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Dear Christopher Cat

Our new kitten’s fecal test was negative. The veterinarian said she still could have parasites, so he gave her deworming medication. Isn’t this overkill, given the negative fecal test?

Christopher Responds

No, your veterinarian was right to deworm your kitten.

A negative fecal test doesn’t mean your kitten is free of parasites. In fact, in one study, 80 percent of puppies had roundworms in their intestines, although only 20 percent had positive fecal tests.

Roundworms and hookworms are common in kittens and puppies – and they can infect humans, too.

So the Centers for Disease Control and the American Association of Feline Practitioners agree that kittens should be treated for these parasites, even if their fecal tests are negative.

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