Inside story on intestinal worms

Roundworm and hookworm are easily contracted and transferred, showing few symptoms while causing a range of health issues.

Inside Story on intestinal worms

The facts about roundworm and hookworm

  • They're easier to pick up than you think

    Transmission can be as simple as your cat grooming their feet, sniffing infected ground or sniffing the faeces of other infected animals, alongside interaction with infected animals and rodents. Once infected, a mother cat will often pass these worms through the milk.

  • Roundworm and hookworm are difficult to spot

    Once these intestinal parasites set up home in your cat, they tend to be quiet house guests. Without detection, they can stunt growth in kittens, cause anaemia, diarrhoea, vomiting and more extreme health issues like pneumonia.

  • They can be transmitted to humans

    Roundworm and hookworm eggs can be transmitted to humans through interaction with infected cat and their environment.

Tips for preventing intestinal worms

  • Dispose of cat faeces appropriately

    It's extremely important to dispose of cat faeces appropriately, from litter trays, yards and playgrounds. Once contaminated, an environment can sustain eggs for long periods.

  • Use Bravecto Plus for Cats

    Bravecto Plus for Cats provides long-lasting protection against heartworm, fleas and paralysis ticks as well as treatment of roundworm, hookworm and ear mites.

  • Maintain strict personal hygiene in adults and children

    Even if faeces are not visible, microscopic eggs can still be present. Avoid directly contacting potentially contaminated environments, and ensure all family members wash their hands thoroughly after playing outdoors or with pets.

Toxascaris leonina and Toxocara cati

These unwelcome guests are the most common intestinal parasites to take up residence inside our furry friends. It's believed almost all cats will be infected with them at some point, often as kittens, and because they're easy to catch in many different ways, they're harder to control without a strong defence. Ungracious as they are, these little squirmers can grow up to 12.5 cms long as adults, staying alive by stealing food from their host's intestines.

Ancylostoma tubaeforme and Uncinaria stenocephala

These thread-like worms are excellent at hide and seek, with their small size often making them hard to spot in animal waste. Known to live as long as cats do, the slender, slithery parasites attach to the lining of intestine walls where they feast on their host's blood, which doesn't just sound unpleasant - it also poses a real threat to the health and happiness of your cat, especially in kittens. Once they've made a home in a new host, they're ready to spread to other cats within 2-4 weeks.

Life cycle of a gastrointestinal worm+

Click through all stages of a grastro-intestinal worm life cycle to learn more.

The risks of leaving your cat untreated

Often playing the role of quiet house guests within a host, intestinal worms can be hard to spot. Keep a watchful eye out for tell-tale signs, and contact your local vet at the first sign of any symptoms .

  • Your cat isn't gaining weight, suffers from weightloss or diarrhoea
  • Their coat is dull or in poor condiiton
  • They appear pot-bellied, or have decreased appetite
  • They suffer from vomiting or lethargy
  • They have a cough

To ensure the ongoing health and happiness of your cat, the simplest and easiest way to treat against intestinal worms is a regular routine of Bravecto Plus for Cats.

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