Home Remedies for Deworming My Cat
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Despite the independent nature of cats, whoever has one as a pet will know they are faithful and beloved companions with which you can create a very special bond.
Welcoming a cat into your home as a pet involves being able to meet all their needs in order to ensure a good quality of life. You also need to remain vigilant of the presence of external parasites. Even if it can seem unpleasant, you will need to meet this responsibility as a good pet owner.
Find out how to treat this condition naturally as AnimalWised shows you the best home remedies for deworming your cat.
Prevention is the Best Cure
To avoid a serious parasite infestation, one option is to go regularly to the vet so that they can deworm your cat using clinical methods. The vet can also recommend effective products to prevent internal infestations caused by intestinal parasites which normally come from eating the wrong thing.
To ensure that your cat is healthy and free of parasites, we recommend deworming twice a year if the cat does not leave home and approximately every three months if the cat goes outside frequently or has contact with other animals.
Symptoms of External Parasites in Cats
The cat may suffer from external infestations caused by fleas, mites, fungi, ticks and lice, If this is the case, we might see the following symptoms:
- The cat is constantly scratching or biting its skin
- The cat rubs up against objects more than usual
- The cat is irritable and restless
- The skin is inflamed and sometimes accompanied by abrasions
- Hair loss and bald patches across the skin
Home Remedies for Deworming Your Cat
With the right research, natural and home remedies can be highly effective methods to deworm your cat. However, we recommend that before using some of these treatments, it is a good idea to consult your veterinarian first.
Essential Tea Tree oil
This is useful against all external parasites that can affect your cat and it will also act as a repellent, preventing future infestations. There are two key ways to use it.
A simple way is to add a little to a cat shampoo suitable for your cat's skin condition. Alternatively, bathe your cat as normal before directly applying the essential oil onto the skin. About 5 drops should be sufficient. Be careful to make sure you do not put it on an injury or damaged skin. If your cat does have a skin problem, we recommend mixing about 20 drops of essential tea tree oil in 100 ml of a basic vegetable oil (sweet almond, rosehip or argan oil) before putting a small amount on the skin.
Apple cider vinegar
This is a simple, cheap and effective method against fleas and ticks. It also acts as a potent repellent preventing future infestations. To apply, you must dilute two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 250 milliliters of water and spray this solution on to your cat's fur. Again, be careful of any damaged skin as this could agitate it.
Baths with lemon juice
This remedy is especially suitable if your cat has lice. Bathe the cat using water to which you will have added the juice of two lemons, then rinse thoroughly. Many cats don't like being washed (although some absolutely love it), so try to soothe your moggy by rubbing the back of it's neck as you pour or shower water over them and avoided contact with their eyes.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender is also very effective against fleas and ticks. Add 5 drops to your cat shampoo and bathe with this prepared solution. It can also be mixed with a base oil and then applied onto your cat's fur, even on a daily basis if you want to be thorough.
If you do not observe any improvements in your cat's condition after a using these remedies for a few days, you should consult your vet.
Check out these other articles on maintaining your cats health such as What to Feed a Malnourished Cat and How to Look After Your Cat in Winter.
This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.
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