The best wormer for cats will always depend on the individual cat. Natural wormers are becoming more popular as they are thought to be better for the animal. If you are worried about the chemicals that are found in normal worming medicines then a natural wormer is an option to consider. As with all medicines, it is always a good idea to consult your vet before giving your cat any new medication.
Intestinal roundworms are the most common intestinal parasites in cats and occur in cats of all ages throughout the world. The two common roundworms of cats are called, Toxocara cati and Toxascaris leonina. Eggs from these worms are passed in the faeces and can remain viable in the environment for several years. These eggs can infect other cats in two ways. First, a cat may eat (ingest) eggs directly from a contaminated environment. Second, if another animal eats the eggs (eg, a mouse or rat), these can act as ‘intermediate hosts’ and pass on the infection to a cat if it preys on (and eats) the infected intermediate host.
While young kittens are more at risk, cats of all ages can become infected. A simple encounter with another infected animal or flea can immediately trigger an infestation in an otherwise healthy cat. Kittens are at a high risk as pests can be passed through a nursing mother’s milk, while adult outdoor cats may need dewormers after hunting infected small animals. Because untreated infestations can be detrimental to a cat, it’s important to recognize the symptoms as soon as possible. Once detected, these parasites can be treated with cat wormers or cat worm medicines.