SlimKitty Health Check: Parasites – Worms

The next installment on our SlimKitty Health Check series is on parasites. Cats can contract many of the same parasites that dogs get: Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms & Tapeworms. You can read our SlimDoggy Health Check Parasites: Worms post to get information on symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & prevention.
Cat to the vet
In addition to those common parasites, cats may also get Stomach worms or Ollanulus tricuspis and Physaloptera. These worms live in the feline stomach. These parasites are fairly rare in the United States and are found most frequently in free-roaming or feral cats as a result of eating the vomit of infected cats. Symptoms of Ollanulus tricuspis include vomiting and anorexia. Diagnosis is made through the observation of larvae in the vomit an infected cat, but an effective treatment for these worms is not known.
Symptoms of Physaloptera are similar, anorexia, vomiting and also blackened stool – a results of blood in the intestines. DIagnosis may be possible with fecal examination. Like Ollanulus, treatment may be difficult. The most effective treatment is prevention and keeping your cat away from potential contamination.

Additional Reading:
Parasites and Worms
Worms in Cats: An Infection of Intestinal Parasites

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  1. These parasites are just one more reason that cats do best when they are kept indoors. Great info. It is certainly easier to prevent these than it is to have to treat them.
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  2. This is a great post to remind cat owners to take their cat to the vet for deworming. I take my cat to the vet regularly for vaccination and deworming and he never had a problem.
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  3. I agree with Robin…since our cats became indoors only we haven’t had to deal with any parasites.
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