Signs Your Cat Has Worms & What to Do About It

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The disease is mild in most cases but may be moderate to severe in cats with very heavy worm burdens.

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Key points

  • The most common worms in cats are roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms
  • Worms can be caught by any cat, but are more common in young animals or those with a compromised immune system
  • Worms should be treated with veterinarian-recommended anti-parasite products
  • Cats should be wormed regularly as part of a preventative treatment plan

Common in

Symptoms & types


Animals with large amounts of roundworm may have a large abdomen or “pot-bellied” appearance. They can also cause lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea.


With tapeworm infections you might notice your cat is excessively itchy around his anus, licking and grooming down there more than usual.


Symptoms of hookworm infection include dark, sticky/tarry feces, diarrhea, or constipation.

Other worms also found in cats

Understanding the diagnostics

Learning about the causes

Home remedies are not advised for worm prevention or treatment. You should always use a veterinary product and avoid ineffective herbal or “natural” worming products.

Best treatment options

Home remedies & their effectiveness

When to see a vet


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