Feline Worms

Cat worms symptoms and treatment

Feline worms are usually parasitic organisms such as tapeworms, hookworms and roundworms. A ringworm, on the other hand, is actually a fungal skin condition. While outdoor cats may be more prone to worms than indoor cats, worms are an issue that all pet owners must be aware of.

Signs and Symptoms of Feline Worms

Early detection is key to avoiding complications with worms. Kittens are especially prone to anemia that may result in death, since they may have contracted worms while still in the womb of an infected mother. There are several things to watch for when identifying feline worms.

Tapeworm in cats is easily identified in the stool, since they shed flat whitish segments of themselves which are observable to the naked eye. Tapeworms are usually contracted when a cat ingests an infected flea while grooming.

Roundworms and hookworms are ingested through feces, contaminated food or through the mother's milk. Both are especially serious in kittens, where anemia (hookworms) or intestinal blockage (roundworms) can be fatal. Cats infected with hookworms may become lethargic and refuse to eat. Roundworms can cause the stomach to feel swollen and hard. Both can be identified through a stool sample.

Ringworm in cats causes a circular lesion on the surface of the skin and is easy to spot. Patches of hair loss is a common symptom. Sometimes, frequent scratching of the infected areas may be observed.

Treatment and Prevention of Worms in Cats

Roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms in cats can be treated with deworming medication immediately upon diagnosis from a veterinarian. While cat worms can be treated with over-the-counter medications, it is best that a vet confirms the diagnosis first. Tapeworms can be prevented with monthly flea treatments.

Ringworm in cats is caused by direct contact with another infected animal or person. It can be treated with moderate success by using an anti-fungal shampoo used three times every other day. A less stressful treatment is a ringworm medicine administered in tablet form. Ringworm can be prevented with a ringworm vaccine, which will build up an immunity to the fungus in the cat.

Prevention or early diagnosis is important to ensure that cat worms are dealt with before any complications can occur. By watching for early signs and promptly seeking treatment, all types of worms can be treated, ensuring the continued health of the cat.

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I don't know what to do, I've never seen this happen before so will soemone please help me? My cat today was meowing and he sounded in pain so I looked at his rear end, an a HUGE Red thing was sticking out I couldn't tell what it was cause it went back in? And then puss and stuff came out, an I feed him 3 times daily and he's normally a huge cat, but he's really skinny? Someone help ??
Posted by Vita on June 17,2014 at 11:09 AM
Please take your cat to the vet-it's definitely possible he has worms, although in my experience (not professional) they're often white and look like grains of rice. The other thought I had was the possibility of an infection or inflammation, because it almost sounds like a hemeroid. And the pus and weight loss is a sure sign something isn't right. I know how hard it can be to pay for vet visits and meds, but most vets are willing to work out a payment plan. It's so important that you rely on a real visit to a vet, not the computer. (But the support is nice!) Hope he feels better soon!
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I appreciate the article. Another site I found that was rather helpful was http://www.catworms.org
Posted by Shar on June 12,2012 at 08:01 PM
Today, I came home from work and noticed that one of my kittens (they are 8 months old litter mates) missed the litter box and stool was smeared on floor instead. I was a little upset but thought it strange (I am pretty new to this) for my kittens to miss the litter. I quickly bleached and cleaned up their area, any surface that they may have been sitting on during the day and quarantined both kittens from the rest of the house. I noticed that one of my kitten's eyes were glazed and runny but thought maybe it was her allergies. When she rose to jump on the cat pedestal I noticed a long string hanging from her butt!!! It looked like a long piece of thread but then she went to the rug and being to scoot her rear on it. She's always been fidgety but I never saw her do that....so I began to freak out! I grabbed some rubber clothes and paper towels to remove the string and it was rubbery! So I thought maybe it is worms??? I am frustrated if this is the case because I have spent ALOT of money since they were 12 weeks old taking them to the VET for vaccines, deworming and flea/tick prevention. My other kitten seems fine. Please advise.
Posted by Shyna on October 02,2012 at 01:47 PM
Go to tractor supply and buy womer for tapeworm, round worm, hook worm and every other kind of worm. Do this at least 2 times a year maybe more and then you shoul be fine. Sometimes just 1 treatment is fine but it depends on how long they have them and to what degree...
Posted by jamie on May 14,2012 at 02:00 AM
No med will not kill tapeworm go to feed store n they have tapeworm med
Posted by Koobie on February 12,2012 at 03:01 PM
People, animals need Vets and medicine just as we do. If you want a healthy happy cat you need a Vet. Don't be cheap and reuse to worm your cat. Especially outdoor cats. They can ingest worms though things they may eat, or from dirt, or from anywhere. Particularly if they are eating birds or small lizards etc. They are wild animals and all carry worms. Please people, if you love your animal you need to treat them properly with love and care.
Posted by unreg on February 17,2012 at 10:47 PM
Uh,I only called the vet as soon as i could find a phone.It is the middle of the night and i can't sleep unless I know how long it takes those pills to work.I just can't sleep with a animal who has worms crawling out her bumbum.Sweetest cat ever but this is just really gross.I just rescued her from the pound 2 weeks ago I don't care if it is $500,I don't "wait see" for no worms.However the vet knew over the phone what I saw and it was a grand total of $7.50 to get her the proper prescription direct from her vet.
