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Cat Worm Symptoms
Getting To Know Cat Worms

Does your Persian have cat worm symptoms

Ever wonder if you would  recognize cat worm symptoms in your cat?  Here are some tips to clue you in that your cat is infested by these parasites.  Its important to knock 'em out  before they do him long term harm.

Cat worms are parasites and the most common ones are:  hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and cat heartworm.  You don't hear much about lungworms, but they can be a problem too.  Your vet or friends may recommend a prescription or over-the-counter solution, but you can opt for a natural approach to treating cat worms.

You should suspect that your cat has a parasite if he is exhibiting one or more of these symptoms...

  1. Black, tarry stools;
  2. Coughing;
  3. Wheezing or problems breathing;
  4. Frequent bouts of vomiting;
  5. Diarrhea;
  6. White, rice-like casings sticking around her anal area
  7. White pieces of casings around his anal area.

So let's say your cat just up and barfed a load of  load of half digested Whiskas along with something that looks like short pieces of spaghetti.  After you control your own bout of gagging, clean up the mess. You've just been introduced to your cat's roundworms.

Sneaky Symptoms

If you noticed wheezing - you may think he has a cold.  You should take your cat in for a check-up.  Your vet may find that lungworms are in his respiratory tract. Or worse, heartworms.

A cat infected by a cat heartworm may be gagging, coughing, have difficult breathing or vomiting. Or he may show no signs of cat worms - he may suddenly drop dead.

9 out of every 10 cats have some kind of internal worm at some point in their lives.  So its a pretty sure bet yours came pre-loaded with cat worms. If you haven't made it to the vet for a final diagnosis, monitor his stools in the litter box. A black, tarry or  bloody stool is a sure sign of a hookworm infection.

Cats that have an advanced case of roundworms may exhibit cat worm symptoms including serious diarrhea, frequent vomiting or both. Blood may be present in the the diarrhea and vomit.

Unfortunately, when your cat vomits he ends up swallowing some of the regurgitated roundworms.  Is that just too gross?

All cat worms are parasites; they suck blood. Cats and kittens are candidates for anemia. A more tragic health threat is an impacted intestinal tract - your kitten's intestines packed with a mass of roundworms.

Tapeworms aren't as devastating to your cat's health as some of the other parasites. You can recognize these cat worm symptoms too. Take a look at his anal area. Do you see small, white, rice-like segments? Well, its not rice - its a segment of tapeworm.


Its likely your vet will suggest a synthetic treatment for getting rid of your cat's worms. However, many cat owners are opting for more natural treatments using herbal remedies.

Artemisia absinthinium (also called Wormwood) has been used for centuries as a tonic to for the digestive tract.  It is very preventing cat worms. This herb is widely used in homeopathic practices to treat cat parasites. Consider natural remedies as a viable option to purge your cat's parasites and free him of debilitating cat worm symptoms.

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