diagnosis, excluding the presence of other pathologies and begin the most effective treatment.
Helminthic invasion treatment
If the cat often walks in the fresh air, then the prevention of worms should be a regular event. Prevention of the appearance of white worms in the feces of a cat involves taking anthelmintic agents to animals twice a year. If the risk of infection is very high, then deworming is done 1 time in 3 months. 2 weeks before vaccination, it is necessary to give the cat a worm drug.
Typically, anthelmintic drugs are given twice, with an interval of 10-14 days. A single treatment will be ineffective, since only adults will die, and the eggs will remain. A second medication will destroy the worms that have just emerged from the eggs. There are drugs that destroy all stages of the development of parasites in 1 time, for example, Profender, Milbemax.
Worms in the feces of a kitten indicate infection with white helminths and treatment should be carried out immediately.