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I think my cat may have worms, About the past week I haven't

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Hello I think my cat may have worms
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been concerned about the worms? Have you spoken to a vet about this?
Customer: About the past week I haven't spoken to a vet
JA: Has the cat vomited recently? Any signs of blood in their stool?
Customer: Yes she has vomited but haven't noticed blood in stool
JA: What's the cat's name and age?
Customer: Her name is ***** ***** her age is 5
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: No not really just the problem I mentioned
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Hi there, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Gypsy ins't herself.

Does she have weight loss, an increased appetite or diarrhoea?

When was she last wormed?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
No weight loss vomiting more than usual
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 11 days ago.

With regards Gypsy's vomiting, how often is this happening?

When was she last wormed?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I have no intention of paying that amount to speak to someone who should be able to message me for free
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I have already paid £5.00
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Please feel free to ignore any phone call request messages. The website sends these automatically and it is out of my control.

We can continue talking via typing.

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 11 days ago.

With regards Gypsy's vomiting, how often is this happening?

When was she last wormed?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Do you suggest I purchase some worm tablets
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 11 days ago.

If Gypsy is overdue her regular wormer, then this should be done.

This is regardless of signs she is showing.

An outdoor cat or one who is raw fed should be dewormed every 3 months or so.

An indoor cat eating a cooked diet may only need deworming annually, depending on their lifestyle.

Rather than a tablet, I would use a powder, liquid or paste called Panacur as it is a broad acting wormer that also treats protozoal infections.

I am not convinved, from what you've said, that the culprit here is worms.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
My cat always seems hungry
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Excess hunger can certainly be a sign of worms, though it can also be sign with other conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Food Allergies, infectious disease, cancers etc.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Are you suggesting it may be fatal?
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 11 days ago.

This would be very unlikely.

As she is 5, has only had signs for a week and is not losing weight it is much more probable this is something like an infection or inflammation, than anything sinister.

You haven't said if she has been recently wormed but, if not, this should be done.

We should also consider a sensitivity diet and feeding her little and often rather than in one or two large meals (if this is what is done).

Some cats may need e.g. ant acids and anti nausea medicine, to settle their stomach.

If her signs are worsening or not resolving, or you are concerned, it is important she is seen by a vet for a check up. If they are concerned, they will likely advise some tests such as a blood test and abdominal scan.

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 11 days ago.

If you have any further questions about Gypsy, please do let me know.

Take care,

Linda.