- Cockroaches, mice & flies all can carry roundworm eggs. Cats are natural hunters & will hunt them!
- 15% of commercial potting soil contains roundworm eggs.
- The Northeast has the highest prevalence of roundworms than any other part of the country.
- Other animals in the household that do go outside - like dogs and people - can bring in different parasites that can affect the indoor cat.
- A study conducted in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control proves that almost 14% of the U.S. population is infected with Toxocara -- much higher than what was originally thought.
- The same study also states "although most persons infected with Toxocara have no symptoms the parasite is capable of causing blindness and other systemic illness."
- Children & immune-compromised people are more susceptible of being infected with these parasites.
- 40% of immune-compromised people have a pet at home.
- Roundworm, or Toxocara cati, are prolific egg producers & are estimated to produce as many as 24,000 eggs per day.
- It is estimated that 3 million to 6 million people in the U.S. may be infected with Toxocara (roundworm) larva migrans each year.
- In just 30 days, 25 female fleas can multiply to more than 250,000.
- All it takes is one adult worm in a cat's heart to be fatal. Cats that die from heartworm can be clinically normal one hour before death.
- More than 25% of cats with proven heartworm infection, according to their owners, are kept indoors exclusively.
BEFORE YOU DECIDE YOUR INDOOR-ONLY CAT DOESN'T NEED PARASITE PREVENTION, CONSIDER THESE IMPORTANT FACTS: