Do I need to worm my indoor cat?

Do I need to worm my indoor cat?

Do I need to worm my indoor cat?

If your Feline Master is an indoor-only-dweller, their risk from worms is less than the risk for cats who have outside access. This is because outside cats are more likely to hunt (and eat) prey which are carriers for parasites, and more likely to be exposed to worm eggs in the faeces of contaminated pets, either in their own garden or elsewhere if they roam.

However, it is still recommended that indoor cats receive regular worming and other parasite control. Some reasons for this include:

  • if there are dogs in the household, they can still pick up worm eggs from the outside environment and subsequently contaminate the home
  • human family members can bring in worm eggs on their shoes
  • prey can sometimes find their way into the home and be eaten by resident cats (dial-a-mouse-entrée with free delivery)
  • mosquitoes can find their way into the home and transmit heartworm
  • fleas can get into the home (via dogs or humans) and transmit tapeworm

Therefore, unless your family cat lives in a sterile, impenetrable bubble, they are still at risk of worms while living inside. Worming prevention is inexpensive, and with many options available for easy administration and with the availability of combination parasite prevention products, there’s really no reason not to ensure those creepy crawlies don’t turn your feline friend into their new home and buffet feast.


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