Why Deworming my Bengal cat?
Dewormers are as essential to kittens as vaccines. At Bengal Laurentides our breeding cats and kittens are treated rigorously with Fenbendazole, Baycox, and Strongid.
Giardia duodenalis, also known as Giardia intestinalis, is a digestive flagellated protozoan parasite. It is present in cats and therefore in the Bengal. To make it easy to understand, the trophozoite (parasite) attaches itself to the intestine and multiplies. Cysts are produced to eventually be expelled into the stool for several weeks or even months. The parasite is highly infectious and will withstand for several months in the external environment making it difficult to eradicate.
Coccidiosis infects the intestine of the cat, the most common is Isospora. Cats become infected when they swallow coccidian cysts on the ground. Once in the cat’s system, coccidia cause diarrhea, sometimes hemorrhagic, weight loss and dehydration, especially with kittens. Some cats will be carriers but asymptomatic. It can be difficult to get rid of coccidia, especially in catteries, where cats recontaminate between themselves permanently.
Tritrichomonas is in a certain way the cousin of Giardia. Again, it’s a parasite that lives in the cat's large intestine. The cat will suffer of diarrhea, sometimes with a little blood. This parasite is very contagious, especially in catteries. It can be very difficult to eradicate the parasite.
At Bengal Laurentides, we are happy to offer kittens free of these parasites. All of our cattery is rigorously tested by PCR to validate the negativity of all our animals.
The importance of deworming is not underestimated!