Lethargy – Cats who have worms are often lethargic.
They may lack energy, or seem to have less interest in things that usually excite them.
Dragging themselves along the carpet – This is a strong symptom of cat worms.
When cats drag their bottoms along the carpet, it may be because worms are irritating them.
How can I tell if my cat has worms?
Depending on the type of worm infecting a cat, the following symptoms may indicate warnings of parasite problems:
- Dull coat (from poor absorption of nutrients)
- Pale (not pink) gums, due to anemia.
- Dark, tarry or bloody stool (wear gloves when checking litter box)
- Changes in eating habits (less food consumed)
Can humans get worms from cats?
Dogs and cats can become infected with tapeworm by swallowing infected fleas, from hunting or from scavenging (for example by eating uncooked meat). Tapeworms are long segmented worms that live in the intestine. Humans can get a human-specific tapeworm by eating certain meat that isn’t cooked properly.
What should I do if my cat has worms?
Luckily, treatment for cat tapeworms is pretty easy and effective. If your cat is infested, your vet will give you a tapeworm medicine called a dewormer. Typically, dewormers are oral medications, though they can also be given through an injection.
What happens if tapeworms go untreated in cats?
If worms are left untreated for a long time, the effects can potentially be fatal – particularly for kittens. The long term effect of worms in cats include anaemia from a loss of blood, or a blockage in the intestines caused by too many tapeworms – both of which can have devastating consequences.
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