Cat Heartworms - a real and present danger
Heartworm disease is not just a canine disease. Heartworms affect cats differently than dogs, but the disease they cause is equally serious. In cats, heartworm larva induce an intense inflammatory response in the blood vessels & tissues in the lungs.
It only takes one mosquito to infect a cat, and because mosquitos can get indoors, both indoor and outdoor cats are at risk and should receive heartworm medication. In a North Carolina study, 28 percent of the cats diagnosed with heartworm were inside-only cats.
Cat Hookworms - a deadly burden
Hookworms attach to the small intestine of your cat and suck blood. Hookworms can infect people too.
Cat Roundworms - beyond the "yuck" factor
Roundworms are among the most common intestinal parasites of cats. They can infect over 90% of kittens under 3 months of age. Cats infected with roundworms may experience constipation, vomiting, diarrhea or may have a pot-bellied appearance. Roundworms can infect people too.
Cat Tapeworms - just plain "gross"
Dipylidium is tapeworm of Dogs and Cats. People become infected when they accidentally swallow a flea infected with tapeworm larvae; most reported cases involve children. Read More... follow link below to main CDC Dog and Cat Parasite page and access "T" on A to Z menu at top of page
Additional information about the above Cat Worms and other less-common Cat Parasites, this is the main page for CDC Dog and Cat Parasites just use the A to Z index at the top of the page to look up Cat parasites: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/animals.html