Posted by Erin on January 30,2012 at 09:14 AM
Wow people. Ok, if your cat has A WORM COMING OUT OF ITS ANUS, get off of the message boards and take your cat to the vet. Common sense. Stop asking people if its a worm and do something about it. If you think there's a problem, take the animal to the vet. I hate to be mean, but it's all pretty obvious. If that was your child, he/she would be to the doctor in a heartbeat. You know your pet better than any of us do...worms require medical attention, please seek it.
Posted by kDub on October 09,2014 at 07:25 AM
It's people like you that make some people who need help with animals not want to ask any questions when it's impossible to take the animal to the vet at this time! And yes, I've heard crazy people on this type of website say that if you can't afford to take them to the vet then you have no business having an animal, but when people drop cats off at your house out in the country and your landlord wants to kill them instead of taking them on, but you cannot let that happen, well, I start feeding them. It's not a perfect world where everyone has the money to take their animals to the vet, unless you want to pay for the many cats that live here to go to the vet, I'll gladly take my pets! If not, then shut up and stop trying to make other people feel bad about not being able to take them to the vet!
Posted by catman on October 20,2012 at 11:17 AM
That's not at all necessarily true. In many cases all you need is one tiny pill (you don't have to take your kids to the doctor's if they have worms either, you only need to know how to treat it)
Posted by michelle on March 16,2012 at 09:56 AM
i have been feeding a cat thats ouside in my back yard. she isnt my cat and i noticed her belly is swollen ( i thought she was pregnant) and the other day i noticed a small worm coming out of her butt so i wanted to know if it was too late to do something for her. i went to pet supplies plus and got some meds. i hope it helps her. i cant bring her in my house since i have two indoor cats who turned 12 yrs this year and they wouldnt appreciate it.
Posted by Stacy on February 09,2012 at 11:30 AM
Erin--I understand logically you would think people should just get off the "message boards" and take the cat to the vet, and while your finances may allow you to drop 130-150 dollars for a vet bill, many people's do not. So, in saying that, many people go onto these boards to ask other people who have had experience the issue, what the type of work was, etc. so that they can go buy over the counter medication, which actually does work. There are 3 different types of cat worms, so if you can't afford a vet, it's nice to ask what is what so you are buying the medication. Doesn't this seem logical? Again, many of us don't just have 150 laying around to take our cat to the vet today, or next month for that matter.
Posted by Bobby on May 18,2012 at 02:16 PM
Exactly right Stacy, I see this on every forum I've ever been on concerning animals. Go to the vet! Go to the Vet! No shit Sherlock. If I had the money to go to the vet every time my cats got sick I would not be on here to start with. So save it.
Posted by Responsible Pet Owner on February 18,2012 at 02:11 PM
If you can't afford the vet, you shouldn't own a pet.
Posted by dedicated pet lover on June 06,2012 at 05:43 PM
RPO, you are a grade A sack of horse $%!+, go eat a wormy flea and die. People like you are the reason I don't volunteer in an animal shelter anymore. This world runs on money, economies dictate what people can afford, when the value of something goes down (special knowledge, ie health care) and the cost of that thing doesn't (ie a doctor or vets visit) then people will look for other sources to find it at the best market rate (ie free on the internet). Maybe 20yrs ago the only place to find that information was a vets office but that just isn't true anymore. Accurate diagnosis and treatment for specific problems can be learned in a few hours on the internet that is more than equal to a vets visit (because thousands of others have peer-reviewed the advice). This is the 21st century, stop holding on to ancient forms of commerce, let go of the past and embrace technology.
Posted by rj on March 04,2012 at 04:35 PM
Don't worry Rita,about the rude posters, they are what people call blog bullies, they are everywhere. The know it alls of the universe. People have legitimate questions and the bullies come on to respond to make people look stupid. They need a virtual bullet! Anyhow.....I wanted to let you know if you have a spay and nueter clinic in your area and you can google that if you're not sure, they most likely will not charge for a visit, just the medication. At least the one's in my area do not. Or just give your county humane society a call and they can direct you. And by the way you ARE a responsible pet owner, you are seeking information online so that means you DO care about your pets. Good luck, i hope everything works out for you.
Posted by Rita on February 25,2012 at 08:15 AM
So your saying because I am disabled and on a fixed income a stray cat starving is better off being On the streets than with me a loving companion, just because I don't make a certain amount of money. You are rude and very ignorant. I love my cat and she is the ONLY companionship I have because I'm too disabled to interact with others. I saved her life by taking her in and she saved mine by loving me. What is wrong with inquiring before spending tons of money that most don't have, especially in this Economy. If I found no solution I would take her to a vet that takes sliding scale fees. There are programs for poor people because they believe pet ownership can be therapeutic. I hope you never have to experience sickness or poverty, but if you do, I hope others are more understanding towards you than you've been.
Posted by Mccayde on January 16,2012 at 06:21 PM
People noramlly pay me for this and you are giving it away!
