Woodview Veterinary Clinic
Animal Wellness Center

Parasite control is important for all cats

When most people think of controlling parasites, they think of their dogs, not the family cats. Parasitic diseases are very common in cats, even in those that are classified as “indoor only”. Indoor cats are exposed to numerous vectors that can transmit parasitic diseases. Mosquitoes, often found in the house, can transmit heartworm disease; flies, cockroaches, and small rodents are known to carry roundworms; fleas may enter the house on the family dog and then infest the cat. Those are all the things cats are exposed to while living 100% inside, now imagine if your cat goes out, the risks increase significantly for contracting a parasitic disease.

If your cat does become infested with fleas not only do you have to worry about the tiny creatures themselves, but also about what they may be carrying. Fleas can transmit tapeworms to your cat and they are often carrying a bacteria known as Bartonella. Bartonella can cause a variety of clinical signs ranging from fever and lethargy to heart problems and neurologic disease.

While the prevalence of heartworm infection in cats varies widely within the US, heartworm can be a fatal disease. Additionally, heartworm associated respiratory disease may be a common cause of bronchitis in cats. Current heartworm preventatives for cats are very safe and easy to administer.

For all of the reasons above, the American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends year round prevention for the most common parasites for all cats, even if they never go outside.

Revolution is our number one feline parasite control product. It is easily applied as a topical to the back of the neck and is then absorbed through the body and spreads throughout the coat. This monthly product protects against heartworms, fleas, roundworm, hookworms, and ear mites.

Ask us about parasite protection for your cat today!

Woodview Veterinary Clinic
3284 Lighthouse Ln.
West Bend, WI 53090
(262)338-4146 (fax)