It is perfectly normal for cats to vomit occasionally. However, there are some warning signs that speak for an illness. If your cat vomits worms, it is very likely that they are worms. We’ll explain what it’s all about and how you can help your cat quickly.
Cat Pukes Worms: Why?
If your cat vomits worms, it means that it has worm disease. These are parasites that are ingested by the cat directly or via intermediate hosts. The worms spread in the cat and cause more or less severe symptoms, for example, loss of appetite, weight loss, loss of fur, diarrhea, blood in the feces, and vomiting.
When worms vomit, there is usually a strong worm infestation.
Cat Vomits White Worms or Roundworm
There are different types of worms that can live as parasites in cats. Depending on the type of worm, the parasites stay in the intestines of the diseased animal or spread further through the body. The worms or their eggs are ingested primarily through the consumption of infected prey, especially mice. But worms can also be transmitted through cat feces.
If your cat vomits worms, it is likely to have contracted one of the three most common types of worms:
- Tapeworms are transmitted through intermediate hosts such as mice or fleas. They can be recognized by their rather flat, string-like shape.
- Roundworms hatch from their eggs in the cat’s intestines. In the vomit, the worms look similar to spaghetti.
- Hookworms live in the intestines and feed on the host’s blood. They look very similar to the white roundworms.
Cat Vomits Worms: What to Do?
If your cat is showing symptoms of worm infestation or your pet is vomiting worms, it is important to take action. The parasites deprive the animal of important nutrients and can lead to unpleasant consequences such as anemia, internal bleeding, organ damage, and a weakened immune system. Malnutrition and severe weight loss can also result from untreated worm disease.
Have the cat dewormed regularly
The uninvited guests can easily be got rid of with a worming cure. To do this, give your cat a drug, usually in tablet form, that kills the parasites and drives them out of your four-legged friend’s body. Your veterinarian can tell you which wormer is right for your cat.
Especially outdoor animals should be dewormed regularly.
Free-roaming cats have an increased risk of infection from intermediate hosts and contamination in nature. However, indoor cats can also be affected by a worm infestation. If your house cat vomits worms, it may have caught worm eggs on your shoes.