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i think my cat has worms what should i do

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i think my cat has worms what should i do
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 8 years ago.
Thanks for the questionCustomer

I will be very pleased to try and answer your question but to enable me to do so with accuracy I need to know a little bit more information, so first can you tell me :

1. What do the worms look like?

2. Is your cat otherwise in good health?

This is just a information request for which you have not been charged, I am online at present. I will answer your question shortly after receiving your reply.

Scott Nimmo BVMS MRCVS
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

looks like rice in her stool not movine


she does have allergies

Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 8 years ago.
Thanks for the quick reply.

1. While I cannot diagnose this over the internet it sound to me like you have been seeing tapeworm segments, you can usually see them round the cat's rectal area or in their faeces, they are about the size of a grain of rice and you can sometimes see them slowly move.

Here is a link to a picture of tapeworm segments : IMAGE

2. This is no cause for concern, this can be treated with tablets which your vet can supply or you can get them over the counter from a good pet store. Try something like Tradewinds which is now an over the counter product and is the same as Droncit which before you could only get from the vet, it contains Praziquantel. I have prescribed loads of Droncit over the last twenty eight years and found it to be safe and effective. Tape worm treatment will be different from regular round worm treatment which you can also pick up at your vet or pet store.

3. Make sure your cat is free from fleas as they can be part of the tape worm life cycle.

4. Cat tapeworms are very rarely a risk to people, here is a link which covers the subject : LINK

5. It would be good practice to worm your cat regularly against both tape and round worms.

If I have not answered your question fully enough or if you would like to ask more I will be on line for the next hour or so and I will be glad to discuss your question further.

Scott Nimmo BVMS MRCVS
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
my cat is fat if she has tapeworms would she not be skinny
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 8 years ago.
Hello again,

Actually very often worms both tape worm or round worms have very little effect on your cat provided it is well fed and otherwise healthy.

Occasionally you might see a feral cat with a large worm burden which has weight loss and other symptoms but this would be rare.


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