How to Get Rid of Roundworms in Kittens

Roundworms grow in your kitten's intestines.
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Toxicara cati or Toxascaris leonina, commonly called roundworms, are picked up by kittens and adult cats during everyday play. Signs your kitten is infected include symptoms of a belly ache, like vomiting worms, diarrhea and ascites, or swelling of the abdomen. Although death is not common with roundworms, getting rid of them helps ensure your baby stays healthy and grows properly.

Step 1

Weigh your kitten. Kitchen scales are an easy way to get an accurate weight. Remember, this is important because the treatment is based on weight. This helps you give him enough medication to be effective and not too much to make him sicker.

Step 2

Buy an oral over-the-counter roundworm medication containing an approved treatment formula for kittens, such as Pyrantel paomate, Albendazole or Mebendazole. These formulas kill roundworms but don't harm the baby's sensitive digestive system.

Step 3

Put the medication on your kitten's food by following the instructions on the label. Use the measuring cup included with the medicine. A soft, canned food helps you trick him into taking the medicine.

Step 4

Finish the recommended dosage. Don't stop giving the medicine too early or give it longer than directed. This helps clear up the roundworms. Remember though, it doesn't prevent her from getting them again.

Step 5

Repeat the process two or three weeks after the initial treatment to ensure no remaining larva mature. After all, it helps your little kitty mature into a healthy cat.

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