While your cat will be the healthiest if you prevent infestation with intestinal parasites, cat worm medicine will eradicate most of them should your cat contract them. Cat tapeworm medication and cat worm medicine for other types of worms can be quite different from each other. It is extremely important to have fecal examinations to determine the exact feline intestinal parasite your cat has if intestinal parasites are suspected.
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Flea control is critical in the management and prevention of tapeworm infection. Flea control involves treating the dog and the environment (for more information, see the Client Handouts: Flea Control in Dogs and Flea Control in Cats).Your veterinarian can recommend a safe and effective flea control for your pet. If your dog lives in a flea-infested environment, re-infection with tapeworms may occur in as little as two weeks. Since tapeworm medication is so effective, recurrent tapeworm infections are almost always due to re-infection from fleas and not failure of the product.
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Taenia species - These are tapeworms that are acquired by eating prey or waste containing the infective larval stage. These are much larger tapeworms, often up to one yard (one meter) in length. Intermediate hosts include rodents, rabbits, hares and sheep. The intermediate stages develop hydatid cysts in various organs in the intermediate host. There are effective medications that will eliminate Taenia infections in dogs. If your dog eats prey such as rodents or rabbits, re-infection can occur with passage of tapeworm segments in 6-8 weeks.
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Puppies and kittens started on heartworm medications that contain intestinal wormers do not need to be dewormed every 2 weeks. No heartworm medications are effective against tapeworms, which puppies and kittens get from fleas. Either protect them with flea medications or deworm for tapeworms every 3 months.Ok, now back to your cats. Here’s the good news on the tapeworms: you can buy a tapeworm (doesn’t work for rounds and hookworms) dewormer called Praziquantal over the counter and circumvent a visit to the vet. The bad news is that it’s just as (or more) important to keep the flea count down on your ferals and there’s no easy way to do it. I have witnessed full grown cats die from severe anemia from heavy, chronic flea infestations. At this time, the best longer-acting flea preventatives are topical (there is a safe, long-acting, effective oral medication for dogs but only a short acting product for cats) and I don’t know how you could apply topical products on truly feral cats without confinement and/or sedation. So, go ahead and deworm them but if you noticed weight or hair loss you may need to trap and take them in for a good check up—under sedation of course!
Thanks so much for keeping an eye on these ferals. We, and many shelters have a TNR program (Trap-Neuter-Release) wherein we rely on the community and amazingly dedicated volunteers to identify feral colonies, let us know about them and spay and neuter the bunch. TNR is a critical component to reducing the number of homeless cats and keeping new generations of kittens out of shelters. Bravo to you and everyone who has a hand in TNR. Learn more about our and how you can get involved.