A tapeworm in anyone can be a bit of nasty business and you’ll want to take steps to remove them from your body, if you have one. The same holds true for cats. If your cat has a tapeworm, you’ll want to help her with treatment, to get rid of this troublesome parasite. In order to do that, you’ll have to know a little bit about tapeworms and how best to remove them from a host. In that regard, this article has helpful information on “How To Treat Tapeworms In Cats”.

Tapeworms Explained
Veterinarians consider cat tapeworms to be minor parasites. Simply because they don’t inflict any long term damage to your cat. However, if your cat is a host to multiple tapeworms, she can potentially lose weight, when these parasites take all the nutrients from her digested food. 

There is all so the possibility, that a tapeworm can travel from your cat’s small intestines, to her stomach. If this is the case, you might witness your cat vomiting a real live tapeworm onto the floor.

How To Check For Tapeworms?
As stated above, cats can potentially vomit up a live tapeworm. This is an obvious indication, that your cat is infested and she could possible be hosting more. 

Another sign to look for, is unaccountable weight loss. If your cat is dropping pounds, but her diet hasn’t changed, then this is cause for concern. 

Also, keep an eye out for what is known as “proglottids”. These rice-sized, egg filled, tapeworm pieces, can be found in your cat’s feces. Also, check to see if they are crawling near her anus. If your cat is rolling, rubbing or scooting across the floor, then it is possible that a proglottids is irritating her skin.

Treatments
The good news is that there are safe and effective treatments for tapeworms. If a veterinarian diagnoses that your cat does indeed have a tapeworm, he/she will give you medicinal treatment designed to remove the tapeworm, which is called “Dewormer”. A Tapeworm Dewormer can be taken orally, but they can also be injected.

The dewormer dissolves the tapeworm in the intestines, so you won’t see it come out in the litter box. This medication is considered safe and should not cause any negative reactions.

However, the best treatment is prevention. Consider using flea control treatments, to prevent your pet from ingesting fleas—which are hosts for tapeworms. Also, if fleas are a problem, then you may need to keep your cat indoors more often.

Tapeworms don’t spread around like a cold, however, they can be transmitted via fleas, other animals and in some cases human beings.

Other Common Worms Found In Cats
Although a tapeworm is commonly found in cats, there are other worms that can also be a nuisance.  Below are a few, in which it is helpful to be aware.

Roundworms – This is considered the more common worm found in cats. A mothers infected milk can transfer them to her kittens or older cats can get them by eating an infected mouse.

Hookworms – Although these are more common in canines, cats are also susceptible to hookworms. Once ingested or transferred through skin contact, they reside in the animal’s small intestines. Hookworms can cause anemia, by feeding on an animal’s blood.

Non-Intestinal Worms – Eyeworms, heartworms and lungworms are a few more type of worms that reside in areas of the body outside the gastrointestinal tract.

In Conclusion
Worms can be quite an annoyance to your beloved cat. However, since they don’t cause any permanent damage and they’re pretty easy to remove, managing any worm issue shouldn’t be a big deal. Just pay close attention to your cat and try to notice any change in behavior or weight. If this is the case, you may want to consult a vet, to see if it is worms causing the issues. Thanks for reading “How To Treat Tape Worms In Cats”.