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Giardia in Cats

April 10, 2018

Giardia is a microscopic parasite that causes the illness known as giardiasis. Giardia is contagious. It's found on contaminated surfaces, in soil, or on food or water that has been contaminated with feces (poop) from infected humans or animals.

What can giardia cysts do to cats?
Giardiasis in cats, while less often recognized than in dogs, is contagious. It is transmitted in cats in the same way it is in dogs: By ingesting the infectious "cysts," shed by another animal in poop. Giardia cysts are the primary means of transmission from host to host.

What are the signs of giardia in cats?

The clinical signs of giardia are gastrointestinal and include:

How is giardia diagnosed and confirmed in cats?

How is giardia treated in cats?
Unfortunately, there are no medications currently approved for cats to treat infection. However, symptoms can be treated, and this will make a big difference when it comes to how your cat feels. It can be difficult to clear an animal of infections, but ask your veterinarian what the recommended course of action is to give your cat the highest quality of comfort.

Prevention of giardia in cats
Since there is no available preventive vaccine, the only method of prevention is avoiding exposure. You should keep your cat indoors and away from areas contaminated by the poop of other animals. As with other parasites of the digestive system, prevention of the spread of Giardia centers on testing and treating cats showing signs, and using sanitary measures to reduce or kill the organisms in the environment.

If you have reason to believe your space has encountered giardia cysts, here are some tips:

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