You have just welcomed a young cat into the house and you must protect it from an infestation of worms, especially since the spring period is favorable for the invasion of parasites. Kittens, particularly fragile, are very often infested by intestinal worms. Hence the importance of deworm a kitten by following a few precautions. Zoomalia answers your questions and enlightens you on your doubts and your methods of use. After reading this article, you will become a master chef of kitten dewormer, be sure!
1. Worm a kitten: why?
Deworm a kitten is an integral part of the usual hygienic care to be instituted in the life of a feline for several reasons. Worms can be transmitted quickly from living thing to living thing, between humans and animals as well. If infected, the mother can pass the worms to her litter through the placenta, breast milk or stool. Indeed, thehis kitten is very sensitive to worms which cause digestive problems, sometimes very serious. In addition, parasites compromise the healthy growth and development of your pet.
The ascaris belong to the parasitic worms popular in the digestive tract of kittens. Also, the eggs from these worms, very resistant, are easily transmitted, during breastfeeding of the mother for example. It is therefore necessary to protect your home, all pets and children if you have them, as contamination can spread very quickly and affect those around you.
2. How to deworm a kitten naturally?
There are many simple techniques at your fingertips to purge your kitten as naturally as possible, without the need for cat pest control products. You can use plants, garlic, thyme, clay, diatomaceous earth and the famous catnip!
You just have to cut finely, or even grind the natural product and integrate it into your kitten’s diet (in cat food for example) or in his bowl of fresh water. In addition to offering a antibacterial protection effective, they make a massive contribution to strengthening the kitten’s cardiovascular system.
Catnip, perfectly natural, is an effective remedy to encourage healthy vomiting of the hair, and at the same time, promotes better digestion by eliminating the worms present. You will get this vegetable, without risk for your kitten, with sprouts of wheat, barley and oats. Catnip is an excellent stomach purifier in felines that reduces the development of intestinal parasites. To test absolutely!
3. What are the signs of infestation?
The symptoms of the appearance of intestinal worms are difficult to detect, however, with a little experience, you will see the contagion in your kitten.
Be careful with Ascaris or roundworms, and Cestodes or tapeworms, responsible for digestive disorders in felines. Your cat vomits very often, this is abnormal. However, we must not confuse the vomiting due to worms with regurgitation related to the elimination of hairballs, quite frequent in the fall and spring when hair loss and coat renewal.
If a kitten’s moult has not yet taken place, you can already eliminate this natural phenomenon. If in doubt, consult a veterinarian who will be able to diagnose the contamination of worms in the animal. If you observe worms around the anus or in your kitten’s stool, like moving white dots, is that the unfortunate is indeed infested.
These internal parasites will feed on whatever it finds in the kitten’s stomach, including the right vitamins and nutrients essential to its shape. It is then that a certain anemia will appear in the young animal, that is to say a repetitive and constant fatigue. Loose, diarrheal stools will follow, loss of appetite and weight, and a swollen abdomen. The notorious presence of worms in the stool also affects the animal’s physical features: its hair becomes dull and its gums turn pale.
4. How often is a kitten dewormed?
You can give your kitten dewormer many times in the year following his birth. Compared to an adult cat, deworming becomes more common in a kitten. If the apartment cat only needs to be dewormed once or twice a year, the kitten will have to be wormed more often, from its first weeks of life.
Zoomalia recommends adapting the intake of dewormers on a case-by-case basis, following the advice of your professional veterinarian, but the appropriate dosage may correspond to this:
- a first administration at the age of 2 weeks;
a second administration at 4 weeks;
a third administration at 6 weeks;
a third administration at 8 weeks.
Finally, your 2 month old kitten can be dewormed by you monthly until it is 6 months old. Then, you will set up a deworming session to adapt to the living conditions of the animal. If he walks outside a lot, you will increase the frequency (once a quarter for example). On the contrary, if your kitten stays indoors, 3 times a year is sufficient.
5. When to deworm my kitten?
Like vaccines, deworming is an act of prevention, because prevention is better than cure. For a kitten, the sooner the better, from the first symptoms Animal experts strongly advise to proceed to the dewormer in autumn and early spring.
In order not to forget the treatment, remember to deworm your kitten at each change of season (spring, summer, fall, winter) by simply following the calendar. In this way, you are sure to treat your companion rigorously.
6. How do I deworm my kitten?
The criteria to be taken into account for deworm your kitten depend on its age, weight and parasitism. Refer to the instructions for use of the different dewormers, to your veterinarian and follow our recommendations for frequency and seasonality that you can note on your calendar.
If you have opted for tablets, crush them in his food, especially in a fresh mash that your pet is used to enjoying. Otherwise, the choice of the pipette is ideal and greatly facilitates the taking of the dewormer. Each master develops his own technique according to his animal, it’s up to you to find it and make it your own!
7. Which kitten dewormer should you choose?
It all depends on your ability and ease of administering a sedative. There are 3 types of suitable dewormers on the market that guarantee a good result:
- Natural dewormers in tablets to swallow: these tablets can be stored for a long time in your medicine cabinet. The effectiveness of the treatment is no longer to be demonstrated, it eliminates all internal parasites and respects the animal’s organism.
- Dewormers in liquid form: this formula mixes easily and quickly with your cat’s food or in their bowl of fresh water. This allows him to be treated effectively without him noticing it, thus avoiding the basics of taking a drug.
- Plant dewormers: Available in tablets, powder, syrup or pipettes, these are 100% natural (garlic, thyme, chamomile, clay, diatomaceous earth), act on the body gently, strengthen its immune defenses, detoxify and cleanse the intestinal transit of your cat.
GOOD TO KNOW ! You are now an expert in deworming for cats! Deworm a kitten consists of adopting the right actions and recognizing the appearance of the parasitic disease in order to take good care of your pet as quickly as possible. This will prevent the spread of the pathology in his body and the probable contagion of his congeners.