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How Much Does Deworming a Cat Cost?

$ $ Deworming Treatment: $50 - $150

The term ‘worms’ might be upsetting when talking about your pet, but they represent a real danger for your cat and yourself.

Worms are parasites that live in the intestinal system, causing major problems in a cat’s organism.

As parasites, they live thanks to the nutrients they acquire through their host, in this case, a cat.

This will affect the cat’s nutrition, intestines, and overall health, and if it’s not taken care of in time, it could end up causing long-term health issues.

But is it necessary to deworm your cat? What are the symptoms of a cat that has worms? How much are you expected to pay for deworming your cat?

Let’s discuss these questions next.

Should I Deworm My Cat?

There’s no doubt about it: you must deworm your cat.

Whether you have a small kitten or an adult cat, deworming is essential for the wellbeing of your cat and your home.

Parasites can also affect people, so it’s something you must keep in mind.

Cats should be dewormed when they’re still kittens, starting as soon as they’re 2 weeks old.

Your veterinarian will check for parasites in your first visit with your kitten and he or she will establish a schedule to properly deworm your cat in the future.

If you get your cat from a shelter, they probably already took care of the initial deworming treatment.

How Do I Know If My Cat Has Worms?

Cats can be pretty good at hiding discomfort or pain, so it’s not always easy to notice whether they’re sick or not.

But there are a few signs that can help you detect if your cat has parasites: lethargy, weight loss, potbelly or bloated stomach, vomit, and diarrhea.

When the infection is serious, you might even see worms in the cat’s feces or vomit.

The vet will always check on your cat’s appointments for worms.

But if you suspect your cat is infected, you should take it to the vet as soon as possible.

How Do Cats Get Worms?

There are different ways in which a cat can get worms: in its mother’s womb, ingesting fleas while it’s grooming itself, eating infected rodents, birds, or reptiles, having contact with an infected animal’s feces, and by simply going outside and walking on an infected area and then grooming itself.

The most common types of parasites that affect cats are hookworms, tapeworms, and roundworms.

How Much Does Cat Deworming Cost?

Initial deworming treatment for your kitten could cost from $50 to $150.

The price will be determined by how much the vet charges for the parasite diagnosis test, the type of parasite your cat has, and the duration of the treatment.

Some deworming medications can cost from $10 to even $200.

Another aspect you should consider is the medication your cat should take monthly or at least every three months, to prevent it from getting fleas and worms.

Your vet will advise you on how frequently this treatment has to be and which medication your cat should take.

How Can I Prevent My Cat From Getting Worms?

The most effective way from preventing your cat from getting parasites, is to commit to continuous treatment, whether it’s monthly, bimonthly, or trimestral.

This will prevent your cat from getting fleas and worms, as well.

Regular check-ups at the vet, keeping the litter box and floors clean, and also deworming any additional pets that you have in your house are other ways to prevent your cat from getting parasites.

Indoor cats can get infected with worms, but they’re much less likely, so if your cat spends most of its time outdoors, you should consider changing this dynamic for its and your health.

Alessandra Spaziani Lara
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