Home remedies for cats are a gentler and also a more affordable way of getting rid of roundworms than most chemical worming products. These are very effective but may be harmful to your cat in the long term. Continual use may also weaken your cat’s immune system.
To treat roundworms naturally, put your cat on a fast for two days (one day for kittens) before you commence the treatment. During that time feed two dropperfuls of apple cider vinegar mixed in water. Only add a few drops of vinegar to the water. In the evening of the second day, give one tablespoon of castor oil (half for a kitten).
The following morning, give four crushed garlic pills mixed with finely chopped wild garlic leaves and pumpkin seeds. Alternatively, combine two parts of pumpkin seeds with one part of garlic powder, one part of fennel seeds and one part ofyucca root. After half an hour give another dose of castor oil. 30 minutes later, feed 50ml of a warm, very runny soup of milk, slippery elm, oats and honey. Feed three of these meals during the day, for three days. Continue with the garlic pills for two weeks but only feed two pills from day two onwards.
Throughout the three days also give three dropperfuls of a marigold tisane, four times a day. To prepare the tea, infuse two tablespoons of fresh or dried marigold flowers for one minute in 200ml of boiling water. Continue for two weeks.
After three days of a semi-liquid diet your cat can be fed normal food again, but include a teaspoon of grated carrots and garlic for two months.
Other useful herbs
Wormwood extract can be given in your cat’s food two to three times a day. Continue the treatment for three weeks.
Slippery elm is a soothing herb that helps to heal an irritated digestive tract. Give daily until the worms are gone.
The above home remedies for cats with roundworms will effectively clear worm infections in your cat in a gentle way. For specific remedies to treat tapeworms read the article on Home Remedies for Cats with Tapeworms.
I heard both onions and garlics contain N-propyl disulfide in different amounts. This substance can ruin your cat’s red blood cells which will lead to a form of cat anemia. Is garlic poisonous to cats?
About a decade ago there was some debate about whether alium (garlic and oinions) is poisonous to cats and a number of articles were published to that effect. No such link could be established though. These days garlic is used in commercially available cat medication. Vets often sell garlic tablets for cats in their surgeries. When using fresh garlic we are talking very small amounts, hidden in a meal. An occasional low dose will not cause problems. I have successfully treated my cats with garlic for 16 years.
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