Infections with helminths and/or protozoa in cats in animal shelters in the Netherlands

S.R. Robben, W.E. le Nobel, D.D.V. Dopfer, W.M. Hendrikx, J.H. Boersema, F. Fransen, M. Eysker

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    Abstract

    To determine the prevalence of infections with helminths and protozoa in cats in animal shelters, faecal samples from 305 cats from 22 animal shelters in the Netherlands were examined, using a centrifugation-sedimentation-flotation-technique. The association between potential risk factors and the occurrence of an infection was also tested. Infections with helminths and/or protozoa were found in 160 samples (52.5%). Toxocara cati was found in 86 cats (28.2%), Cystoisospora felis in 59 cats (19.3%), Cystoisospora rivolta in 43 cats (14.1%), Capillaria spp. in 34 cats (11.2%), Ancylostoma tubaeforma in 9 cats (3.0%), Taenia taeniaeformis in 9 cats (3.0%), Aelurostrongylus abstrusus in 8 cats (2.6%), Giardia intestinalis in 3 cats (1.0%), Dipylidium caninum in 2 cats (0.7%) and Toxoplasma gondii in 1 cat (0.3%). The highest prevalence was seen in kittens and stray cats. The main preventive factor against infection was a short stay in a shelter.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2-6
    JournalTijdschrift voor Diergeneeskunde
    Volume129
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Keywords

    • cats
    • pets
    • protozoal infections
    • protozoa
    • helminthoses
    • cat diseases
    • infectious diseases
    • dogs

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