Keep your cat free from pests like worms, fleas and ticks

Having pets in your home is fun, but preferably without additional residents in the form of insidious pests like fleas, ticks or worms. These minuscule insects and parasites lodge in your cat's skin or digestive system and cause all sorts of ailments and diseases. Prevention is better than cure and also very easy thanks to the numerous remedies available in pharmacies.

Fleas

  • What? Parasites that live in your cat's fur and feed on their host's blood.
  • Symptoms? If your cat seems to be scratching a lot, go looking for black dots close
  • Prevention? You can find pipettes with drops that you drip once a month onto your cat's neck. There are also injections (twice a year), or you can have your cat wear a flea collar. Should you suffer a real plague of fleas, there are also room sprays to combat the pests, as well as their eggs and larvae. Regular vacuuming is a must.
  • Cure? To do the job properly, stop by your vet for pipettes. Take special care to vacuum your cat's basket, chair and the other places where it spends its time. Fleas reproduce very fast, so immediate action is critical.

Vacuum your cat's basket, chair and the other places where it spends its time.

Ticks

  • What? A tick is a small, spider-like insect that sucks blood from your cat's skin. Ticks carry Lyme disease and other dangerous conditions.
  • Symptoms? Skin irritation is an alarm signal, look for a little ball-like swellings on the skin.
  • Prevention? Keep your cat out of tall grass and bushes. These are favourite habitats for ticks. If your cat frequently goes sneaking through the woods, check it weekly for tick bites and treat it preventively with a spray or tick band.
  • Cure? Remove the tick with with special tweezers you buy at the pharmacy. Grip the tick as close as possible to the skin and remove it with a twisting movement. Be careful to make sure no little bits of the tick remain under the skin. It is especially important to disinfect the area thoroughly after removing the tick.

Worms

  • What? Little parasites that live in the cat's digestive system. The most common types are roundworms, tapeworms, heartworms and hookworms.
  • Symptoms? Often you will notice nothing at all if your cat has worms. Sometimes you see bits of worm in the stools or your cat has diarrhoea, vomits, coughs or its coat goes dull.
  • Prevention? Deworm your cat four times a year. There are several remedies, from pills to chewable tablets. Good hygiene is also very important.
  • Cure? Visit your vet to determine the degree of infection and select the appropriate treatment.

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