Parasites are part of the life of every cat. It is difficult to hear a case that has never had to deal with them. For many, the battle begins in the first weeks of life, but that’s not the only way of becoming infected.
Causes of contagion; • Breast milk: Most newborn kittens are infected through breast milk. The poor mother cat thinks is feeding without knowing it also brings problems to your health.
• To eat the prey: The cat is a hunter by nature. And many of prey are rodents or insects which carry the parasites in their system. The cat consumes hunting and takes his body and eggs or worms developed.
• Play on Earth: One more reason to keep the cat indoors. A cat that lives outside or coming out to play the courtyard is more likely to become infected with a parasite by making holes in the ground or playing on the lawn. The cat can not be dirty and licking his paws consumes land with parasites.
Different kinds of parasites; • tapeworm (tapeworm): The most common parasite in adult cats. She lives in the small intestine. His body is divided into segments followed by a head where he keeps the eggs. The head contains hooks that stick to the walls of the intestine. Segments other animals with eggs are passed through excreta.
By its light color they are sometimes easy to observe. Its size is compared to a grain of rice. A common symptom is to see the cat scratching the back with the floor or constantly cleaned to relieve itching.
To remove the solitary head must be destroyed to prevent the worm to regenerate.
• Roundworm (roundworm): They get the cat through breast milk or hunt animals. They live in the stomach and intestines. Their eggs are eliminated in the stool. These are protected by a strong shell that allows them to remain dormant in the soil for months. They go back to the cat through direct contact with the ground, probably to wipe legs or eat an insect on earth.
Upon entering the body, the eggs are activated and walk through the lungs and trachea. It is during this time that the cat passes the parasite to her kittens while breastfeeds.
To prevent mother infect her kittens, it is recommended to treat during pregnancy. This does not prevent it from happening, but the chances are less. An infected with roundworms kitten is recognized for having good thin body but her swollen belly. Its symptoms include; • vomiting; • diarrhea; • anemia; • Pneumonia, vomit or make your deposit may notice the long and thin worm still alive and moving.
To prevent this from happening we recommend worming the kitten to her 3 weeks old. The drug stops activating the eggs happen preventing a complete transmission.
• Hookworm (hookworm): This parasite is not as common in the cat and the dog. small worm that attaches to the small intestine of cat and feeds on the blood of its host. They develop mostly in areas with hot temperatures and high humidity.
The cat is acquired by infection with the ground or touching contaminated excreta. Hence, passing his tongue and wash the egg enters the system. Common symptoms of a cat with hookworm are: • anemia; • diarrhea; • weight loss; • Weakness
How to remove parasites; • First of all, a specific diagnosis is needed vet. A medication for each type of parasite. To find the kind of parasite and its treatment, excreta test is needed.
• All drugs used are poisonous to the parasite but not for the cat. But if the cat has not been diagnosed properly, this can present problems such as vomiting and diarrhea, among other more serious symptoms.
• The process must be diagnosed and monitored by the veterinarian.
Prevention; Due to its ease of moving to other animals or insects, to eradicate parasites is not easy.
• Cat indoors: This rule relieves problems. Cat does not go to court, cat does not bring parasites. But it does not mean that if you bring a new pet home, it does not come contaminated. Make sure your veterinarian and make the test before presenting them at home.
• clean litter box: Nobody likes to use a dirty bathroom. I do not like your cat. Keep your litter box clean helps eliminate any problems you are living on the ground. If your cat lives abroad and makes their needs in the yard, check the area and clean it frequently. Is the place that used to be exposed in the sun to dry it stays forever. Parasites prefer to live in moist environments.
• Remove insects: Create a treatment regimen with insecticides in the home and its surroundings will help the insects do not come to your home or bring parasites to your kitten.