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Can My Indoor Cat Get Parasites?

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If you own an indoor cat, you may wonder whether your furry friend is at risk for parasites. Many pet owners believe the misconception that parasites aren’t really a risk because their cat stays away from the outdoors. While it’s true that the exposure to parasites is smaller, that doesn’t mean it is zero. Even indoor cats aren’t immune to getting parasitic infections, meaning pet owners must be diligent about prevention. Blue Lake Animal Hospital can help you keep your cat safe. Here’s what you should know about your indoor cat’s risk for parasites.  

Using Common Sense to Prevent Common Threats

Parasitic infections might not be a pet owner’s favorite conversation topic, but it’s an important one. Your cat’s annual health examination is a vital part of preventing common chronic health issues, which is why our team stresses the importance of preventing parasites every month of the year. We use prescription medications to keep your cat safe from intestinal parasites, such as: 

  • Heartworms. Heartworms directly enter the bloodstream via mosquitoes. Once a cat develops heartworms, it is incurable and can cause long-term respiratory issues and even death. About of quarter of all heartworm cases in cats happen to those that live only indoors. The only dependable way to prevent heartworm disease is to administer monthly prevention medication.
  • Roundworms. Roundworms can be found in rodents, bugs and contaminated soil, and their eggs may appear in feline feces.
  • Hookworms. Hookworms are often found in soil, but they are also able to penetrate through a cat’s skin. Once they enter the body, they attach to the lining of the intestines and feed on blood. As a result, they can cause digestive issues and weight loss. 

It’s worth noting that cats can also spread zoonotic diseases, which are passed from animals to people. Intestinal worms such as roundworms can infect your family members if your cat has them, and they can damage eyes, brain tissue and other parts of the body.

The Importance of Visiting a Veterinarian

Other parasites can make your cat sick, including ticks, fleas and ear mites. Indoor cats are still at risk because these parasites can sometimes make their way inside our homes despite our best efforts. Fortunately, all of these diseases and parasites can be readily prevented. 

By visiting a veterinarian, you can ensure that you and your cat stay safe from these parasites. We can help you learn how to create a barrier between your cat and any bugs through regular medication. Bringing your pet in for a regular exam is also important since we can spot signs of illness even when the symptoms aren’t apparent yet. 

Contact Our Veterinarians to Set Up An Appointment

The best way to defend against the dangers of parasites is with a veterinarian. Blue Lake Animal Hospital provides everything cat owners need to protect their furry friend’s health. We proudly serve you and countless others as the animal hospital they rely on at every stage of their pet’s life. Call our office today to book an appointment.

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