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Tapeworm on A CAT-HELP!

What do I do---what caused this???

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Asked by mikko2285 at 8:33 PM on Mar. 29, 2009 in Pets

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  • Dipylidium canium: The most common tapeworm found in cats. The cat flea is the intermediate host of dipylidium canum. Eggs are passed in the faeces & eaten by flea larvae. Once inside the flea larvae, the egg hatches & becomes (cysticercoid). The flea larvae develops into an adult flea, which goes about it's business of parasitising your pet & sucking blood. Your cat (or dog) then ingests the flea during grooming. Once inside the stomach the flea is broken down & the tapeworm is released. It hooks onto the small intestinal wall & develops into an adult tapeworm. Once it reaches maturity (in around 2 - 3 weeks) egg filled segments break off & leave the body via the anus. These segments have the appearance of rice grains. These segments are motile (capable of movement). Once these segments have dried out they have the appearance of sesame seeds. They are then eaten by flea larvae & so the cycle begins once again.


    Answer by bridynme at 8:50 PM on Mar. 29, 2009

  • Tapeworms come from fleas. So if your cat scratches and licks a flea and swallows it, the cat or dog can get tapeworm. Take your cat to the vet and they'll give you some meds to get rid of it. At least in dogs, tapeworm doesn't show up in the fecal sample and you may have to give a description of why you think it is tapeworm. Can get kind of gross but the vet is used to it. If you are able to get a poo sample with the tapeworm in it while at home, even better.


    Answer by Christina807 at 8:50 PM on Mar. 29, 2009

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    Taenia taeniaeformis: Probably the second most common tapeworm in cats. Cats become infected with taenia taeniaeformis via eating rodents containing the larval tapeworm.


    Answer by bridynme at 8:50 PM on Mar. 29, 2009

  • if you have anymore questions please contact me at a group called animal help

    Answer by bridynme at 8:51 PM on Mar. 29, 2009

  • thanks!

    Answer by mikko2285 at 8:51 PM on Mar. 29, 2009

  • My kitty just has these almost a month ago, ugh! They said she either got them from eating a flea or eating a rodent. Can't imagine where she got a flea from since there isn't one on any of our pets and we've never had rodents. I took her to the vet and they gave her a simple de-worming vaccine and sent us on our way. She's been fine since.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 10:47 PM on Mar. 29, 2009

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