About Parasitic Worms
Part of a Cat's Life
Internal parasites (worms) are a very common problem among cats. Almost all kittens get the infection immediately after birth, through their mother’s milk (roundworm, hookworm). Moreover, cats of all ages are continuously exposed to parasites through soil contaminated by infective worm eggs or larvae in the backyard and parks or through hunting of intermediate hosts like mice and other small rodents. In some areas, cats are also at risk of being infected by heartworm which is transmitted through mosquito bites. Though some of these parasites are dangerous, they can be easily controlled and disease from the most common can be prevented.
Why Worms are a Problem
Hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms can seriously affect a cat's health and well-being. Further they might be a zoonotic risk factor, affecting owners and their children.
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