Cats and some home remedies for deworming

Homemade Cat Dewormer how to make using Coconut Oil & Pumpkin Seeds and other essential oils. The process to deworm a cat at home using daily used items

Has your dear pet shown signs of loss of energy? Is less playful, prefers lying in the corner, and drags their bottom along the carpet. Chances are that worms afflict them. 

Infection with worms not only are significant irritants for the cat but if left untreated for long can cause anemia and intestinal blockage. It can also, in rare cases, be transferred to human beings and because of serious disease.

They can also be fatal in the long run.

Common types of worms are ringworms, tapeworms, and pinworms. They are picked up by your pet when it comes in contact with eggs and fecal matter. 

Roundworms are the most common type of worms. Your cat can pick them up for the area it is living in, or by ingesting small animals like mice. Infants can also pick up the larvae from mother’s milk.

There are active over the counter medications available for treatment.

It takes about 30-120 minutes for the dewormer to work. They typically eliminate the worms within a day. 

Cats should be dewormed every three months while kittens to be dewormed every two weeks until they age 12 weeks.

 Are there any home remedies available?

 The answer is yes. There are several like coconut Oil, Pumpkin seeds, essential oils, and apple cider vinegar are known to kill and eliminate worms from the feline system. Unlike over the counter drugs, they have other health benefits and have little side effects.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Is considered a divine fruit in Hinduism. It is considered to be clean and healthy. A large number of auspicious rituals is associated with it. Coconut oil is considered good for overall health and well being.

Can its benefits be passed on to the feline family?

Coconut oil is gaining in popularity with humans for things like cooking, hair care, and even as a. Externally it can be applied to deal with allergies, skin trouble, itchiness, and overall look of the coat.

If administered internally, it can help fight arthritis inflammation, bad breath, it can also improve the immune system, and overall stomach health. It can be used in the treatment of dermatitis.

How to administer Coconut Oil

Oil can be applied topically to the infected skin or can be administered orally. Care should be taken to give no more than 1/8th of a teaspoon initially. The dosage can be increased to 1/4th of a teaspoon.

Most cats can ingest coconut oil naturally. However, if your cat is a bit too picky., It can be induced to consume the oil mixed with some pungent cat food. 

Adding too much oil too fast can cause diarrhea, some cats may also be allergic to the oil.

 Are there any risks associated with coconut Oil?

Overuse should be avoided for all cats. Also cats with pancreatic inflammation can be sensitive to it. Coconut oil is rich in calories, hence it could also lead to overweight.

If your cat does not tolerate coconut oil, then fish oil in tandem with olive oil can be given. Fish oil such as salmon krill can be given but not applied topically; they don’t have the same effects as coconut oil. They lack anti-inflammatory effects of coconut oil.

 Trust your vets’ advice when in doubt, all cats are different and hence some fine-tuning is to be called for.

Another Remedy Apple Cider vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar

 Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic in nature. Applying a strong Apple Cider Vinegar solution topically to your cat can kill fleas, ringworms and mites. 

 Pumpkin Seeds.

Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitin, It paralyzes the worms and these worms are then eliminated from the system. It is an effective deworming agent in dogs as well as human beings.

How to administer it?

Pluck the seeds from the innards of the pumpkin let it air dry for a few days.  Let your mixture convert these seeds to the powder form.  Sprinkle the powder on the food of the cat’s favorite food.. Administer the powder for a few days. Or for even a couple of weeks. 

  • Pumpkin is a seasonal vegetable hence overuse can be easily avoided. 
  • Pumpkin seeds are rich in Omega -3, Omega -6, fatty acids and antioxidants.
  • They are good for overall health. They help reduce cholesterol in the blood and associated heart risk.

Essential Oils for cats is a highly controversial subject.  Veterinarians who use holistic practices are the best source of information on the subject. However, the is, Whenever in doubt over the efficacy of a particular oil, the golden rule is to dilute it. To up to 90% of its strength.  

