by Tom Poes
Question by k2k: Cat health questions? Worms?
-I have 2 cats both male
-Both are fixed
-One is about 3 years old
-The other is about 6 or 7 months
-Both are up to date on shots
-Both were strays that I took in as kittens
Anyways the younger male cat, critter, has worms. I’m going to get pills to worm him from my vet, who is pretty good about cost and everything, but how often should he be wormed? He was wormed in January when he got his shots. Since he is an indoor/outdoor cat (They both go outside and come in and sleep in my bed with me at night) should he be wormed monthly? I don’t want to ask the vet I go to and him tell me yes, when it isn’t necessary.
Do I give them flea treatments monthly as well?
Also my cat Critter (the younger one) who just got fixed has been beating up my other cat Apollo (who is about 3 years old), I thought that getting him fixed might make him calm down a little more, which it has in every other way. Is there anything I can do about this? Apollo doesn’t fight back and I am not always around to break it up.
Anything else I should know in general about cat health?
Answer by ♥Pretty♥ ♥Kitty♥
Cats get tapeworm from ingesting fleas when they groom themselves. fleas can come in on your shoes so even indoor cats need to have monthly flea treatments. A fecal exam should be part of your cat’s annual well-cat exam. If you notice symptoms of worms before then, you can usually run a fecal sample by the vet for testing without having to bring the cat in.
Since both your cats are neutered males, they should be eating a diet of high quality wet food. Neutered males have a higher risk of developing urinary tract issues so they need the extra moisture wet food incorporates into their diet. They also need a good food that doesn’t contain lots of grain fillers, corn, or meat by-products.
Be aware that outdoor cats have a shorter lifespan than indoor only cats. You can’t watch your cats when they go out so they will eventually come up missing or you will find them dead. I don’t want to sound harsh, but that’s the fact. Luck will carry some cats longer than others but it will eventually happen. Unless you keep them inside, you should prepare yourself for the day it happens.
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