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How to get rid of worms in kittens?

My kitten is 4 months old. I decided to get rid of worms in the kitten. Gave him a dewormer prescribed by the vet as directed but my kitten just tried to spit it out, started shaking and frothing at the mouth (maybe his immune system is rather weak). I just flushed his throat with some water. So, I was told to give him a de-worming medicine by injection at the vet hospital. Is it safe-healthy? Could you help me with your advice how I should get rid of worms in my kitten not hurting him?


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Hi @AliceInWonderland -

I am sorry you had an unpleasant experience trying to worm your kitten but congratulations on being a responsible pet owner!

Giving medication to our furry friends (in particular cats) can sometimes be difficult. There are several types of worms that kittens can have including roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm.

It is important to de-worm your kitten regularly starting at a young age, because infection can lead to problems such as diarrhoea and poor growth.

I suspect your kitten reacted like he did as some worming products can taste bitter due to the active ingredients they contain.

The good news is there is a whole range of products to choose from when it comes to worming cats, both oral preparations and topical applications (top-spots).

It is important to discuss with your vet which products treat which type of worm so you ensure the best protection for your little one and his lifestyle.

Most veterinary clinics would be happy to help you out in choosing an option that best suits both you and the kitten so that next time the process isn’t as traumatic!

They can also show you little tricks on how to give tablets more easily and if your kitten is a real feisty one, I am sure they would be more than happy to do it for you.

Good luck!


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