What Cat Parents Need to Know About Worms

By on 3-30-2012 in Uncategorized

What Cat Parents Need to Know About Worms

Muffin // Our new kitten

Most of us carry parasites whether we know it or not. Worms, whether in humans or cats, can be so small that we don’t even notice we have them. The acceptance of needing to treat such, therefore, relies not on actually being able to see the worms. We ASSUME they’re there based on various symptoms or life circumstances.

According to the Kitten and Cat Advice blog, these are symptoms that may indicate worms:



*bloody stool

*worms in stool




*loss of appetite

*weight loss even with increased appetite

*abdominal bloating

*dull coat


*difficulty breathing

Even without such symptoms, given the high incidence of worms in cats that have spent time in groups (shelters, litters, foster homes, etc.), it should be assumed that cats being adopted from such settings will have worms. It is not always necessary to use a chemical wormer. I use human-grade (it’s also used in swimming pool filters — that’s different — don’t use that for parasite control in cats) diatomaceous earth, or as it’s commonly called, DE, for treatment of worms. According to Wolf Creek Ranch:

it {DE} has always worked fabulously for incoming rescue kittens or puppies/dogs that have diarrhea, some with bloated bellies. Within 48 hours of daily DE consumption, stools are much firmer and pot bellies are eliminated.


Diatomaceous earth as viewed under bright fiel...

Diatomaceous earth as viewed under bright field illumination on a light microscope. Diatomaceous earth is made up of diatom cell walls, an example of biogenic silica. Silica is synthesised in the diatom cell by the polymerisation of silicic acid. This image of diatomaceous earth particles in water is at a scale of 6.236 pixels/μm, the entire image covers a region of approximately 1.13 by 0.69 mm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thankfully, natural DE is not a “poison”, but a natural method of eliminating parasites by dehydrating them. Since parasites are a major cause of dis-ease in everyone – human, plants, and animals, as well as the other great benefits of feeding natural DE, we immediately feed DE to all rescues or client animals (infested or not, as most often they have parasite issues and the DE will help strengthen their immune systems, get them healthier more quickly, detox heavy metals, provide 15 minerals, and eliminate any worms they may have). Our DE feeding protocol is:

Kittens – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon
Cats – 2 teaspoons twice/day

Or, in the case of my cats, they receive 1/4 tsp of DE in each meal. I know firsthand that it effectively removes parasites, as our two shelter rescues were obviously sick when we adopted them. One visibly healed from all infestation within a few weeks, while the other had a clean bill of health after three months of daily DE. Their diarrhea disappeared — what a relief! Yes, I personally consume DE daily, too!

Please check with your vet for advice regarding your particular cat before adding supplements to their diet.

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