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People and worms

Roundworms can infect people. In several really scarce scenarios, small children who ingest the eggs can experience eye harm or blindness because the worm larvae transfer by means of the physique creating tissue deterioration.

Which worming medicine should I use?

Some worming medicines are efficient towards each roundworm and tapeworm, whilst other people are only productive versus a single or the opposite. It's important to chose the best product for your cat.

Many worming medications are actually offered which include liquids, pastes and granules too as injections from your vet and area-on cure. Your vet is the most effective person to ask for tips within the correct treatment method.


Tapeworms are lengthy flat worms composed of many segments. Segments containing worm eggs are handed inside the faeces. These segments resemble grains of rice in look and might often be observed about the hair around the anus from the cat, inside faeces and around the cat's mattress.

By far the most frequent kinds of tapeworm that infect cats are referred to as Dipylidium caninum and Taenia taeniaeformis. Dipylidium is transmitted to cats by fleas. Immature fleas (larvae) ingest the eggs of your worm and infection is handed on to your cat when it swallows an infected flea through grooming. It ought to for that reason be assumed that any cat contaminated with fleas also has Dipylidium, and vice versa.

The opposite type of tapeworm, Taenia taeniaeformis, is passed on to cats by little rodents (rats and mice). Worm eggs are eaten by rodents and handed on to cats once they hunt and eat an contaminated rodent. This infection for that reason happens in any cats that hunt.


Roundworms are the most typical intestinal parasites in cats. You will discover two unique varieties, Toxocara cati and Toxascaris leonina. Eggs from these worms are passed inside faeces and is often eaten (ingested) by other cats. Eggs can stay infective inside the setting for months to many years! Infection could also be handed by rodents (an intermediate host) which have eaten eggs and in turn are eaten by a cat.

Toxocara cati can also be handed via the milk in the queen (mommy) to her kittens. Whenever a queen is contaminated with roundworm some immature kinds of your roundworm (larvae) remain dormant in certain tissues inside body. This causes no damage for the queen but when she gives birth the larvae migrate to the mammary glands and are excreted inside milk. This is actually a incredibly frequent route of infection and we can for that reason suppose that most kittens will probably be contaminated with Toxocara cati. It's estimated that ten% of grownup cats also shed this worm in their faeces. T leonina is not usually observed inside UK.

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