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Gastrointestinal Helminths Of Cat (Felis catus) In Kashmir Valley, India.

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Mohmad Muzafar Sheikh, Hidayatullah Tak, Mustahson F. Fazili



Helminth, cat, parasite, zoonoses, larval mirans, and epidemiology.



Coprological analysis was conduction during February, 2017 to January, 2019 to evaluate the prevalence of gastrointestinal helminths in stray cats of Kashmir valley, India. Fecal floatation and sedimentation technique revealed helminths in 349 scats out of 887 scats, with an overall prevalence of 39.43%. The study revealed four species of helminths in scats. Cats harboring one helminth were (6.31%), those harboring two were common (19.16%), than three (13.30%) or four (0.5%). The helminths observed and their respective frequencies detected were: Toxocara cati (26.49%), Dipylidium caninum (19.39%), Spirometra spp. (18.15%) and Taenia spp. (22.50%). Toxocara cati, a nematode with great zoonotic significance, was most common helminth found in scats of cat during the study. We observed significant seasonal variation (p<0.05) of prevalence in the gastrointestinal helminths, with high prevalence during summer followed by autumn, spring and least in winter. The high prevalence of zoonotic helminth species in stray cats in the Kashmir valley indicates that the risk of zoonotic infection may be high. This study will help veterinarians to plan preventative and diagnostic strategies with regard to pet animal intestinal parasites.



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