How to Treat Tapeworms in Cats


Tapeworms are very common in cats. Cat owners now and then face this problem and look everywhere for answers. Do not worry, because we from justpetlover.com, have put together this article on how you cat parents can treat your cat babies with tapeworms. Keeping in mind the symptoms, causes and the various ways of treatments, we have brought to you this piece of information, hoping that it will help you in the best way possible. Be sure to check out the additional tips we have put in, in the last bit of this article.

The first step to any kind of treatment is looking out for the relevant signals and learning to recognize the symptoms when they come up. Know what you should check for. Also you may love to read how to tell if your cat loves you.

Tapeworms in cats- the symptoms

Tapeworms are normally found in the small intestines. Check in your cat’s feces or in the fur around the anal area. This is because, when a tapeworms resides inside your cat, it breaks down into pieces and these fragments are carried into the intestine. These parts of the tapeworm then end up in the fecal matter of your cat. Therefore, look well into your cat’s poop to find, dry bit of fragments; usually colored white or cream. Sometimes they stick to the fur of your cat, either under the tail or around the anus.

You should know that you cannot always see spot these pieces. There are some species of tapeworms whose broken body bits are just too small to catch. However, if these dried segments are stuck to the fur of your cat, it will experience itchiness and irritability at its butt area. To deal with this, your cat may drag its tushie across a surface such as the floor.

But there are also those kind of tapeworms whose segments will always journey through the anus and you can always see it in your cat’s poop without trouble.

There are also a species of tapeworm- whose body fragments will almost look like cucumber seeds or that of which of sesames.

Although we are focusing on tapeworms in this particular article, here are some usual symptoms of worms in your cats. These can be regarding any worms and not just tapeworms; but they may be a common symptom too.

  • Diarrhea
  • As mentioned above already, pieces of the tapeworm found in the cat’s stool.
  • Blood found in the stool.
  • Bloating in the abdomen region.
  • Loss of weight.
  • Puking
  • Cough
  • Problem in breathing.
  • Constipation.

How did my cat get the tapeworm?

Most commonly, cats get these worms inside of them by consuming the host. For instance, a cat may get a tapeworm egg inside it by eating an adult flea. Be careful because your cat can swallow many other carriers of these worms as well. Other examples of possible transmitters and those of which your cat is very likely to swallow may be: small rodents, birds, rabbits and other such similar sources.

Therefore, primarily, cats can get tapeworms while scavenging, especially in dirty, heavily unhygienic places. 

Moreover, cats mainly get infected with tapeworms themselves when they eat the fecal matters of an infected cat. Moreover, it is also important to know that mothers can pass on her worms to her children.

How do I treat my cat with tapeworms?

There are steps that you might want to follow in treating your cat with tapeworm; as doing so may help you in the process.

  1. If you suspect that your cat may have tapeworms, then keep an eye for small white items that resemble rice in your cat’s fur. To inform you, when a tapeworm reproduces it lays thousands of eggs into a sack like bag. These egg containers are called proglottids and the tapeworm shed off this proglottids, when they travel out of the cat’s anus. And this is how these white colored, rice-like things end up in your cat’s fur. Therefore, if you spot any, take your cat to the vet.
  2. Take a sample of this white stuff to your vet for testing. Your vet will study the sample of the proglottids and conclude the type of tapeworm your cat is hosting. Based upon this information, your vet will prescribe to you a tapeworm product that will have the ingredient praziquantel.

Preventing tapeworm infection in the first place

  1. Do not let your cat hunt! Because, rats, garbage and other items found while scavenging are an ideal source to contract tapeworms from; especially the taenia type of it.
  2. Have your cat treated for fleas. Fleas are also another primary source of tapeworms. Therefore, it is important that your cat/s and all other pet animals in your home get treated for fleas. You can use flea products and apply it following the instructions on it. Although all kind of flea products are effective, the best results come from products that contain Frontline, Frontline Plus and Efipro.
  3. Get your cat medically checked for fleas between every 3 months. If you see tapeworm egg sack in your cat’s fur, then you have to get him or her de-wormed.
  4. Just like this, if you see that your cat has fleas, then you should use a product for fleas and a product for tapeworms as well; because, fleas can be a sign of potential tapeworm infection.

Additional Information

  1. If your cat is an outdoor cat and stays outside the house most of the time, then you should give your cat a deworming tablet after every 7 days.
  2. However, if your cat is an indoor cat and does not go outside, then you can give your cat this tablet after intervals of three months.

Remember: if your cat has a weight of 4 kg, then you can give your cat a whole single tablet. You should always give your cat this tablet according to this proportion. For example, half a tablet for a cat who weighs 2 kg.

A tablet that has been broken and a part of it was fed, the remaining part should not be put aside for later use. A fresh tablet should be used every time your cat is to be fed.

The power and type of the tablet largely depends on your cat’s weight, age and size so make sure to consult with your vet right.   

Along with a deworming tablet, your cat can also be injected for tapeworms.

There is not actually anything more to treating tapeworms and treating with either a deworming tablet or injections is basically all the treatment there is.   

Do not worry, if your cat has tapeworms. Just stay alert for the symptoms and take him or her to the vet in time and obey the vet’s instructions well. Your cat will soon recover in no time! And make sure your cat does not scavenge from next time! Good luck! 

Paula Anderson
 

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