What Needs To Be Done
Worming your kitten is very important. Most kittens have worms and can be affected by them in a variety of ways. They can cause anemia, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and bloating of the stomach.
Other common signs of worms are that your kitten may become disinterested in food and start losing weight, or not gain additional weight. Worms can also cause symptoms that mimic upper respiratory infection and other diseases.
Worms are not always detected in the stool sample. Therefore it is always a good idea to ALWAYS treat for worms. The treatment prescribed by a veterinarian is harmless to the cat and may save you time and money.
Roundworms – There are several types of roundworms and one type of roundworm can produce blindness in children, although this is rare and can be easily prevented. Three doses of a de-worming substance supplied by your veterinarian that contains pyrantel pamoate is recommended to avoid this at 2, 4, and 6 weeks of age. At 6 weeks of age the kitten usually weighs 11/2 pounds and can be given a de-wormer such as Drontal that kills both round worms and tape worms.
Tapewprms – Are carried by fleas and are ingested by felines. Unless you know where your kitten has come from and that it was a flea free environment, kittens should be treated for tapeworms when they are 6 weeks of age or 11/2 pounds. It is thought that tapeworms are just an annoyance, but in kittens they can cause death if they are pervasive enough in the kittens system. Kittens can be de-wormed at earlier ages but only by a veterinary.