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Whipworms in Cats

Trichuriasis in Cats

 

Cats transmit whipworms (Trichuris trichiura) into their system through ingestion of infested matter. Able to live in an environment anywhere from a few months to a few years, whipworm eggs can be present in soil, food, and water, as well as in feces and animal flesh. They can also be contracted from other animals. Additionally, whipworms infect cats of any age.

 

Whipworms can affect both dogs and cats. If you would like to learn more about how this disease affects dogs, please visit this page in the PetMD health library.

 

Symptoms and Types

 

A whipworm infection may present itself as a large bowel inflammation or bloody diarrhea, or it may be asymptomatic. Other symptoms commonly associated with a whipworm infection include dehydration, anemia, and weight loss. It is worth noting that symptoms may begin prior to any visual evidence of whipworm eggs.

 

Causes

 

Cats contract whipworms by ingesting infested or contaminated matter (e.g., food, water, flesh).

 

Diagnosis

 

The veterinarian will confirm the diagnosis by conducting the fecal flotation procedure on a stool sample. If parasitic eggs or whipworms are present, they will float to the surface of the glass slide.

 

Treatment

 

Treatment is generally done on an outpatient basis; your veterinarian will prescribe medication to destroy both the worms and larvae living within the cat's body.

 

Living and Management

 

A follow-up examination is advised to confirm that all eggs have been exterminated from the animal's system. This is generally accomplished by performing a fecal examination.

 

Prevention

 

Other than properly sanitizing your pet's area, the best way to prevent a whipworm infection is to avoid placing your cat in closed or crowded quarters with other animals.

 

 

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