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Deworming a Cat Cost


How Much Does Deworming a Cat Cost?

 
low costHome Treatment: Around $22average costAt a Vet: $18-$68
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Deworming a cat involves applying over-the-counter or prescription medication at home. Costs vary according to the worm type and whether a veterinary visit is involved.

Typical costs:

  • For kittens: If you just got a kitten, you'll likely take your new pet to the vet for an initial visit that will include a diagnostic check, vaccinations and deworming, since most kittens get worms from their mother or pets they've been around. This initial visit package varies greatly. A sampling of veterinary offices throughout the U.S. ranged from $31 to $131.
  • Treatment plan with vet: A vet visit ensures that you treat the type of worm your cat has. There are several different kinds of worms, from intestinal worms to heartworm to tapeworms. The cost of a basic vet visit ranges depending on where you live, from $15 in some areas to $50 in others. The medicine itself, either an oral or topical treatment, ranges in cost from $3 to $18.
  • At-home tapeworm treatment: Tapeworms are the most easily diagnosed of the worm types, since the parasite is visible in cat's stool as small, sectioned, thin pieces that look like tape (hence the name). Most medicines for tapeworm only treat tapeworm, like Tradewinds Tape Worm Tabs, available at Petsmart[1] for $21.99.
Related articles: Cat Vaccination, Cat Spay or Neuter, Cat Declawing, Owning a Cat

Additional costs:
  • You'll want to throw out the litter in your cat's litter box and bleach the box so your cat doesn't reinfect itself. Litter costs about $10 and a bottle of bleach costs less than $5.
  • If your cat's worms have caused diarrhea or vomiting, your vet may recommend a rehydration shot, also known as fluids or liquids. This would most likely be administered interveneously, and the price varies depending on the vet, the cat's weight and the severity of its dehydration. A sampling of veterinarians around the country produced a range from about $15 to $48.
  • Ask your vet about an ongoing treatment plan to prevent worms. You would administer a low-dose medication once a month indefinitely. Medication is available in bulk, with pricing from $33 to $63 through DrsFosterSmith.com[2]
Shopping for deworming a cat:
  • Online forums like Paw-Talk.net[3] feature heated discussions about over-the-counter medicine. Some owners argue that OTC medicine doesn't work, can alter your cat's personality or even make it sicker. If you choose to purchase over-the-counter medicine, make sure you follow package directions, administering only the dose amount appropriate for your cat's weight and following up as necessary so the cat's worms are completely obliterated. A first treatment only gets rid of worms at a particular stage of worm life.
  • To find a veterinarian near you, visit the American Association of Feline Practitioner's Web page, "Find a Vet"[4] .
  • Gain insight into worm types, symptoms and how medicines work through the American Veterinary Medicine Association's brochure[5] . The AVMA recommends seeing a vet if your cat has these symptoms: diarrhea, weight loss, scooting, a dull coat, or if you see worms under their tail, in their bedding or in their stool.
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:( did i catch this to late?
Amount: $130.00
Posted by: daziasmitg in buffalo, MO.Posted: August 23rd, 2013 10:08AM
My mommy cat and her two babies stayed with a friend for the weeks while I had a family emergency came back and I started noticing flat worms and hook worms in my cats stool am I catching this to late because the stool offs full of worms and the kittens were born may 18th of this year
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Posted by: Cassandra in El Cajon, CA.Posted: November 1st, 2012 05:11PM
I just noticed worms, and I'm checking this website not because I'm not planning on taking my cat to the vet (she already has a scheduled check up soon) but because I wanted to get an estimate so we can plan. Not everyone asks because they are planning to avoid it altogether. Knowing the estimated price of an upcoming bill is just financial responsibility.
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Cat with tapeworms
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Posted by: Chelsey in Honolulu, HI.Posted: July 10th, 2011 11:07PM
I noticed my cat had tapeworms.But I had to wait till the next day to bring hom to the vet because my veternarian is not open on sundays so I decided to give him the tapeworm tabs in the meantime to ease his discomfort & to keep my other cats from getting infested too.brought him to the vet the next day they gave him medicine and now hes wormfree...
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Cat with tapeworms
Amount: $60.00
Posted by: Chelsey in Honolulu, HI.Posted: July 10th, 2011 11:07PM
Advice for people who dont want to dish out the money to take your pet to the vet shouldn't even own a pet if thats the case. Its your responsibility to take care of your pet & if u really care about them the most important thing is your pets safety & wellbeing.u shouldnt put a cost on that
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External Resources:
  1.  www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2754523
  2.  www.drsfostersmith.com/pet-meds/pr/c/9547
  3.  www.paw-talk.net/forums/f10/deworming-cats-42446.html
  4.  www.catvets.com/findadoctor/findadoctor.aspx
  5.  ebusiness.avma.org/ebusiness50/files/productdownloads/heartworm_brochure.pdf
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