Parasite Prevention for Cats: Protection Inside Out

One of the most frequent questions that are asked in a Veterinary Clinic are: “Why does my cat need parasite control? He/she does not go outside.” The risks may vary, but the effect of parasites on your cat’s health and yourself are the same. Some of those parasites are zoonotic, which means that they are transmissible to people. We recommend giving your cat year-round parasite treatment to keep them safe and healthy.

There are many ways parasites can enter your home, such as:

  • Insects
  • Outdoor-indoor pets
  • Your clothes/shoes
  • Rodents
  • Moving into a new home

Types of parasites.

Parasites fall into two categories: Internal and external. Some of the most common parasites are fleas, mites, ticks, roundworms, tapeworms and heartworms.

What you can do?

  • Keep your cat on a preventative parasite medication. You can also ask visitors if their pet is on a preventative treatment before coming into your home.
  • Vacuum your floors, carpets and upholstery.
  • Keep rodents away from your house by keeping it free of food scraps and waste.
  • Install seals around doors and windows for added protection.
  • Thoroughly clean second-hand objects like rugs, furniture, bedding and luggage before bringing them home

Written by: Acadia Veterinary Hospital