Posted by jackie rush on May 26,2013 at 04:14 PM
@Mccayde, Maybe I mistook your comment as meaning no one should be giving suggestions to the question free cause you get paid to help animals like your a vet? anyway if that is what you meant you are a selfish, uncaring person and I don't know why you'd be even reading the help or question side of anything! Some people do not have the money (but, yes they can and do have enough to feed and take normal vet care) but these emergencies maybe a little much to take to a vet everytime! If they can get help then maybe the feed store carries what they need and they can still help their pets, they would not be on here if they didn't care and aren't trying to help! My cat can't be seen at the vet for anything less than 300 dollars cause he bites, scratches, and is a danger when scared so he has to be put in a plastic box immediately and gassed to sleep to even do a physical. I would need help in narrowing it down myself cause of this but believe me if I had to I'd sell my motorcycle or anything else to get the money if no other safe way! I pray you were not being ugly and meant it they way it seems cause if you did, I hope you never make another dollar off a pet owner!!!
Posted by Hector on January 13,2012 at 11:30 PM
I'm sorry, but the lady in the video is not helpful, to say the least. In fact, it just scares you and call you ignorant, as if you were unable to acquire the knowledge to take care of your cat.
Posted by Josephine Eckert on January 13,2012 at 04:18 PM
I have a 2 yr. old female cat that I rescued from our neighborhood. I had a spayed at the end of Nov. '12 and got advantage from the vet. She has all her shots and booster shots and the vet says she's in very good health. For a day and an half she's been whining but couldn't figure out why. I caught her dragging her butt on the carpet by her litter pan and just said to her in a playful way, "what are you doing", she then went into her litter pan and came out when she thought I wasn't looking. I picked her up and saw that there was a flat off white color type worm coming out of her anus. I pulled on it and got about 4 or 5 inches out. What kind of worm is this?
Posted by april on June 30,2014 at 11:06 PM
ok I just got this kitten from a farm on sunday she has big bright eyes and has been eating and using cat box she is skinny and was just dewormed today but I just found a flatworm hanging from her butt im scared for the other cat and dog we already have and we don't have much money will advantage work for all of them? I have never experienced this even on the farm.
Posted by Susi Phillips on April 28,2012 at 12:55 AM
It is tapeworm and has to be treated immediately...could possibly kill the animal..just found out mine has this..they inject fleas and firstly get advantage not some cheap flea medication...again...I stress...treat this immediately!!!!!
Posted by Gail on January 16,2012 at 05:48 PM
It is a Tapeworm. She needs to be treated as this is a segmented worm that breaks off and there is a lot more where that came from.
Posted by Nicole on January 10,2012 at 04:42 PM
My cat is about a year and a half old. She had her first round of shots when we adopted her at a pet adoption agency. Today we found something on her that we thought could be a worm, but are unsure because it was really small, white, and moving. Looking at pictures online I think that it is not a worm but I was hoping for some help determining what it could be. It was about the size of the head on a ball point pen. If anyone could help me, I would really appreciate the help. Thanks.
Posted by Krista on December 18,2011 at 06:18 AM
I just got a little 12 week old kitten. The people we got it from said its mother is a stray that frequently has babies and they cant catch her but they do catch the kittens most of the time and then bring them inside. She was just fixed which she hasn't shown any signs of at all but this morning she threw up a little and my boyfriend thought she had eaten a rubber band but then decided it was a worm it was super long, white, round, with a hook at one end. Immediately we gave her the single does of wormer that the vet gave us that goes with her first vaccine. I don't think they checked to see if she had worms or what specific type, I think they said that the wormer just goes with the first and second shot in the vaccine series. Will this be enough to get rid of her worms?
Posted by Chisa Leicht on December 08,2011 at 03:47 PM
My cat is probably about 9 or 10 months old and randomly formed a bald smot underneath his chin....like on the neck almost. and its not quite a scab but deffinately feels like a scab. (hard and ruff feeling). Also, he eats SO much food, and when he goes poop, sometimes a thick, jelly like blob of blood drips out of his uranus. Are these some kinds of syptoms of a type of worm/s? Its all starting to worry me. I'd appreciate any type of advise or suggestions or even answers of why this is happening.
Posted by Tania on December 14,2011 at 11:41 PM
Probably a ring worm and u should definitely take him to the vet like yesterday.....blood in stool or urine is NEVER a good thing
Posted by Cyndi on March 18,2012 at 08:08 PM
WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU!!!!!! Why didn't you ALREADY take the cat to a vet!!! GET OFF YOUR BUTT AND TAKE THE CAT TO THE VET ALREADY, STOP LOOKING AT WEB SITES. I really can't understand people like YOU. What if YOU had a jelly like blob of blood drip out of you anus, you would already be at the doctors office,
Posted by Bernadette Collins on November 09,2012 at 11:30 PM
Some people can't afford a doctor for themselves...let alone their pet's ! With the economy like it is....If you can't afford a vet, the next best thing is to try and get some advice...
