Worms can cause irreparable harm to kittens. Kittens and cats can contract lungworms, hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms. Most kittens pick up roundworms from their mother’s milk and older cats can become infested by coming in to contact with faeces containing worms or eggs. Tapeworms are often contracted from tapeworm fleas. Hookworms can be contracted from skin contact and ingestions. Lungworms are a lot less common and are usually contracted from eating birds or rodents. It is important to treat for worms regularly and if you suspect an infestation, contact us to arrange for treatment. We may check stool samples and assist with the correct wormer to clear your kitten of the worm infestation.
It is recommended that kittens be dewormed every second week from 2 weeks to 3 months and then once a month until they are 6 months old. Older kittens and cats should be treated straight away and then a dose 2 weeks and 4 weeks later to clear any infestation. Adult cats should be treated every 3 months.