Ashlea Veterinary Centre Ltd, Unit 2b Port Road Business Park, Carlisle CA2 7AF  Reg no: 4759132

Worms


Cats suffer two forms of intestinal worm – Roundworm, which are passed directly from cat to cat, and Tapeworm, which pass through an intermediate host (flea or mouse).


Roundworms - Queens start passing Toxocara cati larvae into their milk as soon as the kittens are born, so by three weeks kittens can have fairly large worm burdens.  Ideally kittens should be wormed from then onwards, but usually we get to give kittens their first routine worming at the first vaccination.  The most efficient wormer for kittens is Panacur which we normally give in liquid form daily for three days.  Kittens should be wormed again at their second vaccination.


All adult cats should be routinely wormed every 6 months using a safe product which will reliably remove both round and tapeworms – many petshop wormers will fail to provide full coverage.  For those cats that simply will not take tablets, efficient ‘spot-ons’ are now available to perform an equivalent job!


Tapeworms - If your cat is a good hunter then he may pick up tapeworms regularly.  The tapeworm has to pass through another animal before it can re-infect cats; this ‘intermediate host’ can be a mouse, rabbit or even a flea. You will recognise tapeworms from the small rice-like segments stuck to the hair around your cat’s tail or bottom. If a cat vomits one up it will be white, flat and segmented – a roundworm will look more like a rubber band or a piece of spaghetti!  Ask our staff for advice on a suitable tablet which will remove both round and tapeworms.  Avid hunters may need more regular tapeworm-specific treatment which is available in tablet, injection or ‘spot-on’ formulations.


Fleas         

Please see comprehensive advice on our ‘Flea Control’ webpage

Ear Mites: Ear mites are commonly found in kittens, being passed by direct contact with an infected adult (i.e. their mother). Mites will produce marked irritation in the ear canal, causing the kitten to shake its head and to scratch its ears.  In cases of infestation you may be able to see copious black wax rising to the top of the ear canal.  If your kitten has ear mites we will either dispense ear drops to kill the mites or we will use a systemic spot-on, a product which is absorbed through the skin and spreads through the bloodstream to kill fleas, roundworms and ear mites.  However even when using a systemic treatment we will need to disperse the wax within the ear canal by means of some wax dispersant.   Ear mites can be shared between dogs and cats and therefore all pets within a household will need to be treated at the same time to eliminate the infestation completely.


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