Parasite Screening and Prevention
Cats are likely to become infected with parasites at some point in their lives. If left undetected and untreated, they will affect a cat’s well-being – from simply being irritating to causing a variety of life-threatening conditions. Some parasites can even infect and transmit disease to humans, with children being an especially vulnerable target!
Parasites don’t discriminate; both indoor and outdoor cats are at risk. When it comes to parasitic illness, it's always better to prevent than to treat. That's why City Cat Doctor recommends annual testing for intestinal parasites.
A common mistake is for a client to think that if their cat has normal stool and if no worms are seen, then there are no parasites; however microscopic analysis of your cat's stool sample is necessary for an accurate determination - which is why we ask for a stool sample at your cat's annual (or semi-annual) visit.
Early detection of parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms and giardia is vital to successful treatment. Some of the symptoms of parasitic illness include: diarrhea, decreased appetite, poor hair coat, vomiting and weight loss or "pot belly" appearance. The presence of these symptoms is neither a confirmation nor indication of a parasitic infection. The only way diagnosis can be made is through fecal testing, and at that point an appropriate treatment or preventive program can be prescribed. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (www.capcvet.org) recommends the following intestinal parasite testing schedule:
• Kittens: 2-4 times/year
• Adult Cats (Not Taking Broad Spectrum Preventative Medication): 2-4 times/year
• Adult Cats (Taking Broad Spectrum Preventative Medication): 1-2 times/year