Hookworms, like tapeworms and roundworms, are intestinal parasites that dwell in your cat's digestive tract. These intestinal parasites infect the small intestine, causing digestive problems. The hookworm clings to the intestinal lining and feeds on your cat's blood. Its eggs are discharged into the digestive tract and then released into the environment via your cat's excrement. Hookworm infestations can be lethal if left untreated, especially in kittens.
Compared to the enormous numbers of hookworms observed in dogs, cats tend to have less hookworms. In addition, feline hookworms are less aggressive bloodsuckers than canine hookworms so finding them may be harder.
Although not all cats afflicted with hookworms exhibit indications of infection, there are several signs to watch for. Among them are:
In adult cats, the symptoms may not be as noticeable as they are in kittens. Hookworms, especially in kittens, can be lethal if not treated.
Because hookworm eggs and larvae are not visible to the naked eye, identification requires a microscopic study of the cat's feces using the fecal flotation technique. A small quantity of the cat's excrement is put into a specific solution, which causes the hookworm eggs to float to the surface and stick to a glass slide placed on top of the solution.
If a cat tests positive for hookworms, more testing, such as an urinalysis and blood work, may be required so that your veterinarian may identify the best course of treatment.
The prognosis for recovery is excellent if identified early. The length of time it takes for your cat to feel well is determined on his or her clinical symptoms and the treatment strategy recommended by your veterinarian.
Medication is frequently effective in treating hookworms. Because severe or chronic hookworm infections may be severely debilitating for your cat, it's critical to identify and treat the infestation as soon as possible.
Trying to avoid hookworm infections ahead of time will help keep your cat healthy. This is particularly true for kittens, who are more susceptible to hookworms. Here are some suggestions:
Always remember to have an extra cat or kitten checked for intestinal parasites before introducing her to your other pets if you intend on adding one into your home.
Proper hookworm infection treatment and prevention, as well as excellent cleanliness, are critical in preventing this human health risk. If you believe your cat has hookworms, contact Meows & Purrs in Broward & Palm Beach right away to get started making your kitty feel well!