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Q: Why does my cat always get tapeworms?

October 11, 2011 | By Melyssa G. | 1 answer | Expired: 1002 days ago

Melyssa G.

It's as if I'm taking Pikachu to the vet for tapeworm treatment every month. I put advantage on him monthly but he keeps getting fleas, and as a result he keeps getting tapeworms. He's an indoor cat so it seems like this shouldn't be as big of a problem but I'm consistantly battling these parasites. I feel so badly for him and it stresses him out when I take him to the vet; he hates the car and his carrier. Please help; I'm at my wits' end!

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Jillian
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Oct 11, 2011

Try switching to Advantage. Fleas can become resistant to a preventive after awhile, so it helps to switch it up on occasion.

You'll want to also rid your home of fleas, who will lay their eggs in the carpeting.

For this, isolate Pikachu in the bathroom or another spare room that doesn't have carpeting. Sprinkle Borox all over your carpet and brush it into the fibers. Cover the entire area with sheets or plastic or whatever you may have b/c this stuff is toxic. Then let it sit for about 36 hours before vacuuming it all up - and repeatedly vacuuming to make certain you really did get every last bit. Now you can release Pika.

I would also mix about 1/2 a cup of Brewers yeast in a gallon of water, place it in a spray bottle, and squirt him down using a comb to brush it into his fur. That's a flea repellant and you can use it every few days for as long as needed.

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