Sometimes, the problem is obvious, such as your cat throwing up after eating – and what comes up includes something which seems to be small pieces of spaghetti. What these are in most cases are roundworms.In other cases the problem may not be immediately apparent.
Your cat might have a wheeze; this could simply indicate a cold and vets see thousands of cats which seem to have a respiratory ailment. However, these symptoms can also mean that your cat is afflicted with parasitic lungworms. They will cause your cat to present symptoms which seem like asthma, but of course a different course of treatment is recommended if lungworms are the issue.
If you’ve recently adopted a new cat, there’s a good chance that he has some unwelcome stowaways: cat worms. If you haven’t yet been able to get into the vet for an exam, then you’ll need to keep an eye on the litter box. If you see black, tarry looking or bloody stools, then your cat probably has hookworms; your vet can make a definitive diagnosis of this problem.
The symptoms that you may see in cats which have a serious roundworm infestation include diarrhea, vomiting or both. There may be blood in both the stool and vomit. What is happening is your cat is doing her level best to get these parasites out; but vomiting won’t get rid of the problem and the diarrhea and vomiting can leave your cat dehydrated and malnourished.
Cat worms are parasites that feed off of your cat’s blood. In serious infestations, anemia can result. However, the most serious threat to your cat from cat worms is developing an impacted GI tract – her intestines are packed with roundworms!
Young cats especially may suffer an intestinal perforation as a result of this impaction.Tape worms are a less serious problem but still need to be treated. This is one of the easier ones to diagnose yourself. You probably see plenty of your cat’s rear-end everyday; take a closer look. If you see small, white protrusions, you’re probably seeing a segment of one of these cat tape worms poking out.
Cat heartworm infestation is one of the most serious of cat worm health threats. Your cat might cough, gag, vomit or appear to have difficulty breathing. Tragically, a cat with these worms may show no symptoms and simply die without warning.
Here is a brief list of cat worm symptoms which every cat owner needs to be aware of and watch for.If your cat exhibits one or more of the following symptoms, then there may be a cat worm infestation.
3. Coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing
4. Frequent vomiting
5. Vomiting short, white spaghetti-like matter
6. Black, tarry or bloody stools
7. White, rice-like sections stuck to your cat’s rear-end or in her bedding
Your vet will probably recommend a chemically derived oral or topical treatment to get rid of these cat parasites. Many cat owners are choosing to go the natural route with remedies like wormwood (Artemisia Absinthinium). This herb is often used to treat parasitic infestations in cats and should be considered as a possible remedy to provide your cat much needed relief from her cat worm symptoms.
If you think your cat has tape worms, roundworms or hookworms, you can choose to treat her naturally at home with gentle remedies including wormwood extract. Its easy to administer, just a pinch of the remedy in her food a couple of times each day for 3 – 5 weeks. Its recommended to repeat the process every 2 or 3 months especially for outdoor cats who have more opportunity to get worms from birds, mice and other rodents.