Q: Tapeworms & cats

July 20, 2010 | By Ciberspd55 | 2 answers | Expired: 2017 days ago

cat that constantly wants food very thin outside cat

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Stephanie  C.

Jul 22, 2010

Agreed. Tapeworms cannot be killed by OTC wormers. You need something specific for tape worms. Call your vet and tell them it's for a stray. Feed the cat at a specific time for a few days, then slip in the medication, then a few more days.

Also, because it is a stray it will probably become reinfested. It is normal for any cat that hunts and eats its catch to acquire tapeworms. The prey has them and passes them to the cat. You may have to repeat this in the future.

Good luck!

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Jul 20, 2010

tapeworms are pretty common in strays and usually you'll see what looks like maggots in their feces and sometimes around their anus. the tapeworm itself is actually quite long, but segments break off as kitty defecates. if left untreated, the cat will slowly die of malnourishment. basically, kitty needs a dewormer. call your vet and explain it's for a stray and that you'd only like to give the poor guy a dewormer. usually they understand and you're out the door w/about a $10 bill. b/c tapeworms is only one type of parasite {and perhaps not even what this cat has} getting a prescription dewormer really is best. not only do they work better, but they cover more ground.

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