Posted by Sue on November 27,2011 at 06:10 AM
i have a 8 month old kitten and i noticed that she was gagging,,then once she threw up i saw a long white worm and a few little ones crawling in her vomite...is this a dangerous matter and can it harm me and my son and even my dog,,,she has been acting weird,attacking people alot by the feet andeating alot..the dog food to,,is the worm thing have something to do with my dog having itches all the time,,,i need to know if i have to get rid of my cat asap cause i don`t want ,,us to get sickc over this,,she`s been gagging alot,,,i`m worried about this worm thing is it a contagious thing for humans,,,another thing she goes outside a little bit during the day time but stays on the patio,,can these little worms get into my furniture,,and what can i do to get rid of them all if there`s more in my home,,please help me before we get sick,,,
Posted by tina on July 18,2012 at 06:03 PM
i feel the same way if u were sick should the world get rid of u asap. jesss my cat is my baby, n i have 3 kids to but i would never give up my cat if she were to get sick u take a kitten or cat in and thats taking on a responsibility u cant just get rid of it asap. you need to take it to the vet. it just makes me upset that people say things like that. my neighbor moved out n instead of finding a home for him she just left him n he couldnt be caught by anyone so stayed outside all winter, w/o food or anyone to feed or take care of him
Posted by Michelle on April 23,2012 at 08:24 PM
I hope when u get sick your family gets rid of you.. I'm not a mean spirited person, but I couldn't help letting u know how appalling your comment is.. You can not catch worms from your cat. If that makes you feel any better. But obviously when your animal is acting different you should take her to the vet. She's acting aggressive because she's in Pain. A simple inexpensive trip to the vet will clear up her worm problem. You however should not be a pet owner if your logical response to your pet needing vet care is to give her away.. Would u give ur son away when he gets sick too for fear you might catch what he has. Ughh it's people like you why animal shelters are over crowded with unwanted pets dropped there by owners who don't care to take full responsibility for them. I hope u get this message and ponder over how u might feel if your family denied you of medical attention then gave u away, cause they didn't want to catch what you have... Disgusting.
Posted by MsKitty on January 13,2012 at 10:44 AM
You need to take a stool sample to your vet right away. They will tell you what kind of worm it is, and they are easily treatable. And yes, some worms are contagious to humans. Good luck.
Posted by crb34 on September 05,2012 at 12:53 AM
sounds exactly like a hook worm - which would not be contagious to humans. If your worst concern is your furniture and your first instinct is to get rid of her rather than take care of her, why did would you take her in to begin with? If my kittens were throwing up I would be freaking out wondering what was wrong with them - wanting to make them BETTER asap, not get rid of them. What an awful thought.
Posted by amy on November 18,2011 at 02:02 PM
my cat had kittens and they are about 3 months old and i noticed one of them throwing up this morning and when i went to clean it up and i saw a long white worm... and i'm not sure what to do.. I as well as others dont really have the money to pay for the vet.. and i idk if deworming them will do anything or not?? let alone i'm affraid all the cats could have it or let alone if my family could catch it??? any suggestions??? i have a 2 yr old daughter and im worried for her sake..
Posted by Sophie preston on December 13,2011 at 05:06 AM
Pleasoe go to the store or online pet pharmacy and buy some dewormer. it is not that expensive and all companion animals should be regularly deflead and dewormed. Also your kittens will soon need to be neutered to stop them breeding between themselves, which come charities help with the cost if you are on low income. Please consider the costs of pets before breeding or obtaining them. There is no danger to your child but please get your cats treated as it could kill them. especially kittens.
Posted by Charla on November 08,2011 at 03:22 PM
Hi my cat just got diagnosed with tapeworms at the vet late in the afternoon yesterday, I am wondering if his human mom or dad can get the tapeworm (earlier in the morning yesterday) because his human mom noticed that there was a white maggot wiggling type and it also stretched then contract itself before she wiped it off on paper towel and washed her hands immediately.
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Posted by Bella on October 30,2011 at 02:24 PM
My fiance and I noticed this morning little white worm like things coming out of my 2 year old cats butt. We don't have money to take him to the vet right now. His eating has picked up very little but he hasn't been loosing weight as far as we can tell. What can I do to get rid of the little worm things without paying an arm and a leg.
Posted by unregestered on February 17,2012 at 10:40 PM
I called my vet and got a pill for $7.50,they knew what it was over the phone.tapeworm from flee eggs.I am just on here wondering when they will be gone exactly.I can't sleep with little worms falling out of butts of animals that want to sleep in my bed.
Posted by Sher on September 04,2011 at 08:01 PM
My cat has tapeworm and I'm currently in the process of deworming him. However i find there is more worms coming out or dried up around his bottom than ever before...Is this because of the medication??? He only had his first pill 3 days ago. I figured he would just excrete them out in his stool. Not sure what to expect.
Posted by Heather on September 02,2011 at 03:24 PM
I have a kitten maybe 4 or 5 months old, me and my husband know that he has worms, but we don't know what kind. He is really fat in the stomach area, has all kinds of muscle in the front, but no muscle on his back end, he looks really sickly. We tried calling all the local vets but they cost way to much, i don't have the money that their asking for. Is there any home remedies i can try?
Posted by dawn on September 22,2012 at 04:35 PM
i got wormer from vet called advocatt but it didnt say it killed tape worms just hookworms earmites and other worms it didnt work now use bob martins spot on wormer lasts 3 months not seen any worms since useing it a month ago so it works and didnt cost as much as the vets so im sticking to that
Posted by Koobie on February 12,2012 at 02:59 PM
If you aren't prepared to pay for a Vet, don't get an animal. That's just plain animal cruelty. That is like having a child but refusing to take it to a Doctor.
