Parasitic infections in your cat

Parasitic infections in your cat

Parasitic infections in your cat

Parasitic infections in your cat

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Parasitic infections are common, and many cats will experience ticks, fleas, roundworms, or lice (among others) at least once in their lifetime.

Recognizing of the most common infections

• Ticks
Check your furkid for ticks regularly, whether they live in your garden or in the neighbourhood. This parasite will most likely grasp to skin which is easily accessible. Ticks will feel like a firm knob on your cat’s skin. Remove ticks immediately by grasping from the head and pulling it out steadily. Not all ticks are dangerous but if you notice any untoward symptoms, your furkid should be seen by a veterinarian with urgency.

• Fleas
The cat flea is a common problem. If your furkid has fleas, she will scratch persistently. This parasitic infection is identified through red, inflamed bumps on the skin, namely by the abdomen, tail or ears. Remember to check these areas for fleas if your cat is showing constant signs of itching.

• Roundworms
Roundworm is a common parasitic infection that affects both kittens and adult cats. Through microscopic evaluation, your veterinarian will be able to determine the type of roundworm your cat is infested with. Treatment for roundworms does however remain the same, regardless of type. Roundworms may be visible in cat faeces or vomit. This parasite may also display symptoms such as a dull coat, diarrhoea, weight loss and a pot-bellied appearance.

• Lice
Similar to fleas, lice cause a profound amount of itching. Lice are a parasitic infestation of the skin. As lice lay eggs, the infestation clears up once treated.

Parasitic infections: Preventative care

As with any medical intervention, prevention is better than cure. Your veterinarian will therefore be able to recommend a deworming and parasitic control regimen for your furkid throughout their lifespan. Your vet will likely recommend Advocate for the prevention of parasitic infections. The application is simple and easy with reapplication recommended every 4 weeks. Your veterinarian, in treating a parasitic infection, will recommend the
product and treatment regimen best suited to your furkids’ needs.

Practicing good hygiene at home lessens the chances of growth and spread of parasitic infections. Cleaning the litter box regularly, washing hands thoroughly and keeping your cat away from faeces of strange cats all aid in appropriate preventative care.

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