Cat roundworm infection, but very common, are generally less serious than other worms in cats. If your cat has, but he or she should be treated. Your veterinarian will kitten to the first check-ups, and generally treat kittens even if they test negative. If you see a cat from a shelter, ask about their policy deworming, and when you return for further treatment. Then the test should be done once a year in your cat's annual check-up.
Here are seven important points concerning the cat roundworm.
1. How your cat gets it - Roundworms start infiltrating your cat's body by getting into the oral tract. This can happen by eating infected prey, or by coming into contact with eggs in the soil. This makes outdoor cats are more susceptible, especially hunting. Kittens can contract the worm from their infected mothers. Activate dormant worm during pregnancy and sometimes make their way into the mammary gland.
2. Roundworms are common - almost all kittens have roundworms, and even if they test negative, are usually treated. Although most cases are not serious, roundworms in kittens is dangerous and if left untreated can cause death.
3. What it is - the Cornell Feline Health Center tells us that cats roundworms (Toxascaris leonina and Toxocara cati) are the most common of the cat intestinal parasites. The estimated infection rates are 25% to as high as 75% (higher in kittens).
4. Adult roundworms described with thin tube like bodies resemble strands of spaghetti - when you see them. I know it's not very attractive, but you do not normally see unless your cat vomits them up, which is not very attractive. They are white or cream-like color.
5. Where they go once inside - unlike hookworms and some others, roundworms no tissue feeders. They do not respect the inner intestinal wall, but free swimming in the intestine of the cat. Life cycle is different for Toxascaris and Toxocara. T. leonina directly to the intestine and takes two to three months to mature. T. cati, on the other hand, migrate through the tissue wall on the way down into the lungs through the throat and back into the intestines.
6. What happens now - Female roundworms lay eggs in the bowels of your cat, your cat and give them in the stool. It may take several weeks or a month for them to be infected. When they develop into the infective larval stage, they may remain infectious for years.
7. Preventing infections - deworming women before pregnancy would make sense, except that the drug has no effect on dormant worms again during pregnancy, just in time to infect kittens. The worm population is required with your cat and keep him or her in, and control of pests. Cats at greatest risk are those roaming and hunting.
Roundworm infections are relatively favorable compared with other intestinal parasites that your cat may encounter. Actually, a cat looks perfectly healthy and still have a mild case of roundworms.
You should note that there may be life-threatening cases of cat roundworms. This can happen if the worm population is large enough to clog the intestinal tract. Kittens are particularly affected by their small size and developing immune system and may be in grave danger if left untreated. Similarly, older cats and adult cats with a weakened immune system or other debilitating diseases in danger.