Parasite control and deworming in kittens is very important since they can be infected with intestinal worms before they are born from their mothers, as well as in their early weeks from their environment. Intestinal parasites especially can greatly affect growth and development and have the potential to infect human members of the family, so must be addressed as soon as possible. Transmitted by mosquitoes, the heartworm parasite can infect kittens and cats, and is becoming increasingly suspected of being the cause of acute respiratory distress in young cats making the need for heartworm prevention starting in the first year of life important to consider as well.
There are many options for treatment and prevention of parasites. It is always a good idea to have your vet analyze a stool sample so that specific parasites may be identified. Broad spectrum dewormers are available in both pill or liquid form and topical options for those hard to pill kittens and cats. There are also several treatment options which will cover Heartworm protection, ear mites as well as intestinal parasites. Kittens can be dewormed as young as 2 weeks old, so it is never too early to talk to your vet about a deworming protocol for your kitten. Often, it is best to administer deworming treatment up to every 2 weeks in young cats for several months to get infections cleared from the body and the environment.
Visit our Parasite page for more information about the specific parasites that can affect our feline friends, including information on the parasites that can pose a risk to humans.