Thursday, August 11, 2022

Cat Parasites – Who Else Wants to Know About Pot Bellied Cats?

The vet confirmed your newly adopted kitten wasn’t pregnant, but she was was loaded with cat parasites. Here’s how to help free her of this cat worm mess.

Its been a few days since you first saw the abandoned calico running away from her hiding place in the garage You caught her attention by offering her a can of cat food which she promptly inhaled. Starving yes, she was, but you couldn’t help notice that she had a big pot belly.

A quick test by your vet which confirmed that she was loaded with cat parasites. There are two types of cat worms: roundworms and tapeworms. Just in case you’re wondering, the details of this article probably would not make good dinner conversation!

Roundworm cat worms are most common in kittens. Kittens contract roundworms through their mother’s milk; the mother usually becomes contaminated with these cat worms via contaminated soil.

Kittens with roundworms usually have enlarged pot bellies. Roundworms look like cooked spaghetti and can appear in vomit or poo. Sorry for that detailed description, but it’s all part of being a responsible kitty caregiver, right?

Most kittens are born with roundworm cat parasites. All kittens should get a vet checkup to see if deworming medication is necessary. Oftentimes kittens need to take deworming medication for several months to get rid of cat parasites. In fact, you should consider putting your cat on a regular program to keep her free of the creeps.

Tapeworms are most common in adult cats. The cat ingests a flea while grooming; the flea has a tapeworm inside it. Outdoor cats may contract these cat parasites by eating raw flesh from prey such as small animals or fish.

OK, if you thought the roundworm description was gross, brace yourself for the tapeworm description! Tapeworm parasites are approximately one-fourth inch long. You may see them moving about in the fur surrounding your cat’s anus. You may also see what looks like dried up grains of rice in areas where your cat sleeps; these are pieces of dead tapeworms.

Tapeworm cat worms also signify that your kitty has a flea infestation. So when you visit the vet, you’ll probably need a deworming medication to get rid of the cat parasites and a flea medication to stop the cycle.

Although its rare, sometimes cats have reactions to prescribed medications that treat cat worms. Symptoms include shaking, poor coordination, vomiting and diarrhea. If your cat experiences these symptoms after taking a over-the-counter dewormer, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Many anglers, especially those who are new to fishing, wonder what the best live baits to use when fishing are. In this article I will outline some of the best live baits to use when fishing in various fishing scenarios. Are these baits the only live baits that can be used when fishing? Of course not, but they are some of the more popular, effective, and readily available live baits that can be employed when fishing.

All of the live baits being outlined in this article are for the freshwater angler who likes to catch species of fish such as trout, bass, walleye, crappie, and the like. If you are a saltwater angler, these live baits will be of little use to you. These live baits are effective when fishing for freshwater fish such as the ones listed above.

Note: Professional Lawn Care operators and green keepers in Australia must be licenced / registered (with the APVMA – Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority) to be able to purchase Professional Lawn Care pesticides including herbicides and insecticides. This licence includes the ChemCert licence which must be updated every 5 years.

For the Do-It-Yourself Homeowner – Lawn Care herbicides and insecticides are available at retail outlets, however, the success compared with what is available to Professional operators is somewhat limited.

When controlling Lawn Insect pests including Lawn Grubs, the retail insecticide products (in liquid form) are inferior as they are photo-degradable (meaning the liquid insecticide breaks down in sunlight). The way around this is to apply the product in the twilight of the day.

For lawn eating caterpillars such as lawn armyworm, the best Professional insecticide to apply is a granular insecticide (the active constituent is Bifenthrin and the insecticide carrier is sand). The granular insecticide needs to be activated by watering and being granular there is no risk of photo-degradation. This particular product is bullet proof in its control of army worm and sod web worm.

For lawn pests such as Curl Grub, the best Professional insecticide is Merit (the active constituent is Imidacloprid) and when watered in the insecticide is soil borne for up to 3 months. When timed and applied correctly, the Curl Grub and Black Beetle population and Life cycle are completely eradicated.

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