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4 alternative worming methods for cats and a brief guide to understanding worming treatments
It is quite common for cat owners to avoid worming their cat as often as they should because of the stress of administering the drug for both cat and owner. Cats pick up on your behaviour when you’re about to do something they might not like and will often respond by making themselves scarce - if you are nervous or stressed this will exacerbate the situation.
Fortunately there are many different types of cat wormers available for you to experiment with to see which one your cat objects to the least. It is also advisable to speak with your veterinarian who will be able to demonstrate the most effective way of administering worming treatments to your cat.
Nowadays there are many worming treatments available, the majority of which are available in flavoured varieties and in ‘treat’ form focused on improved palatability.
Worming treatments are available in:
- Flavoured paste such as Panacur SA Paste
- Flavoured and chewable tablets
- Flavoured "treat" form
- Liquid suspension form Panacur 2.5% Suspension
- There are now spot-on all-worming treatments available on prescription from your vet (not available for dogs).
If you find your cat will not tolerate one specific worming method, keep trying alternatives until you find one your cat will tolerate. Alternatively there are some tricks which may aid in getting your cat to swallow the de-wormer.
Alternative worming methods
- Crushing the worming tablet and mixing into strong smelling food
- Disguise the medicine in a treat such as Feline Tab pockets
- Use a ‘pill giver’ such as the Mikki Pill Gun
- Follow the paste or liquid suspension with a treat such as a piece of meat to encourage the cat to swallow
Kittens should be trained from an early age to be comfortable with swallowing tablets. Training can be achieved by using vitamin tablets embedded in cat treats or specific treats designed to aid in the administration of tablets such as Feline Tab pockets.