Worming barn cats?

carmen_grower_2007(4/5)August 23, 2008

Does anybody do it? Do animals in the wild just live with worms or do they eat some sort of natural repellent? I give them Diatomaceous Earth in some tuna once a week but I know that isn't enough to control worms.

Since they only get dry food at other times, it is impossible for me to get DE into them. I have heard garlic is also a natural de-wormer but how do you get a cat to eat that?

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you can mix the DE in the dry food as well.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2008 at 3:46PM
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Good question ... on the same kind of subject, as I watch my feral barn cat scratching, out the window ... anything I can do for her fleas?

    Bookmark   August 23, 2008 at 6:04PM
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pamghatten, if there's a particular place where she likes to roll in the dust, you might try putting Sevin dust or DE in the area? This is assuming you can't handle her to put it on "in person."

    Bookmark   August 23, 2008 at 10:16PM
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No, I can't put it on in person. She's a very feral cat ... and because I usually have my dogs with me, she doesn't roll where we are or around the barn.

I was hoping there was something I could put in her food. :>) Wishful thinking?

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 2:33PM
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crankyoldman(z5 NY)

Cat wormer tastes bitter to cats. That's why it's usually in a pill form and you have to get it down their throat without them tasting it, or they will spit it out. I have had one cat who actually chomped up the pill and didn't get annoyed.

I have a friend who deals with feral cats all the time. I will ask her about the deworming thing, how she handles it with them, and will post back about it.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 6:04PM
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crankyoldman(z5 NY)

Okay, here's what my friend told me:

"She can get regular, single dose de-worming tabs - and hide the tablet in a very small amount (bite size) of raw meat - turkey burger is often a favorite. She would need to hand feed them - meaning that one cat would get one dose ONLY! If they are hungry, then they will usually take the treat and pretty much swallow it whole. The biggest challenge usually is to make sure the greedy alpha cats only get ONE dose. She can use a spray bottle to help keep the greedy ones at bay once they have had their dose. It's really important that they not get multiple doses at once - it can make them really sick or even kill them."

You can get Drontal in cat size pretty cheap at most pet/vet supply places online.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2008 at 7:01PM
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Thank you. I think I'll wait til it gets colder and she's in the barn more. Then I cold probably do something like that.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2008 at 1:23PM
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If the barn cats aren't wormed, they will get skinny and sick. But you can buy something called, "pill pockets" in almost any pet store...you put the medication inside them. The cats love to eat them...

Our animal rescue, Shelter Me, Inc. has placed quite a few barn cats and produces videos that we post on our website for informational purposes...if you would like to see the latest, it is about acclimating barn cats - how to do it. Might be easier for you to view them on youtube -

Here is a link that might be useful: Shelter Me Inc youtube feature - how to acclimate barn cats

    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 3:58PM
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I sure sound like the odd man out, but I don't equate a barn cat with a feral cat. I have to keep a barn cat for rodent control not only because I have a henhouse, but I run a range of greenhouses, and mice, vole and chipmunk damage adds up fast in there with seedlings. You can loose hundreds of dollars worth overnight if they get out of control.

The thing with keeping an outside (or in my case an inside/outside cat is that you really want to not drown in them. So, at my place they get spayed/neutered. They also get, if nothing else, vaccinated against rabies so that they don't pose a threat to humans or pets. Mine gets flea treatments too.

I'm not preaching to anyone who just has cats in a barn and lets them come and go, but I consider my barn cat(s) employees and they fulfill a function to me. It's the least I can do for them.

1 Like    Bookmark   August 12, 2009 at 6:53PM
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I have many outside cats and they are all excellent hunters and keep the rodent/snake (and alas, bird) population at bay. In return, I keep them well fed and fresh water daily, flea treatments, rabies shots, and spay/neuter as my finances allow. If they get sick, they get a trip to the vet. I don't have any ferals and I suppose that may be unavoidable in some situations. I find it hard to keep up with worming, to be honest. I know they ALL have worms and once treated they immediately become reinfected when they eat another mouse or bird. Also, I think it would be hard to treat a feral effectively but there are some good suggestions here. I guess I'm not much help, LOL. Of course it is good practice and to the cat's benefit to be wormed. I just don't put that at a priority because it seems a never-ending cycle. Lori

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 11:14PM
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Barn cats are not the same as feral cats -- our barn cats are well-paid employees and absolutely necessary on a farm. They get DE mixed in wet food once a week and that seems to keep them worm free. I also use it in their ears when they have mites and dust them with it to get rid of fleas.

Diatomaceous Earth is a very versatile product but be sure you get the food grade type. (I have never had luck getting them to eat their dry food with it on there - they don't like the dry powder). Just moistening their kibble and adding a good amount of DE does the trick.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 7:56AM
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I used diotomaceous earth for the first time a couple of weeks ago, on a litter of skinny-ish foster kittens.

I sprinkled some in a plate of Dollar General brand Ocean Fish canned cat food (best smell!) one evening & did it again a couple of evenings later.

Kittens fattened right up!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2009 at 4:20PM
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marilyn_c(z9 Tex.coast)

I know this is an old topic, but wanted to tell what I use to worm my cats and it is very cost effective. I buy it at Walgreens. It is Reese's Pin Worm Cure....yes, for people....children, I suppose, but it is the same as the wormer I get from the vet, but for less than $10 for the bottle, I can worm a dozen or more cats. I give .1 cc per pound. Repeat weekly for about 3 or 4 weeks. It kils hook and round worms. The active ingredient is pyrantel pamoate. It is yellow and smells like bananas. I worm my dogs with it too. Very safe I just open their mouths and squirt it in. The last time I got it at the vet, he charged me $18 for one dose. I have several rescue cats from the shelter...unadoptable...barn cats. I cut corners where I can.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2014 at 11:59PM
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As someone else said, barn cats that are doing their job & killing rodents will constantly get reinfected. But rabies shots are important.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2014 at 3:41PM
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