Cats are usually susceptible to manges and roundworms, especially if they stray outside our home. Manges in cats are also referred to as feline scabies and it causes severe skin infections. However, roundworms are acquired through consuming infected worm eggs from soils, eating an infected prey animal or the most common, being nursed by their infected mom. Typically, roundworms are round, up to four inches long, and white to pale brown in color. They stay in the intestines, soaking up much needed nutrients from the cat’s diet.
My sister, Katie has a 3 year old Siberian cat named Chubs which she constantly takes care of. She enjoys grooming Chubs every week and spends her spare time playing with him. We often tease her because she treats her like a baby. Whenever she goes home, she is always so excited to see Chubs as if she is her mom.
One night, Katie got home really exhausted that she went straight to bed without having dinner. She slept so soundly until the next day, then she got up and was so worried that she forgot to feed Chubs. She called Chubs but he did not respond. She even tried finding him on different parts of the home and even our backyard, but to no help. Tears started rolling down her eyes, crying for help as our mom comforted her. We told her that Chubs will be okay and he will come back. We helped Katie on posting and handing out posters about a missing cat in our neighborhood. Some neighbors told us they’ve seen a cat similar to the one on the picture a few days ago. That made Katie feel optimistic on finding Chubs but at the same time, she got so worried that he might get hit by a car or attacked by dogs. Days passed and Katie’s depression worsens, Chubs still wasn’t around. While we were eating dinner on a rainy night, we heard loud knocks on the door with some purring and scratching. Katie jumped out of her seat and opened the door. Our neighbor John was outside holding an umbrella and Chubs. Chubs jumped into Katie’s arms as she hugged him so tight and she was in tears. John told us that he heard loud purring in their backyard and he checked it out. He saw the cat up in his kids’ treehouse, so he got up and rescued him. Good thing, he recognized that Chubs was the cat on the misssing cat’s flyer and promptly went to our house. We were so thankful to Joe so we invited him to have dinner and hot cocoa with us, but he told us that he needs to get going.
Chubs is shivering madly as Katie heats up water to bathe him. She was feeding and bathing him when she found out how much fur Chubs lost. I told her that Chubs needs to get a checkup as soon as possible. The succeeding day, Katie went out with Chubs for a medical examination. She told the doctor what happened as she shows Chubs’s hair loss. The doctor also found lesions under his stomach. The doctor explained that the mites cause the cat to scratch, therefore making him lose hair and develop lesions. Chubs was prescribed with a lime sulfur insecticide dip and Ivermectin to be mixed with food. He was also advised to be bathed everyday and to be dewormed as a precaution. The doctor explained that he may have also been contaminated with roundworms when he was outside for days. Roundworm in cats can be easily treated with athelminthic or deworming medications.