If you want a healthy cat and protected from the pathological action of parasites in the environment, its external deworming becomes a mandatory periodic action.
Next you will be able to find out how external deworming is done correctly in cats and why it is so important for their health.
Why is external deworming important in cats?
One of the reasons I recommend regular external deworming is that a regularly externally dewormed cat is less at risk of developing a hypersensitivity reaction to flea bites than an externally dewormed cat.
Another good reason to deworm the cat externally is that fleas can be a vector for various diseases. Thus, many diseases can be transmitted through its sting. For example: Haemobartonella felis – bacterium, causes haemobartonellosis, affects red blood cells.
It doesn’t matter that your cat does not leave the house and based on this reason do not deworm it externally. You are an important vector because you can carry eggs and flea larvae on the soles of your shoes.
What type of products do we use for external deworming in cats?
Choosing the right product can be a real challenge. There are a multitude of products on the market, in various pharmaceutical forms such as pipettes, collars, chewable tablets, sprays, shampoos, etc. The product will be chosen according to the cat’s age, weight, physiological condition (eg pregnancy, lactation) and the environment in which the cat lives. In the case of cats in the outdoor environment, the use of a collar is contraindicated, they can cling and thus suffocation. An external deworming can be called periodic only if it takes place monthly.
An extremely important aspect that should not be neglected in the process of external deworming of your cat is the fact that you should never use products intended exclusively for dogs (especially products that contain permethrin as active substances).
How to correctly apply the treatment for external deworming?
- In the case of chicks weighing less than 500 g and under 6 weeks of age, it is recommended that external deworming be done manually with the help of a comb with very close teeth. There are selamectin-based products specifically for puppies, but they can be used after the age of 6 weeks and after the animal has exceeded 500g in weight.
- Pipettes (spot-on solutions) – usually applied interscapular, behind the neck. This way the cat cannot lick itself instead of applying it.
- The tablets – easy to administer, they are palatable, are especially recommended for cats undergoing various therapeutic shampoos.
- Collars – are applied around the neck, so that there is a distance of about “a finger” between the cat’s skin and the collar. Wide collars will not work. I recommend the use of a pipette or tablet in the case of collars, for 100% protection.
- Sprays – applied by spraying on the animal’s skin. These, compared to pipettes or tablets, have a much shorter period of action.
- Shampoos are not considered the right choice for cats, but they can be used for massive flea infestations.
In order to increase the effectiveness of external deworming, disinsection in the environment can be carried out periodically. But be careful! The product used for disinsection will not be able to be used on your cat’s fur.
A healthy and happy cat is an externally dewormed cat! If cats are properly externally dewormed, no bite is dangerous!