We've recently acquired a new addition to our family, a 7week male kitten. However upon getting him home on Friday we noticed he was suffering with a worm infection (diarrhea with "rice" shapes present).
We immediately contacted the previous owner who had told us that he had been deflead and wormed, who surprisingly told us he was "due his next course today". As such we rushed to the pet shop and purchased Beaphar 'Worming for Kittens' on the Saturday, and gave him a pump with his meal that day (which fortunately he took without hesitation).
He still has live wiggling worms present in his stools and we are concerned not only for his health but passing them onto other family members (including humans). We're trying to keep him "quarantined" - but don't wan't to isolate him with no contact and he is always running havoc around the house (like any kitten does).
Can anyone advice if it's safe to give him an additional treatment and if he is a "threat" to adults catching his illness. We are obviously trying to maintain a clean and hygienic environment but it's difficult to know what he's treading about.
Any help or advice is much appreciated, thank you in advance!
cwilcock, I've not used the Beaphar wormers but I would expect that they come with a leaflet that describes the frequency that it can be given. If it is a liquid then I would assume there is a dosage depending on weight. Make sure that you have given your kitten the right dose.
However as the kitten has diarrhoea then I would see a vet as they can prescribe the right medicines/wormers for your kitten who at that young age will be at risk of dehydration & weight loss.
As to catching his illness make sure that hands are washed after cleaning up mess or touching the kitten as there are some diseases that can be caught but normal hygiene should deal with that risk. However pregnancy is a different matter.
You must administer a dewormer I usually use strongid, 1 cc per pound, it's extremely effective. For tape worms however strongid is usually ineffective thus you must obtain something from your vet in case it is tape worm. Also with tape worm, when it's a kitten, please have your vet treat it rather than self treating it yourself since its extremely easy to cause an accidental overdose(in kittens). If you can't take on the task you may have to find it a foster yourpetforums.co.uk/thread/5345/advice-caring-orphaned-day-kitten