I know people are always asking if their indoor cats can get worms. Well, the short answer is it’s possible, but probably not very likely. It’s been documented that cats can catch worms from the wild, but that’s not the only situation where it’s even possible.
Indoor Cats can get worms, but the risk is small
Indoor cats are less likely to get worms than outdoor cats, but indoor cats can still get worms from infected mice or other animals.
A variety of worms can infect your cat, including:
• Tapeworms. These parasites usually live in the cat’s small intestine. They are flat and segmented, like pieces of raw bacon. Tapeworms don’t usually cause health problems for your cat. However, the larvae can be dangerous if eaten by people.
Worms can be contracted through contact with other cats or contaminated soil
Worms can be contracted through contact with other cats or contaminated soil. Indoor cats are less likely to get worms because they don’t have access to the outdoor environment where they might come into contact with the parasite.
Can Cats get worms from their food?
The myth that cats can’t get worms from their food persists, but it’s not entirely true.
Cat food is usually well regulated and is perfectly healthy for your cat to eat, however, It seems to be a common occurrence that wet food can sometimes have a piece of something that is not meant to be there.
For instance, you may find that the can is dented or that something has been left behind. It is not uncommon for the contents of wet food cans to be porous, allowing for non-edible, hard-to-kill bacteria like worms to get their foot in the door. Over time, these can damage the health of your cat and lead to many illnesses.
My name is Ben and I am a cat lover. I’m not a professional writer or a doctor or an expert of any kind on anything. But I am a guy who likes to share what little knowledge and experience I have with others.