How to Prevent Worms

It’s important to get into the habit of using regular preventative measures against parasites. Cats should be wormed once every three months, as a minimum; by asking a qualified flea and worm advisor from Pets at Home for advice, you can find out one of the many ways you can keep your cat worm-free.

These include products such as those offered by Drontal, which are known for their effectiveness against most types of intestinal worm. Most companies produce medication that can be given to your pet in the form of tablets, granules, pastes, syrups and drops - we can help you choose which one is best for your cat!

Tips for preventing worms in your home

There are a number of ways that you can help stop worms from spreading or multiplying in your home. While some of the following tips are simple lifestyle changes, other prevention tactics are often overlooked, and may have led to other infections in the past - if you’ve had the misfortune of dealing with worms in the past!

It is important to continually check your cat for signs of fleas; whether your cat shows signs of them or not, it It’s important to get into the habit of using regular preventative measures against parasites. Cats should be wormed once every three months, as a minimum; by asking a qualified flea and worm advisor from Pets at Home for advice, you can find out one of the many ways you can keep your cat worm-free. How to Prevent Wormsis also important to keep soft furnishings in the home clean, and carefully vacuuming or steam cleaning carpets and rugs. Cat bedding can be a popular breeding ground for fleas, so do not forget to clean this, too.

Cat litter boxes should also be cleaned on a regular basis, and changed daily. If left alone, segments of any existing worm infections may be picked up by mites and fleas, which can then spread the disease further.

While cats are well known for keeping themselves clean, it is nonetheless important to groom cats as this will prevent them from falling prey to fleas and ticks.

Given that cats can contract worms from rodents, it is important to take necessary steps to prevent them from coming into, or near to, your home. Lots of traditional and humane means of stopping these from entering your home are available at reasonable prices.

If your cat is pregnant, then consider giving it worm medication to prevent the infection from being passed on to their offspring both in the womb and during the nursing stages. Whilst many treatments are safe to use on pregnant cats, it’s important to always check the label, and advisable to consult your vet before starting treatment.

If you own other pets that show signs of illness, separate them from healthy cats - and check on them regularly, in case the infection has already started.