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People and worms

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

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

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.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

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

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.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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