How do you deworm a cat? This is a very important question that every cat owner should know and understand the answer. The answer is that the cat will need to be given medication in order to kill the parasite. There are many over-the-counter medications that can be given to a cat. Dewormers are poisonous and should be used with caution. You should always consult a veterinarian before using any type or worm medicine on your cat.
The biggest reason that you should consult your veterinarian is that there are several different types of worms that can infest a cat. Not all worm medications work against all worms; this means that you need to know exactly what type of worm you are trying to kill in order to choose the right medication. For instance, the treatment and medication that is required to kill a tapeworm may not have any effect on other types of worms. Knowing what type of worms your cat has is half the battle, and a veterinarian can quickly determine the type of worm and the proper medication.
The next thing to know is that veterinarians have access to medications that are much more powerful and effective than anything you can purchase over-the-counter. Your veterinarian will also be able to instruct you on how to use the medication, what side effects to look for, and when to bring the cat back for a follow-up examination. As mentioned worm medications are poison, they are just given is dosages that will kill the parasites and not the cat.
You will see your cat have reactions to the medications, they may start vomiting or develop diarrhea. You veterinarian will explain what are normal reactions and abnormal reactions, and to bring the cat back in if you see any of the abnormal reactions. Be prepared to see dead or dying worms in your cats vomit or stool for a while.