Natural deworming remedies for your kitten or cat are an alternative for pet parents who desire preventative care for their feline that is non-toxic.
Conventional dewormers use chemical-based pesticides that contain toxins. By using natural, herbal dewormers, you can reduce your feline’s exposure to toxins and support their overall health.
Whether your cat lives exclusively indoors or roams outside, cats may become host to internal parasites such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms.
Kittens often pick up worms from their mother in her milk, while adult cats may pick up worms by accidentally eating worm eggs or eating vermin infested with worms.
If a cat has worms, symptoms may include vomiting, loss of appetite and diarrhoea. Untreated, worms can cause symptoms such as a dull coat or a pot-belly, but it is rare they make a cat seriously unwell.
Cats may acquire worms easily, hence why vets recommend regular deworming treatment. Using natural remedies as a preventative measure against worms for your kitten or cat is easy, as well as a safer, less expensive and just as effective treatment as conventional dewormers.
Any type of dewormer, whether its natural or conventional medicine, works by eliminating parasites from the body.
For deworming, you can feed your cat some food grade diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth is the fossilised remains of microscopic shells that work by cutting into the bodies of worms and other parasites with its very sharp edges, which kills them.
If your feline does have worms, 1 teaspoon for a kitten or two teaspoons of food grade diatomaceous earth can be mixed in your feline’s wet food twice a day for a minimum of 30 days to eliminate internal parasites and worms. If you are unsure, consult with your vet.
Finely ground raw pumpkin seeds can naturally treat worms and act as an effective dewormer. Pumpkin seeds are anti-parasitic and full of valuable nutrients for your cat. Use a coffee grinder to finely grind the pumpkin seeds and mix one teaspoon in your cat’s wet food daily to effectively kill worms or for preventative care. One of the easiest dewormers to administer for your kitten or cat, ground pumpkin seeds also add fibre to your feline’s diet, helping them to pass stools regularly.
Grapefruit seeds are also an effective dewormer as well as treatment for worms in cats. Grapefruit seeds contain active ingredients that are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and more.
Grapefruit seed extract is known to be effective in treating internal diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Like with pumpkin seeds, use a coffee grinder to pulverise grapefruit seeds. If you can’t find grapefruit seeds, grapefruit seed extract can be used instead. According to holistic pet nutrition advisor Ottawa Valley Dog Whisperer, when using grapefruit seed extract, around 0.5 drops per every kg (per every 2.2 lbs) of body weight can be added to wet food, and if using pulverised grapefruit seeds, 8 mg per every kg (per every 2.2 lbs) of body weight can be added to food.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea