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How to Spot Roundworms in Your Cat

roundworm in catsRoundworms are the most common intestinal parasite in kittens, but they can affect adult cats too. Though signs of roundworms in cats can include diarrhea, weight loss, and vomiting, many adult cats don’t display any symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to have your cat’s poop tested for roundworms every year during a yearly veterinarian visit at your local Albuquerque veterinary clinic. Though Vetco doesn’t offer fecal tests, we do sell Heartgard which can help prevent roundworm in your cat.

What Are Roundworms?

Roundworms are long, brown, round worm that lives in your cat’s intestines. You can sometimes see them in your cat’s poo, and they typically look like tiny noodles or grains of rice. Did you know that 50% of kittens will get a roundworm infection?

How do Cats Get Roundworm?

There are a few ways a cat can get roundworms. Kittens will often get it from their mother’s milk. If your cat once had roundworms, being pregnant can reactivate dormant roundworms still living in the mama cat’s body. These new worms then transmit to the kitten through the milk. The other way they get roundworms is from infected poop or infected rodents.

What are the Symptoms of Roundworm?

Adult roundworms live in your cat’s intestines. Symptoms of a roundworm infection include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Low energy
  • Oily coat or a bad coat
  • Failure to thrive in kittens
  • Vomiting
  • Potbelly in kittens
  • Dead worms in poop or vomit
  • Anemia, in sever cases

Some cats won’t show any symptoms but this doesn’t mean their health isn’t being affected. Like people, we can have issues and not show symptoms that are obvious to others. The only way to know for sure is to have your Albuquerque vet perform a fecal test.

How Do You Treat Roundworm?

Thankfully roundworm is easy to treat with a dewormer given to you by your veterinarian. Though Vetco is not a full-service vet clinic we can help with prevention, which is the best treatment. Giving your cat a monthly treatment of Heartgard will help prevent roundworm and other parasitic infections.