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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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I've noticed very tiny dark worms where my cat sleeps. They

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I've noticed very tiny dark worms where my cat sleeps.
They are black and about half the size of my pinky finger nail in length. There are some dead and some moving and wiggling around.
What are your thoughts on what this could be?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Those are likely to represent flea larva. Comb through your tabby and I believe you'll find live fleas and flea feces and eggs which will resemble pepper and salt, respectively. It's best to shampoo her with a noninsecticidal shampoo and follow up with an over the counter topical spot-on such as Advantage or Frontline or one of the newer prescription products available from her vet. Disinfesting your premises with an over the counter premise spray (not the inefficient foggers) containing an insect growth regulator (IGR) is important as well. Siphotrol Area Treatment Spray contains the IGR methoprene which doesn't allow flea eggs or larvae to develop into adult fleas thus breaking up the fleas' life cycle. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.