Which Cat Wormers Should You Choose?


Cats / Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Which Cat Wormers Should You Choose?

There are many different cat wormers available in the marketplace. Not only can they be purchased from supermarkets, online retailers and pet shops, but they can be obtained from veterinary surgeons too. However, some of these products are quite simply ineffective, and so it makes sense to get the advice of your vet before deciding which wormer to use.

Whilst some are effective against roundworm and tapeworm, others only work against one of these. As such, it’s essential that you choose the right product to suit the needs of your cat. This will depend on several factors, such as the age of your cat and whether or not they hunt.
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Administering worming preparations

Worming preparations have traditionally come in tablet form. However, as you may already know, administering tablets to our feline friends can be a real challenge. This has led a number of pharmaceutical firms to develop wormers that are smaller and more palatable for cats.

It can be useful to syringe a small amount of water into your cat’s mouth after giving them the wormer, as this will encourage them to swallow it. Devices referred to as ‘pill poppers’ exist to help owners administer tablets to their cats, however, it’s important that great care is taken when using these. This is because they can cause damage to the mouth and throat if used incorrectly or in a rough manner.

Recommended cat wormers

One worming preparation that comes highly recommended is Panacur. This wormer is particularly palatable for cats and is often used in cats that are hard to medicate. Liquid wormers such as those made by Droncit are easily applied to the cat’s skin, which may prove easier than tablets.

There are many formulations of worming medications available to buy, including tablets, liquids, pastes, syrups and granules. Your vet will be able to provide you with the advice you need.

When to worm your cat

Roundworms are common in kittens, and therefore it’s important to worm them regularly when they are still young. It’s recommended to do so every two weeks once they’re about six weeks of age to 16 weeks of age.

In comparison, tapeworms usually affect older cats, and so adults need to be treated with a product that’s active against both roundworms and tapeworms. How often you need to worm an older cat depends on a range of factors.

For example, if your cat hunts and whether or not he or she treated for fleas on a regular basis. Usually, it’s recommended that older cats are wormed every two or three months.

With so many cat wormers available to buy, knowing which one is right for your pet can be difficult. Fortunately, your vet is on hand to point you in the right direction.

Regularly worming can ensure that your cat stays protected from roundworms and tapeworms, which can cause weight loss, vomiting, diarrhoea and irritation. You will find an excellent range of wormers for cats here at Time for Paws.