Frequency of gastrointestinal parasites in semi-domiciled cats in Patos, Paraíba, Brazil
Thiago da Silva Brandão, Agrício Moreira Dantas Neto, Ramon Tadeu Galvão Alves Rodrigues, Olívia Maria Moreira Borges, Raquel Guedes Ximenes, Higina Moreira Melo, Antônio Fernando de Melo Vaz, Almir Pereira de Souza
Journal Title:Revista Agraria Academica / Agrarian Academic Journal
The objective of this study was to investigate the frequency of gastrointestinal parasite involvement in semidomiciliated cats in the city of Patos -PB, considering their zoonotic potential. Three cat-serial fecal samples were examined using the techniques of Willis(1921), Faustetal.(1938) and Hoffman, Pons and Janer (1934). 55% were positive felines, 30% with single infection and 25% with mixed infection. We identified 11 genera of parasites between helminths and protozoa. Cystoisospora spp. (15%), Sarcocystis spp (15%) and Hymenolepis spp. (15%) were the most frequent parasites. Therefore, although the study was conducted in a few cats, there was a high frequency of cases, a situation of concern if similar to theother semi-homeless animals in the city.