Identifying the Need for Deworming
Ah yes, everyone’s favourite pet chore. One day you clean your cats’ box and discover little white chunks of what appear to be cooked spaghetti lodged in the feces, that is, until one starts to move.
You know then that it’s time to deworm your cats. If your veterinarian says that your cat doesn’t have anything particularly tough or nasty then he or she may recommend a regular schedule using commercial dewormers that can be found readily in any pet store. Your veterinarian may even have a good general purpose dewormer on hand for your use. Fortunately, there is a wide range of deworming medicines available on the market. Most are liquid or pill form.
Choosing the Right Dewormer for Your Cat
If you have only one cat, your task is relatively simple. Choose a dewormer that your cat will find acceptable if not palatable. Many liquid dewormers claim to be very tasty to cats. Unfortunately, many cats would vigorously disagree with that assessment.
In such a case, if you have access to a pill form of dewormer that your cat is willing to swallow, you’re in luck. If your cat won’t swallow pills without major mayhem breaking out and turns his nose up at every liquid dewormer you try, then you have a problem.
Challenges with Multiple Cats
If you have more than one cat, it can become even more of an issue. If your cats will happily take whatever you offer, then the only thing you have to worry about is keeping the greedy gutts from getting more than they should. But, If each of them has a different idea as to what is acceptable (or not) for deworming medicine, then you have a major headache.
Rather than cater to each cats whims and maintain a veterinary pharmacy worth of dewormers in your house or routinely running your finicky feline to the veterinarian every time they need deworming, you might try a different route. You will need a liquid deworming medicine and a syringe. Syringes are readily available in first aid section of your local pharmacy. You only need the section with the barrel and plunger. No needles are needed or should ever be used. Select one of the smaller sizes. Your cat won’t need large amounts of medicine at any one time.
Measure out the proper amount of dewormer for your cat into a measuring cup. A measuring cup usually comes in the package with a liquid dewormer. Take one of your syringes and place the open end (where the needle would normally attach) into the measuring cup and draw the medicine up into the barrel by pulling upward on the plunger. Try to get it all at one time. You could do this task by increments but trying to manage a squirming cat while refilling a syringe really is more difficult than it is worth.
Now restrain your cat gently and situate yourself so that you can hold the cat and use the syringe easily. It could require some experimentation to work out a suitable position for the both of you. If you keep one hand underneath the cats head and cradle his chin it will make this part of the task go more smoothly. Slide the end of the syringe a little bit into your cat’s mouth and slowly depress the plunger This will empty the medicine into your cat’s mouth slowly enough that they can readily swallow it without choking. Repeat for each cat.
Ensuring Each Cat Receives Proper Medication
Naturally, your cat will not be particularly pleased with this method. They may object rather strenuously. With repetition, however, you will become much more comfortable with the task. You don’t need to rush during this task. Take your time to discover what will work best for you and your cats. Your cats will become more accustomed to it despite themselves. This method will ensure that each cat, even the most finicky, gets the proper amount of medicine they need. And that, of course, is the whole reason for the entire exercise.
Responsible pet ownership starts at home. A regular routine of deworming is great for all animals.