Worms are parasites found in the gut of your cat. Roundworms look like pieces of string, tapeworms like grains of rice. While few pets actually pass live worms, most excrete eggs, which are too small to be seen with the naked eye. These eggs can lay dormant in the environment for up to three years, waiting for an unsuspecting child to touch the ground and then put their fingers into their mouth. The most likely places for this to occur would be playgrounds and parks. Another common source is your cat's coat, particularly around its bottom.

Worm eggs and larvae are picked up from the ground where infected faeces have been left. During grooming, your cat ingests these eggs or larvae. Hunting cats are particularly at risk – small mammals and birds are a common source of tapeworms.

There are a variety of treatments available on the market for both fleas and worms. Our advice to you is to use a veterinary specific product. This is because a large proportion of treatments that are available in pet shops and supermarkets only have a limited effect. In some cases, they can even cause serious side effects. All flea and worm treatments from your vets are licensed and are a lot more effective – making them much better value for money in the long run!

If you’re unsure about which product you need, please speak to any of our Pet Healthcare Nurses, who’ll be able to advise you or even administer the treatment for you.

Cat fleas – the facts!

Flea bites to cats cause discomfort and irritation, and can lead to skin infections. Fleas can also bite you and your family, as well as causing health problems for your pet, including transmitting tapeworms! It’s important to treat not only the affected pet, but all pets in the household. Fleas spend a lot of time living in soft furnishings, such as your carpets, sofa, curtains and bedding. It’s just as important to treat your house with a household spray that will kill any eggs and larvae. These products can also be picked up from your local surgery.

With mild infestation, your cat may still appear healthy. However ,a heavy worm burden can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, weight loss and can weaken your cat’s immune system, making it more susceptible to infection. Roundworm eggs can cause blindness in children