Posted by crb34 on September 05,2012 at 01:03 AM
I completely diagree. Yes, you should be able to pay for spay/neuter and absolutely be sure you can pay for basic care such as food, but for worms, which the vet will just give you the same thing for OTC, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to take them to the vet if you can't afford it. - however I would say that if he's as sickly as Heather states I would have to break down and spend the money and take him. I'd rather eat ramen for a couple weeks than have my cat get seriously ill. There are too many animals being put down every day for someone to make a statement like that. A good, caring home is better than being put down or abandoned.
Posted by Kay on July 13,2012 at 06:13 AM
I feel it was very rude of you to post this. My husband and I just found a stray kitten and cant afford to take to the vet, we care for all our animals, and its much better that they are in a loving home, rather in a shelter where they could be put to sleep at anytime. It is not wrong to try and find a more affordable way to treat our animals.
Posted by Lynne Gudes on January 04,2013 at 06:55 PM
Check with your local shelter. Our local shelter is really nice about doing some low cost work for people who rescue strays and can't afford to pay for the high priced spread but are willing to give the animal a home. Perhaps the vet at the shelter will help you out. Let them know that the kitten is a rescue and that you can't afford a fortune...you do need to do the spay or neuter, but again, through the shelter, that will be super cheap. Bless you for trying to help this kitten.
Posted by Kimberly on October 15,2011 at 02:07 AM
I just de-wormed my cat yesterday morning after finding the segments. I had purchased cat tapeworm pills at my local farm supply store, Rural King. I don't know if you have a store like that close by, but if I remember right, those pills were around $15. They also had them for the roundworms and hookworms. Let's just say it was abosolutely 100% effective!! Poor thing.. it was wrapped around her tail and I had to finish pulling it out! It was disgusting! Poor baby though. Good luck to you! If you don't see the white rice like segments around where he sleeps or on his behind or in his litter box, he probably has one of the other two.
Posted by Sophie preston on December 13,2011 at 05:09 AM
If you dont get it treated your kitten will die! please be a responsible owner and treat your pet for any pest it can get such as fleas and worms regularly. If you cannot afford vets costs maybe you can not afford a cat! Also when it comes to neutering your cat at 6months, please ensure you have the finances for this or ultimately it will cost you and others more in the long run when it breeds and causes more unecessary burden on cat owners/rescues and cat health. There are charities that can help with costs if you are on low income.
Posted by Kevin on February 01,2012 at 09:03 PM
Sophie I find you are a very ignorant person to make a comment like that on a message board of others discussing problems they are having and possible treatments of their pets, not for people like you to come on and belittle them because you feel you are better. Surprise your not but you are just another ignorant snob!!!!
Posted by Lisa and PJ on August 19,2011 at 10:20 PM
My kitten has white worms in its stool and PJ took like four of them out of its stool and they stuck to his finger and then put thenm on paper and they dried out... we dont have much money for a vet with school coming up and I have three children to buy for, anyway does any one know what this mght be and how can we treat that is affordable... we have other pets and we have the kitten isolated in a carring case and we put it out to eat and drink and then put in the litter so it will go to the bathroom. but are my pets and children in any harm? I called the humane society and the spca and they were of no help.. just for me to take to the vet... We have no money..
Posted by Mary on November 28,2011 at 02:35 PM
Petco has a veterinarian come in - Luv My Pet - which offers reasonable vaccinations and also diagnoses for worms. My niece found a little kitten in her other aunt's basement and really wanted to keep it. We noticed when she got sick and threw up there were little white worms wiggling around (they promptly died). We looked up Petco services to find out where the veterinarian would be and went (I admit we had to drive about 40 mins to the Petco where they were that weekend - they travel from store to store in my area). They dewormed the kitten there and it only cost $20. She got to see a licensed veterinarian and got dewormed and "aged" as we did not know how old she was. I highly recommend looking into programs like this - especially when short on cash - having an animal can be expensive but it is worth it - they count on us to provide the care they need.
Posted by Lisa Dotter on August 28,2011 at 03:10 PM
When my cat had worms I didn't have alot of money as well. I did alot of research, find out what type of worms it is, then go to canadavet.com. They have all sorts of meds that you would buy at the vet and you don't have to have a prescription for them. I have been ordering all sorts of stuff there for real cheap for how long now for my cats/dogs. Works great.
Posted by Squeek on August 20,2011 at 08:20 AM
However, you could also look around online and at some pet stores to see if there are any over-the-counter de-worming (for tapeworms) medicine...but this is all assuming that is what kind of worms the kitten has. Although, as I said, it's better to take the kitten to the vet than to risk doing harm or the kitten getting worse and/or dying.
Posted by Squeek on August 20,2011 at 08:23 AM
Also, yes. Tapeworms can spread to other animals if exposed to infected fleas or if they ingest the tapeworms. Infestation of tapeworms in humans is rare, and would only occur if they ingested the tapeworms or infected fleas.
