How to De-worm a Newborn Kitten

Most newborn kitties contract worms from their mother's milk.

Most newborn kitties contract worms from their mother's milk.

It's not little Fluffy's fault. She was just minding her own business and enjoying mommy's milk, which is where she picked up those nasty worms. Most kittens have intestinal parasites, and although they're not pleasant, they're easily treatable with medication. Your kitty should begin treatment at two to three weeks.

See a veterinarian to determine the type of worms your kitty has and receive the proper medication. Never attempt to diagnosis the kitty yourself and buy over-the-counter medication. Over-the-counter drugs can be dangerous and not be the correct treatment for your cat.

Trim your fingernails to prevent scratching inside your kitty's mouth while administering the de-worming medication.

Place your kitty on a table or counter. Gently cradle her little body with your non-dominant arm. For example, if you're left-handed, use your right arm.

Hold the cat's head with your non-dominant hand. Place your thumb and middle fingers on opposite sides of her mouth. Apply just enough pressure to your kitty's lips until they push against her teeth and she begins opening her mouth.

Grasp the deworming capsule or pill between the index finger and thumb of your dominant hand. Press the middle finger of that same hand against your kitty's lower jaw to open her mouth even wider. Rest another finger on her bottom incisors to prevent it from closing. Point her chin upwards. Put the medication on her tongue toward the back of her throat.

Close your kitty's mouth. Rub her throat and blow lightly on her nose to encourage swallowing.

Give your kitty a treat for being such a good little girl and taking her medicine. .

Tip

  • It may take multiple treatments of deworming medication to complete rid your kitten of worms.

Warning

  • Never crush the pill and try to hide it in food or liquid. Most medications are bitter and could turn the kitty against all future food. Pills have coatings that often serve to release the medication over time, and destroying them could make the treatment less effective.
 

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