How do cats get Roundworm?
Cats typically become infected by ingesting eggs or by eating rodents that carry the roundworm larvae (kittens can become infected through their mother's milk).
Roundworms can be transmitted to children if they have ingested larvae. The larvae can be found in dirt, kitty litter, feces or vomit...Therefore it is very important to thoroughly clean all areas where the larvae could have been expelled.
How do you Treat Roundworm in cats?
Roundworms can be life threatening to kittens if left untreated
Treatment often involves using worming medicine, some of which are available over-the-counter). Many de-wormers work by anesthetizing the roundworm so that it lets go of its grip on the intestine and passes with the cat's stool. Because many medications affect adult roundworms, treatment needs to be repeated to deal with any leftover larvae as they mature. This is usually done at 2 week intervals. The number of treatments necessary depends on the cat's age and circumstances (talk to your vet about your kittens).
Because fleas play an important part in the roundworm lifecycle it is important to regularly check your cats for fleas. Also, be sure that any wormer you buy is marked as safe for nursing mothers, should momma cat be nursing. Also, clean your floors, carpets and furniture thoroughly since the eggs can survive for months in the environment. The risk of infection is lower now that you know. This is a treatable condition. Simba