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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-24-2015, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for deworming a feral cat

We have a feral cat in our yard who visits us throughout the day, every day. A male, approx 1.5 years old. About two months ago I trapped him, had him neutered, vaccinated, and dewormed. I feed him well. He's gained weight, his fur looks good, and overall he appears healthy. About a week ago I noticed his butt looked a bit raw and irritated. Today I saw him scooting across my lawn. I know this can be caused by several things, but I'll take a conservative approach for now and assume he has worms of some kind.
He's friendly enough that he will come to me when he sees me but does not want to be petted and I don't push the issue. So my question is: how do I treat this guy for worms if I can't get him to a vet?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-24-2015, 07:51 PM
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I'll be watching this thread - my semi-feral has been neutered etc but needs booster shots. Only I can't catch him to take him to the vet!
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-25-2015, 07:10 PM
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We dewormed Saxon at the end of last autumn because he'd bitten into (but not actually eaten) a couple of mice. We were given a solution that can be dabbed onto the skin, preferably on the back of the neck, and it seeps into the skin and gets into the bloodstream that way. I think it was called Profender. If you could somehow trap him again you might be able to try that. Otherwise, you'll have to get something that can be mixed with food. Have you tried feeding him those Pill Pockets?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-25-2015, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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The clinic that neutered him gave me a few Drontal tablets. From what I have read they are an effective dewormer for a variety of parasites. I'm going to crush one and mix it with his food. This should do the trick.
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Yes, mixing it with food is the best idea. Drontal will kill the worms they get from ingesting fleas too which are most common in outdoor cats.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-26-2015, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Took care of it today. Crushed one tab and mixed it with some wet food and he ate it all with glee. I wish medicating a cat was always this easy.
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Hunger is a good motivator!

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Hunger is a good motivator!
Works for me, too!
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