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Do cats have worms that look like this: about 1 1/2 inch,

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Do cats have worms that look like this: about 1 1/2 inch long, reddish brown, and can move very fast. I have seen one or two around the litter box.
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Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.

I understand that you are concerned about worms that you are seeing around your cat's litter box.

The only worm parasites that cats get and are visible to the naked eye are tapeworms and roundworms. Neither of them are red and while they can move somewhat they are not fast.

See these pictures below for comparison to what you are seeing.

Roundworms look like white or tan spaghetti:

Tapeworms look like grains of rice or segmented longer bits. They can be found attached to the hair around the anus and can be passed with or without stool so we can find them in the litter box or in areas where the animal rests. The two pictures below are of tapeworms:

I don't think what you are seeing is connected to your kitty other then that these bugs may be attracted to the moisture in the litter box or the stools as a food source. You may be seeing millipedes, which are very fast and have such small legs they can be difficult to see. Here's a link to read about millipedes: http://www.orkin.com/other/millipedes/

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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