Deworm Your Cat Safely

Worms in cats are more than a nuisance, they are a health concern for the cat. Here is a simple, non-toxic way to deworm your cat at home.

If you typically go to the vet to deworm your cat, it is likely he/she will prescribe oral medication. This can be a treatment that can last several days, or perhaps it is just one pill that the vet administers. Either way, it is possible that your cat got sick from the medicine, and possibly threw it back up. This scenario need never happen again. Save your money on medicine for deworming your cat, and trips to the vet, by using this treatment every couple of months.

Purchase a small bottle of grapefruit seed extract from your health food store. Make sure you read the instructions on the label, and also look on-line for more great uses for this product, as there are many. For your own information, and after you have read the instructions, put one drop on your finger or on a spoon, and taste it. The purpose of this exercise is to familiarize you with the extreme bitterness of this product, and to discourage its overuse.

When two drops are thoroughly mixed with wet cat food (a standard small can), the cat will not taste it or object to it. If not mixed in well, however, it will make them drool, and they will not eat the food it is in. One can of wet food a day with two drops mixed in will deworm a cat in about three to four days. Use it up to a week, to be thorough. It is not a good idea to keep the cat on a maintenance program with this product. Due to its acidity, long-term use is not indicated to deworm a cat. Although grapefruit seed extract is used long-term in other animal applications with no apparent side effects, it is probably best to use it on a regular monthly or bi-monthly basis. Examine your cat’s feces to ensure you have dewormed the cat completely. Eggs or worm segments may not be visible, so 3-4 days or more is indicated.

If your cat will not eat canned cat food, use real tuna fish instead, water and all. Avoid tuna in oil for this treatment. Any well-mashed wet food will do, in the same quantity.

Grapefruit seed extract is non-toxic, and can be used for many purposes. There is a lot of information online about this product, and it is exciting to know that you will never have to de-worm your cat the old fashioned way again.

For your peace of mind, discuss this and any products you give your cat, with your vet. He or she may or may not be familiar with alternative ways to deworm your cat, but at least they will be able to inform you of any concerns they may have. Again, grapefruit seed extract is used in agriculture with many animal species for a variety of problems and for prevention of diseases.

This article is not meant to be medical advice, and is not intended to treat or replace standard medical care for de-worming a cat by a veternarian.

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