New research of cat owners has found modern life, as well as confusion over when to dose and a lack of awareness about the risks of infection are causing poor owner compliance when it comes to deworming cats.
According to the study of 1,000 owners, only 21% of cat owners deworm their pets every three months as per the recommended guidelines. Meanwhile, 46% say they do it less than every six months and 6.5% never give their cats a deworming treatment. A further 6% admit they only deworm their cat when they visit their veterinary surgeon.
Participants in the survey – commissioned by Bayer Animal Health – were asked why they didn’t de-worm their felines regularly; 23% said they were unaware of the need to deworm their cat at all, while a further 26% said they did not understand the benefits of routine use, believing cats do not need deworming unless worms can actually be seen.
The survey also found a wide misperception about the specific infection risks that cats face – 38% of owners believe indoor cats are not at risk of being infected with worms, and a further 65% do not realise that felines can contract worms through hunting mice or birds.
Despite this confusion, more than a third of respondents want to have as much knowledge as possible about their pet, although it was found 54% turn to the internet for advice.
A busy lifestyle was also a reason why regular deworming can be a struggle, with 12% of owners saying they forget and 72% saying they have problems administering a deworming tablet to their cat regularly.
Ian Wright, vet and parasitologist at Withy Grove Veterinary Surgery, said Bayer’s Profender can offer owners a solution.
“This research shows a third of owners want their vet to involve them in health care decisions affecting their cat and to consider their lifestyle when giving advice,” he said.
“This would suggest that by educating clients about the basics of worms and deworming, as well as recommending effective deworming solutions that are easy for owners to use, vets can easily boost deworming compliance.
“Profender ticks all those boxes, offering a spot-on deworming solution that is effective against all common worms affecting cats in the UK.”
For more information, visit Bayer’s website.