Posted by Squeek on August 20,2011 at 08:14 AM
Sounds like it may be tapeworms. Tapeworms can be prevented by tending to a flea problem the kitten may have. (if it's 8 weeks, or older, and has fleas I would suggest bathing it with flea shampoo.) Taking a kitten to the vet to get de-wormed only cost me *maybe* $20....but that was along with medicine for the stray kitten's (that we found) eye infection, Revolution for his mites and fleas, and an antibiotic shot. It isn't nearly as expensive as people think to take an animal to get checked at a vet. If it's super expensive at one vet, call around to compare prices. It's *always* better to be safe than sorry.
Posted by lara on March 14,2012 at 01:35 PM
well, I have two kittens that I adopted from the spca. brought them home, day 3 they both showed signs of an upper resp. infection. had to pay $50 a peice just to have them seen, then $$0 a piece for meds, find out they have fleas, so another $20 a cat for flea treatment. now it turns out they both have tape worms so that's another $50 a cat for the visit and then for meds. so...I would say that it is super expensive to have kittens. not to mention they both still need a second distemper and to both be rechecked for thier URI's.
Posted by Brook on August 18,2011 at 01:40 AM
Rounds and hooks have many treatments over the counter. Read the lane first if it says toxcara canis that's the roundworm for dogs and won't work in cats even though the labor claims it will work in cats. However feed stores seem to have the most reliable dewormer. However tapeworms can be prevented by flea preventative but there is nothing over the counter for the treatment. Drontal or droncit are the most common to treat tapeworms and you can only get for a vet. Tapeworms are contracted differently that's why the other dewormers do not work. That parasite is only contracted from ingestion of fleas. If younger roundworm medicine you will still have tapeworms. You may not always see the segments due to shedding process but the worm is still in ur kitten/pup. Tapes are one huge worm that shed segments similar to the tapeworm humans get. Hope this helps.
Posted by DV on May 02,2012 at 11:55 AM
Thanks...this is probably the most helpful info Ive seen on here
Posted by Jennifer Williams on August 17,2011 at 10:52 AM
Do these tape worms everyone is speaking of cause blood in stool? Help have 2 week old kittens.
Posted by crb34 on September 05,2012 at 01:04 AM
If your 2 WEEK OLD kitten has blood in their stool I would highly recommend taking them to the vet ASAP.
Posted by tammy on August 09,2011 at 06:28 PM
I have 2 brother just turned 1 yrs old kittys. I built an outdoor kennel which does include their very own sandbox/litterbox. I clean it on a daily basis and once a week I do bleach and water down the entire box and ground in early a.m. and let the sun do its thing. I also lock kitty door for 24 hrs to keep them indoors to make sure that the ground and box is free of the bleach and will not harm my babies. My proplem is I went out today to clean the box as I scooped the last poop I did notice it was filled completely with rice like looking worms. At first I thought fly maggots but as I got to reading they could be tapeworms? outside of this one time all else has been ordinary. Any suggestions on what I should do or what they could be? Little white worms with little black head is how Id describe them
Posted by Bre on July 01,2011 at 03:40 AM
My kittens have tapeworms, I know that because I am seeing the same little grains of rice described above. However we do have two bottles of roundworm treatment around the house. Does anyone know if I can use this to kill the tapeworm(s)?
Posted by Pat on July 08,2011 at 05:20 PM
You should use tapeworm medicine. You can get Felex Plus All Wormer Paste for Cats from Drs. Smith & Foster (I think) from their website or maybe from Canada Vet. Not too expensive and works great. Comes in a syringe and you just put it in the side of the cat's mouth and push the plunger.
Posted by Debbie on May 22,2011 at 10:33 PM
We just have gotten a free puppy he is only 10 weeks old he is a small chiwauwa/terrier. He is flea infested, and his ribs are sticking out from malnutrition, and i see why hes so skinny and so hungry we just seen a very very small worm in his feces. It was a small worm smaller than a grain of rice and yellowish in color it is the smallest little dog worm ive ever seen. It looks straight not flat on ends. It only wiggled for a few seconds and died, maybe it is only a peice of a worm. Does anyone have a clue if this is a tapeworm? Maybe it was just a broken off segment to the tapeworm. I see on the internet that most the time if your puppy is flea infested its probably a tape worm. Any advice is is appreciated. it was a yellowish cream color while it was wiggling now its dead and gotten orangish brown color??
Posted by mycatjazmine on January 17,2011 at 04:21 PM
My cat, Jazmine is a female. But she is a 1 year old Calico Cat. Last year, though, I woke up to find that there were worms all over her tail and it freaked me out. My question is: What type of food should I get her? I'm very confused and worried she is very ill. By the way, if ur wondering how old I am, I'm 10, and in 4th grade. I want u 2 know that because I am a cat lover and can worry alot about all 4 of my cats. If u have an answer for my question, please reply to me!
Posted by Dennis on March 20,2011 at 08:40 PM
time to visit the vet... your cat has worms and will infect your other cats and maybe even yourself. Don't waste anytime as this could be fatal to your cat.
Posted by krystin schletter on October 11,2010 at 04:37 PM
my cat buddy .. has these sores on his left hine side.. they leak a white reddish puss.. im not sure if its ring worm or what.. some one plzz tell me what this is
Posted by Seriously on October 20,2010 at 09:47 AM
If you cay has sores leaking pus you should take him/her to the vet pronto. Especially, if the sore just appeared. There is no way anyone on the internet can tell you what it is exactly without seeing it; you can describe it all you want but all anyone can say is that it is 'probably this or that' Either way with something like sore that have pus the obvious thing is to go to the vet.
