Has your cat ever had worms?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My oldest cat has had them twice, once as a kitten and once a year and a half ago when we moved into our new apartment. She got fleas from sitting by the patio door with just the screen closed, and from the fleas contracted worms. It was disgusting! I bought OTC parasiticide pills from Petco (Praziquantel) that came highly recommended…it was a pain getting her to take the pill, and we wasted the first 2 by trying to hide them in her food, but eventually we got her to swallow the 3rd one. We monitored her stools and kept an eye on her and she stopped showing symptoms of infection in about 24 hours. We also started her on flea medication. She has been worm-free ever since!

Post # 3
3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, after a case of bringing sand fleas back home with us from the beach, both my cats had tapeworms. Gave them a OTC pill and got rid of the fleas and they’ve been fine since. You need to know what type of worm you’re dealing with to know which medicine to give it. I never saw worms in the litter box, with tapeworms you see the eggs that look like sesame seeds. 

Identify what type of worm it is, and figure out how to interrupt its life cycle. For example, tapeworms are contracted thru fleas that feed on the eggs, or by the cat ingesting the eggs. If I only gave them a pill and didn’t get rid of the fleas or thoroughly get rid of the eggs, they would just keep getting tapeworms over and over. 

Post # 4
2367 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you’re seeing worms in poop, and they look like wiggling grains of rice, they’re likely tapeworms. If they are, you need to kill the fleas, they are the cause of the worms. It is common with kittens and puppies. Just be aware that different dewormers kill different worms, so you don’t want to just pick up some random one from the pet store until you know what she has. Otherwise, you’ll just have the same problem. Fecal tests are cheap at the vet, and they can tell you what you’re dealing with 

Post # 5
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Awww poor baby! My cat had never had worms, but he did have an intestinal parasite when I got him as a kitten. It took a few days and different blood and poo tests to figure out exactly which kind (and it was a tough one) so they knew which medication to prescribe. But once we knew, I gave him his meds for a week, it cleared up and the diarrhea stopped. 

Post # 6
8679 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You need to know the type of parasite you’re dealing with. Seriously, like another poster said, fecal checks are dirt cheap and 99% of the time they do them right there in office.

Parasites can be easy or difficult to get rid of, depending on how they got it. For example, if your pet contracted tape worms from a flea bite (Not uncommon), you’ll need to eliminate the fleas to prevent reinfection. Other parasites such as roundworms may be contracted from contaminated food or rodents.

Kittens are born with worms to help digest while their gut bacteria starts & they age. The worms are usually gone naturally by a month or so but rarely they can “keep” their worms. A standard de-wormer generally does the trick.

I try to avoid OTC wormers like the plague — Some company (Like Hartz) are notorious for having toxic wormers. I’ve never used them but a girl I went to school with had the de-wormer she used kill an entire litter of kittens that were about four or five months old.

Change the litter often (Not just scoop it out), clean out water bowls with soap & water to prevent egg transfer and give the litter box itself a good cleaning, too. Eggs can be deposited and reinfect animals easily, so you want to take extra care to disinfect any area their mouth and/or behinds might come in contact with. If you have litter traps outside your litter box, clean those too since they can deposit eggs off their feet.

Post # 7
1888 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

sweetchiquita12:  Both of my cats had them when I got them as have pretty much every cat my parents have ever had when they got them.  Their vet (as well as my vet) said that this is very common because worms are easily transmitted in conditions where cats are in very close contact.  For that reason we’ve never treated just the one cat, but treated everyone at the same time.  As for the grossness factor, I just empty the box with my eyes closed.  When cats have worms you can’t just scoop the box you have to completely empty the box.

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