How Do Indoor Cats Get Worms? You’ll Never Guess

Did you know that just watching videos of cats at play can make you more energetic and boost your mood? Of course, the benefits of having a real cat as a household companion are even better — cats can lower our risk of heart attacks, provide solace when we grieve, and even help us get a better night’s sleep.

In return for these perks, you do everything to keep your pet safe and healthy, and so it’s alarming to discover during your litter-changing duties that your cat has worms. If your feline is an indoor kitty, it may be confusing too. 

So how do indoor cats get worms? Let’s take a look.

Other Cats

If you own a cat who goes outdoors, he can easily pick up parasites — and just as easily bring them into the house, where your indoor kitty can also get infected.

Roundworms, tapeworms and other parasites can be spread through sharing food bowls or litterboxes.

How do Indoor Cats get Worms from Humans?

Believe it or not, parasites can be spread through contact with humans, too! Worms’ eggs can be dormant for months, and it’s easy to track them into the house, particularly on your shoes.

Most health experts recommend removing your shoes before entering the house, if possible, or at the very least taking them off as soon as you come in.

This will not only reduce the dirt and debris you’ll have to clean, but will also reduce the bacteria, mold spores, worm eggs, and other nasty stuff you track in.

Household Pests

Just because she stays indoors doesn’t mean that your cat’s hunting instinct is curbed. If you’ve ever woken up to find a “present” of a dead mouse next to the bed, you know that cats can’t resist their predatory impulses.

If your cat catches mice and then chows down on them, you may have to worry about worms. Both rodents and insects like cockroaches can carry the eggs of roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.

Additionally, mosquitoes and ticks can transmit worm eggs. Especially during tick season, check everyone who comes in from the outdoors carefully. This includes your dogs!

Another good way to keep your kitty safe from insects of all kinds is to use flea products for cats.

Signs of Worms

You asked, “How do indoor cats get worms?” and now you know, but you’ll also need be aware of the symptoms.

Here’s a checklist of conditions and issues to look out for:

  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mucus or blood in the stool
  • A bloated abdomen or pot-bellied appearance

Unfortunately, the symptoms of parasite infections are often hard to discern from the symptoms of other health issues in cats. And some cats who are infected with worms show no symptoms at all.

That’s why it’s important to take preventative action to ensure that your indoor cats aren’t susceptible in the first place.

Seek a Vet’s Advice

However, if your kitty does come down with a case of worms, get her medical attention.

Your veterinarian or local clinic can evaluate your kitty to see if she has worms and advise you regarding treatment.

Want more information about your cat’s health and how to treat her right?

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