Posted by Michele on October 02,2010 at 09:56 PM
I too found a what I belieive to be rice worm around my cats anus that stretches itself as it moves. He is a good weight and drinks normally. He is never outdoors, strickly an indoor cat, can this be harmful to my cat or my family does anyone know?
Posted by Aileryn on December 13,2011 at 01:41 AM
This a.m. I discovered the same problem with my almost-1yr-old kitten, Luna, and from the 5 hrs i spent online this afternoon researching the issue I feel informed enough to tell you at least this: your cat most likely has tapeworm from ingesting a flea that had it. Since tapeworms are parasitic and cannot survive without a host, the only way you could get one is the same way kitty probably did - by eating a flea with a tapeworm. That said, your biggest concern now will probably be how to rid your home/kitty if fleas, cause chances are if your cat has tapeworm, she has fleas too! The only other possibility is that she contracted it in the womb, in which case I doubt (but about this I'm NOT sure) she'd have just now started to show symptoms/shed segments. Anyway, it goes without saying - but I'm saying it anyways - that the best & healthiest thing to do for kitty/family is what I'm doing first thing tomorrow: feel secure in the knowledge that everything will work itself out in the end oops I mean go see a vet! Hope this helps some :)
Posted by Seriously on October 20,2010 at 09:53 AM
Anything left untreated can be dangerous. If it is ringworm it can easily be transferred to people. The fact that you can see the worms on the anus shows that there is something wrong with your cat. Upon seeing that you should have immediately isolated your cat from your family and taken it to the vet the next day or kept it isolated until you could take it to the vet. And yes worms can be transferred to humans some easier then others but all are possible. It will not hurt to get checked and if by chance you do have it and can't afford the medication for yourself you can try some home remedies.
Posted by BILL BEDFORD on August 31,2010 at 08:08 AM
MY CAT "MEKO" HAS STEADILY LOST WEIGHT, BUT CONTINUES TO EAT AND BE HIS OLD SELF. I DID SUSPECT A TAPE WORM, BUT I SEE NO EVIDENCE. HE IS AN INDOOR CAT, BUT WE TAKE HIM TO THE COTTAGE EACH YEAR AND HE GOES OUTSIDE. AFTER WE GOT HOME THIS PAST SUMMER, WHEN THIS PROBLEM PRESENTED ITSELF. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP THAT YOU CAN GIVE ME. THANK YOU BILL BEDFORD
Posted by Seriously on October 20,2010 at 10:04 AM
If your cat is still alive and you haven't yet you should bring him to the vet. Suddenly loosing weight can be a symptom of anything but seeing as it didn't start until after the cottage it was obviously something he caught while you were there. Indoor cats let outside for the first time or yearly don't just suddenly know everything about the world. A pet has instincts but sometimes that isn't enough to protect it. Your cat could have caught any worm by eating a smaller animal with it. It could very well be anything but collect a stool (with gloves then wash hands) and GO TO THE VET! YOU CAN FIND SYMPTOMS OF INFECTIONS ON THE INTERNET WHICH CAN HELP WITH IDENTIFYING WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR CAT BUT TO ASK BLINDLY AROUND THE INTERNET AND WAIT FOR A REPLY WHEN WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS OBVIOUS IS JUST PLAIN NOW SMART,
Posted by Cale on November 30,2010 at 07:18 PM
My cat is a VERY outdoorsy cat. He has spent a good chunk off his life out there. Recently, i found some of what appears to be his throw-up,but, sitting in this puke was a long, white worm. It reminded me of the "classic" tapeworm. Also, i have reason to believe he has some leakage from his anus. Please help.
Posted by Aimee on June 21,2010 at 11:57 AM
I saw a milky white worm poking out of my kitten's anus and moving around. I've brought the stool samples into the vet and he gave me 2 syringes to give the little guy. He's recently received all of his shots, frontline and was on meds for an upper respiratory infection. My question is, since supposedly the 2 syringes were to get rid of something that the vet found in his stool over 2 weeks ago does that mean he still has worms? Do I need to worry about anything I could contract from it? It was gross, I ended up putting the poor little guy in the bathroom and have been cleaning the house. I have an appt to see the vet next week but should I bring him in before?
Posted by diane on June 09,2010 at 05:04 PM
my cat gets these white worms around his butt, and they are flat and stretch themselves out to be longer. i hate to leave him in the house cause its gross.plus i do see some seseme seed things on the window seal when the cat gets down. when he does get in the house, sometimes he will take off running, then stop dead and bite at his butt. does anyone know what kind of worms they are? thank you
Posted by Jamie on June 14,2010 at 04:48 PM
Your cat has tape worms which are carried by fleas. The sesame seed things are the dead worms. You need to take him to your vet for both flea treatment and for a de-worming shot. My cat had exactly the same worms. It wasn't expensive and my cat obviously felt better after the shot. I give my cat the flea treatment once a month except during the winter months to prevent the return of both fleas and the tape worms.
