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Roundworm Prevention for Dogs and Cats

The most effective method of controlling roundworms is by treatment and prevention.

One way to prevent roundworms is to give your pet medication every month for two weeks. They need the medication until they are four months old. This medicine will protect your kitten from roundworms and other worms such as hookworms and tapeworms.

You should take the following actions to avoid contracting roundworm infections:

  • Initially, keep your cat inside, as this will reduce their exposure to a range of animals.
  • Keep dogs and cats away from areas where there are a lot of rodents.
  • Maintain a clean yard free of cat feces. Feces can draw rodents that are carrying roundworm eggs onto your property.
  • Clean up your dog’s feces immediately. Use gloves to avoid contact with fecal matter.
  • Avoid giving your cat raw meat since it could make them more susceptible to roundworms.
  • Keep your kitten indoors until it is at least four months old after you get one.
  • Take your cat to the vet for regular checkups.
  • After working with animals that may have roundworm eggs on their fur (such as kittens), wash your hands.
  • Ensure your cat’s vaccinations are up to date.
  • Maintain your cat’s living area clean and free from feces.
  • Keep kids and other pets away from the cat’s litter box.

How Contagious Are Roundworms?

Yes! Roundworms are contagious. Your cat may contract roundworms if it comes into contact with another animal that has them. They can remain contagious for months and are also found in the feces of cats. Additionally, a dog or cat that comes into contact with the excrement may become infected.

How Do Cats Get Roundworms?

The most common way cats contract roundworms is by ingesting the eggs. This can happen when they play with contaminated soil and grass, or if they come into contact with rodents carrying the roundworm larvae.

For kittens, the main way that roundworms spread is through milk-borne infections. An infected mother’s mammary glands contain larvae, which are immature worms. Later on, through her milk, it is transferred to the kittens.

Roundworms can infect cats and kittens through an unintentional host. Any animal in the area where roundworm eggs are present can serve as an unintentional host. In most cases, the host stays unaffected. Rather, the eggs are passed to the cat by way of its excrement. It can occur when your pet consumes an affected animal’s tissue, completing the animal’s life cycle.

The eggs hatch in the gastrointestinal tract of the host when the cat (or dog) consumes it. And the larvae travel through the tissue to different organs like the liver and lungs. After that, they go back into the intestines to lay eggs, which are released through the stool of the dog or cat.

There is no direct contact between cats and roundworms. On the other hand, eating excrement, contaminated soil, or an animal can expose oneself to the infection.


What does it mean when a cat throws up a worm?

If you see roundworms in the vomit, this is a sign that they have a severe infection. You will need to get them checked by their vet immediately and dewormed! It also means that other organs like the liver or lungs are also infected (or damaged). In addition, the larvae often result in vomiting up of the roundworms.

Can I catch roundworms from my cat?

Can roundworms and hookworms infect people? Yes. These worms, like other infections that humans can get from animals, are called zoonotic (zoe-o-NOT-ick) infections or zoonoses (zoe- o-NO-sees). By learning about these infections and how to prevent them, you can help protect your pets, yourself, and your family.

What kills roundworms in cats?

There are several medications for treating roundworm in cats, including fenbendazole, emodepside, milbemycin, piperazine, moxidectin, selamectin, and pyrantel.