Cats are allergic to most synthetically made products such as air freshener, household cleaners or carpet cleaners. They can also be allergic to some essential oils. So be careful when you apply these treatments.

Essential Tea Tree Oil

A native of Australia is a powerful agent against external parasites that can affect your cat. It ensures the nonrecurrence of future infestations. Add around 5 ml. of it to your cat’s shampoo and apply it to the cat’s body. Alternatively if your cat has skin problem it can be mixed with other base oils (sweet almond or argan oil) before applying it to the animal skin.

Unadulterated essential oils are a perfect solution to a host of diseases afflicting you and your feline partner. However, not all oils can be used on cats, so a certain amount of caution is warranted. 

 What are the oils I can opt for?

Please use only therapeutic grade oil backed by sound references.  Cat’s metabolize things differently than other animals.  They don’t have a liver enzyme which breaks P 450 class of compounds. The unbroken compound would be tucked in some part of the cat and would eventually lead to illness. Toxicity build over time can be fatal 

Here are a few signs of toxicity.

  • The digestive system would display imbalance.
  • The animal would appear confused and withdrawn.
  • Lack of energy and unwillingness to play.
  • Change in sleeping and eating habits.

What Essential Oils for Cats Can I Use?

Cats are sensitive to a certain group of chemicals called ketones and phenols that are available in oils They also react negatively to oils containing D-Limonene( a product typically found i8n Citrus fruits) and Alpha Pinene.

is a byproduct of d-limonene which is found in all citrus fruits and in many tree oils. The following is should be administered to cats in a highly diluted form.

Here are a few examples of oils containing more than 8% Phenols:  Anise, Basil, Fennel, Oregano, Clove, Thyme, Tea Tree, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg

Examples of Oils with more than 20% Ketones: Sage, peppermint, Dill, Tansy, Idaho, and spearmint. Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, lemon, celery seed, Lime, and Mandarin.

Oils containing more than 15% Alpha Pinene are: Eucalyptus, Spruce, silver fir, Pine, Juniper and Rosemary

 List of essential oils that you can use for your feline friend:

Here are six essential oils that can be safely used on your feline partner.

  1. Frankincense
  2. Germanium
  3. Cedarwood
  4. Lavender
  5. Helichrysum 
  6. Copaiba

What is the Difference in Essential Oils for Cats?

The oil should not be adulterated with synthetics. It should be of therapeutic grade and not perfume grade.  Most oils on the market are of later quality.

 What are the ways of using essential Oils for Cats?

Dilute the essential oil with vegetable oil in the ratio of 1:50 that is one drop of essential oil mixed with 50 drops of vegetable oil. Apply the mixture gently to your pet’s body. 

Do worms cause pain to the Cat?

These worms are not necessarily painful. They infect the intestinal cavity; It can lead to diarrhea, loss of appetite, and vomiting. The symptoms would depend upon the nature and strength of infestation.

Where do worms reside in the body of a cat?

Roundworms which are 3-5 inch long live in the cat’s intestines; they do not attach themselves to the walls of the intestines. and survive by eating the food consumed by the animal.

 Are worms fatal to the cat?

If left untreated for long the roundworm would multiply in the cavity. They can cause intestinal blockage and eventually death. Hence the infection must not be ignored and attacked at the appearance of first symptoms.

How long does the worm survive after the commencement of the treatment?

Most medicines targeting tapeworm kill them within 24 hours. A repeat course is administered after 3-4 weeks to kill the remaining larvae which have escaped the first treatment.

What symptoms am I looking at to get first-hand warning?

You may notice pot-bellied appearance of your cat. Roundworms can be a notice in the feces and vomit of the animal. They tend to be round and around 3-5 inch long.

What is the best deworming medicine for cats?

They are multiple over the counter medications and online drugs available for remedying this feline problem. Your vet can also recommend one.

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