These parasites can be wormlike or one-celled protozoan organisms. They usually cause fairly nonspecific symptoms, such as a dull coat, coughing, vomiting , diarrhea , mucousy or bloody feces, loss of appetite, pale mucous membranes, or a potbellied appearance. The vomiting, diarrhea, anemia , and dehydration caused by intestinal parasites can weaken a cat, making it more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections and other diseases. Importantly, some GI parasites of cats have the potential to infect humans.
Cats - health and safety risks to babies and children
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Worms live in the intestines, steal food and cause damage to the gut lining. Although worms rarely cause serious problems in adult cats, they can cause very serious illness such as dehydration, anaemia, gut blockages and even death in kittens. There are two main types of worm that affect cats and kittens in the UK:. Your kitten will need a special worming treatment suited to their age and weight. They should have their first treatment at 3 weeks old and after that, they should be wormed every two weeks until they are 16 weeks old. After 16 weeks, they will need a treatment every one-three months or as regularly as your vet suggests.
On green grass and warm sand, in fish and meat, on fruits and vegetables, in water and even in the air — they are everywhere. If you examine the nearest flower bed under a microscope — insomnia is provided. Worms of pets, even those who live in cleanliness, who feed on industrial food and who never leave home, are not uncommon. And what about cats that walk by themselves? Many worms are transmitted to humans.
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