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Fleas, ticks, worms, etc.

A responsible guardian thoroughly checks the cats when they return home, looks for injuries, changes, ticks in the coat, takes a look at the paws and claws, looks into the eyes and checks the reaction of the iris. A quick temperature check at the ears or the base of the tail takes no time at all. Also check for changes in behaviour.

Cats are tough, they don’t always show when they are not feeling well.

Your vet will recommend regular parasite prevention for your cat. However, there are alternatives if you’d like to save your cat from exposure to medication for purely preventive reasons.

Parasite infestation can be naturally prevented through the administration of brewer’s yeast. Brewer’s yeast contains yeast’s natural vitamin B complex, and has a natural effect against parasite infestation through the activation of the cat’s skin metabolism. Parasite and tick infestation will decrease drastically. This way, resistance to the usual Spot-Ons cannot evolve in parasites at all.

Yet, make sure you have a pair of tick tweezers at home.

Fleas

 

Fleas are a nuisance not only for your cat.

Flea infestation is normally avoidable through the daily administration of some yeast. If your cat still scratches herself frantically check her bedding very thoroughly.
In case of a flea infestation, you’ll find flea faeces (flea dirt) on your cat’s bedding. They are small black specks. You can check whether they are really flea excretions by taking some of these black specks with a pair of tweezers and putting them on a white sheet of paper. Sprinkle some pure water on them.

If the water discolours to red, the specks are presumably flea faeces, in which case a treatment is recommended.

Flea treatment is relatively time-consuming and painstaking. Flea larvae live for about a year and can be killed with sprays or foggers (even when the manufacturer’s promise differs from this).

Lots of substances pose health risks to animals and people too. An option is a substance making fleas infertile through which their spreading can be prevented – consult your vet about it. Following an acute flea infestation, a tapeworm treatment may be necessary; have it explicitly proven first and do not start a treatment on spec.

If you experience flea infestation in your house or apartment, the only treatment that helps is washing, vacuuming and steam cleaning – as frequently and intensely as possible.

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Flea treatment is relatively time-consuming and painstaking.

Deworming

Your vet will also recommend preventive deworming. Experienced cat guardians pay attention to anomalies in eating habits. You can also easily detect some worms with the help of a readily available simple microscope.

Many guardians abstain from preventive deworming – which however requires some knowledge and skills. Pay attention to anomalies, especially in eating habits and weight. Contact your vet if you suspect a tapeworm infestation and give your vet a faeces sample to examine. Several samples (over three days) are especially good. Should a worm infestation be detected, a treatment targeted to the specific parasites can be completed.

 We advise against preventive deworming.

f you speak German, here is a well-established report on the topic:  “Der Wurm und sein Wirt” by the journalist Monika Peichl. .

The most important form of prophylaxis is a healthy and intact immune system, which you can support with a top-quality and species-appropriate diet for your cat!

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