The European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) recommends that cats and dogs are wormed at least every 3 months – a minimum of 4 times a year. However, younger animals and those whose lifestyle makes them more vulnerable to infection – such as cats and dogs that hunt – may need more regular worming.

This group of worms can be contracted by eating wild animals such as dead rabbits, but one species (Dipylidium caninum) can be contracted from fleas. While most cats show no signs when they are infected with worms, there are many possible problems that can occur, from itchy bottoms to digestive problems.

Round worms can be contracted in many ways – from soil or hunting or from other cats, especially mothers to kittens! The worms can be contracted in the womb or from the mother’s milk. These are the worms that can cause problems in kittens – heavy numbers can cause blockages or even death. These worms can also infect humans. They migrate around the body and can damage the systems they move through – even leading to blindness.