Posted by Paula on May 23,2010 at 11:52 AM
My cat got up from my lap and when I stood up I noticed a small black worm fall from my lap. It was about 1/2 an inch long and a little bit thicker than the tip of a pin. She's been acting normal but I've also noticed some leakage from her bottom and she has lost a little weight yet has a healthy appetite. Does anyone know what kind of worm that would be in relation to a cat. I've checked her litter box to see if there any there, but I didn't find any. Please help! Thank you very much.
Posted by Bruce smith on March 27,2010 at 03:00 PM
we have a 5 year old male cat alil over weight but a really big baby. he is really general and well mannered. we been noticing sores on is back near the tail under the tail and around the anus. the sore are bloody and hair around the ones near his anus is gone. his tail is chewed up pretty good also. we find wiggling little white/yellowish worm looking things coming out of the anus. also we find little rice maybe longer than that pieces of yellowish worm looking htings in the fur around the anus. he has about licked all the hair on the back of his legs off and has made it bloody. he also bites and chews his tail until its bloody. we love this cat like he is out child but no no money for vet we need something to help out poor baby Rocky
Posted by Terre on May 13,2010 at 02:33 PM
I have a cat who had the same thing wrong I found FungRx it is awesome but unfortunately I heard they went out of business, I was told I may be able to find it on ebay but I haven't tried as yet. It cured our cat in a week, he had sores down to his bone, it was awful. Good luck and please let me know if you find the product. Thanks, Terre buntgroup@aol.com
Posted by kim on May 10,2010 at 09:43 PM
How is Rocky doing? I have 5 cats and am an RN. If he is still sick let me know; I think I can help..
Posted by charlotte on January 22,2010 at 10:53 AM
hi could someone help me out i found like a black worm moving on my crpet woul that be a worm im not sure i have 1 14 wekk old kitten
Posted by KENDRA on December 19,2009 at 12:42 AM
my cat threw up 3 worms. they were about 3.5 to 4 inches long each.. I am haveing the hardest time figureing out what kind of worm it is so i can treat it.. its the weekend and his vet isnt open till monday. the worm is whitish in color and has what looks like other tiny worms inside it.. its very strange to me. I have owned many cats in my life time and never seen anything like it..please help me.
Posted by Adele on June 08,2010 at 09:11 PM
Hi! It sounds like your cat might have tapeworms. Some tapeworms are longer than 3.5 to 4 inches in length. They are white and will show up as looking like white rice in the feces. Do yourself and your cat a favor by bringing it to the vet along with a stool sample. Then they can figure what kind of worm(s) your cat has.
Posted by ellen on February 06,2010 at 03:08 PM
Hi Kendra, Perhaps you could help me? One of my cats also threw up a number of worms that were about the same length and very thin and a light yellow color. I have also had cats my whole life and never seen anything like this did you ever figure out what sort of worms they were? I would appreciate any information... Thanks.
Posted by Christal on November 21,2009 at 05:22 PM
I have 2 indoor cats. A 3 1/2 month old boy & a 6 year old girl. They are both inside cats & we recently treated them for fleas doing an extensive house disinfecting & used fromtline on them. This was 2 weeks ago. Within the last few days I noticed where they lay on the furniture they leave these things. The look exactly like seeds that are on hamburger buns. They are a light beige like color. The kitten has none that are visible. The adult long haired cat had some on the fur of her butt the other day that I removed but not on her anus. I have inspected these things & they do not move & have the texture of "seeds". I have no idea what they are & need help! Please help.
Posted by shanna on March 15,2010 at 04:42 PM
Its tapeworms, my cat also had them if left untreated the cat will lose weight and could become sick, your vet can five you a wormer for both cats to kill it and it will digest with their food
Posted by buster aimee on October 03,2009 at 06:12 PM
I have a 17yr old cat that has a healthy appetite, however, has lost alot of weight in the past few months. He ism primarily an outdoor cat, therefore I cannot tell if it could be a worm problem. Help.
Posted by Nana on May 27,2010 at 10:12 PM
I am havin the same problem at this time. My male cat also has been loosing weight. and eats alot. I am guessing that it might be a tape worm. I am taking him to the vet tomorrow. did you find out what the problem was with your cat.?
Posted by stacey on January 21,2010 at 09:01 PM
have the cat checked for Hyperthyroidism
Posted by Kathy on July 23,2009 at 01:19 PM
You didn't say what color it is, but if it's white and looks like a grain of rice, it's a tapeworm egg. Your cat will be fine until Saturday. Save a stool sample (and the egg) for your vet. Your vet will treat your cat with deworming pills. If you have other cats, ask for extra medicine for them. The worms will go away, but they can come back, especially if your cat goes outdoors or hunts. My cat was treated for worms months ago and now they are back, but my cat kills mice daily, so it's no surprise that they are back again. I hope this helps.
Posted by Joany on August 08,2009 at 08:48 PM
How often do you worm outdoor cats, is there an over the counter product that will work since these 3 cats are considered barn cats? One cat does have evidence of tapeworms.
Posted by Tina on July 22,2009 at 01:57 PM
I found a small white worm in my kittens stool,, it was about 3/16" in length. I don't know what kind it is but I did save it to show to my vet but I don't see him till saturday,,what do I do till then. Her stool has become almost tan in color and very soft for the past four days. Would appreciate any help
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