Roundworm in Cats
Roundworms are one of the most common of intestinal parasites affecting cats. Learn how cats get roundworm and how to treat an infected cat.
Kitten with Roundworm
Dear Simba - I have 3 kittens, their mother and a small dog. One of the kittens threw up several, 3 1/2-inch worms. They were long, round and thin. They seemed to curl up when they hit the air. Do I have to get rid of these cats to make sure my children and dog do not get sick? If not please tell me what I should do. - Worried
You absolutely do not have to get rid of the cats. This is a common situation and perfectly treatable.
Based on what you've said it is possible that your kitten may have Roundworm (if he has it his siblings and mother may be similarly infected). Below is some information and useful tips to get this situation corrected.
What are Roundworms?
Roundworms are 3 to 5 inches long, cream-colored and live in the intestines. They are amongst the most common of intestinal parasites (according to the Cornell Feline Health Center, 25% to 75% of cats get it). They sometimes curl up and can look like spaghetti. If present in large numbers, they can cause intestinal blockage.
How do cats get Roundworm?