Cat Care: Fleas & Parasites : What Kind of Worms Does My Cat Have?


Let’s talk about what types of worms your
cat can possibly have. There are three worms that we most associate with cats, one being
round worms, two being hook worms, and three being tape worms. Now very commonly a cat
could have internal parasites or worms and you may not notice a thing. Young kittens
especially though can be symptomatic. You can see diarrhea from worms, you can see thinning
or weight loss. You can see a large abdomen, vomiting all sorts of things just kind of
failure to thrive appearance. But if you are seeing something in a stool, talk to your
regular clinic or put that specimen in a ziplock bag and run it to your veterinary clinic and
they can help you. The typical types of parasites that we see visually in a cat come out in
the stool sometimes are round worms. This is a spaghetti looking type of worm. They
are round but long. So you see this especially in young kittens because they, all kittens
have round worms typically. Another type of parasite that you do see visually quite often
would be tapeworms that they get from ingesting fleas. Tapeworms the actual worm itself, stays
within the body but the segments of the tapeworm actually get dislodged and come out through
the stool and so in a cat if under their tail they have a little dry rice appearing segments
of worms those are tapeworms. But talk to your regular clinic first as far as prevention
and treatment and control if you think your cat possibly has worms.

6 Replies to “Cat Care: Fleas & Parasites : What Kind of Worms Does My Cat Have?”

  1. I need help. My cat has a potbelly, she is like two years old. Well, she had an eye infection that I got medicine for and it cleared up. Now her eye has a white spot over it. But her belly is like swinging from side to side. She does throw up some times. I am just alarmed because I don't know but me and my daughter have clear spaghetti mucus that is clear but looks odd in our stool. I need help, my doctors say it's nothing but my daughter stool look scary. Please help

  2. Me again, and I have weird pains all the side on my right side of stomach.. could be related, my cat was from the pound, and when I got her they had an outbreak infection and they closed down the cat section for three weeks

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