Feline Parasites

There are a number of internal and external parasites which commonly affect cats. There are a range of products which can treat and protect your cat from all of these.

Common Feline Parasites

Fleas: These famous blood sucking insects can affect your cat all year round  thanks to central heating! They live, feed and breed on your cat and then shed their eggs into their environment where they develop into larvae which pupate and then emerge as adult fleas and jump back on to your cat. Each adult flea can lay up to 30 eggs a day and with a life cycle which can be from as little as 12 days yet as long as several months – a little flea problem can soon become rather a large one quite quickly! Initially you may be unaware that there are fleas in your household. But once you start to see the small dark flecks of flea dirt, your cat starts to scratch or you actually fleas-there is a very significant flea population.

Fleas are also a host for a type of tapeworm meaning, even if your cat is not a hunter they can still become infested with them! If your cat has fleas it is important to treat your house and the cat’s bedding with an effective house spray to kill the eggs, larvae and pupae as well as treating your cat with an effective flea treatment (to order, please click here). Better still, use effective, regular flea control to prevent a problem in the first place.

Roundworms: Roundworms live in the intestines and feed on the gut contents and are very commonly found in kittens. Roundworms pass out eggs in your cats faeces and any other cats that come in contact with the faeces and the surrounding soil with become contaminated too. The eggs are sticky, so if even if you have a single cat that only lives indoor, you can bring them in on your shoes.

Most often there are no outward signs at all. So not seeing anything DOESN’T mean they don’t have worms. But in more severe cases, especially with kittens- a pot belly, with weight loss and increased appetite can be noted. If you haven’t wormed your cats , they probably have worms…

Tapeworms: These are very similar to roundworms because they live in the intestines and feed on the gut contents. They are transmitted by either grooming off a flea or by eating ‘raw meat’ such as birds, mice, rabbits. Tapeworm segments can be seen as small ‘rice grains’ around your cat’s bottom. To keep on top of this problem- good regular flea control and treating for tapeworms is needed.

Look at joining the 608 Pet Health Club and have all these dealt in our simple program, and at the special club rates. Or the Early Care Kitten PLUS Package.

Other Feline Parasites

Ear Mites: Ear mites do what they say on the tin! They live in your cats ears and are closely linked with the feline ear infections and generally dirty ears! Signs include lots of wax and discharge from the ear, head shaking and scratching at the ears. There are some preparations which protect against ear mites as well as treat them.

Ticks: Ticks live amongst long grasses and jump onto passing hosts in order to attach and drink their blood. They aren’t easily removed either, ticks bury their heads into the skin so simply pulling them off still leaves the head behind which can cause infection. We can supply preparations and gadgets to remove and protect against ticks.

Protection against Parasites: Protection against fleas and worms are available through tablets, ‘spot-on’ treatments and injections (upon request). Frequency varies between products and your cat’s risk factor for example how much they hunt. We recommend regular preventative treatment, rather than ‘fire brigade work’ when the parasites cause health issues. If you need advice- please just ask our staff. Also our 608 Pet Health Club includes a regular flea and worm control program, all at a special rates.

To order your cat’s flea and worming treatment please visit our Pharmacy.

 

Please note: Some of our flea and worming treatments are by prescription only and requires one of our vets to have seen your cat within the last 12 - 24 months.