I have been treating a cat I've found for months with a liquid wormer that claims it's delicious, however this cat doesn't think so. At any rate, it doesn't seem to be working. I'm not sure what type of worms they are, but they are tiny worms that I see by his tail a few times a month. Once they are out they dry up into little hard balls. Any suggestions?
Angie from Cali
I had a hard time getting rid of worms with my kittens. They had fleas that they were eating (was in the process of nursing them back to health), the fleas were causing the worms. Check to see if your cat has fleas. (07/19/2004)
Have you seen the worms when they first come out? If they are small and white like a piece of rice, it's tapeworm. You'll need to go to the vet for a prescription to get rid of it. Good luck to you and kitty. (07/19/2004)
By Karen G
I think that you should take your cat to the vet, because that would save alot of time and worry for everyone. They will be able to tell you exactly what is wrong with your cat and what needs to be done. When you find out what is wrong you can look online for remedies for the problem and if it needs medicine you can buy medicine online a lot cheaper than from the vet. (07/19/2004)
An easy way to get your cat to take medicine is to smear it onto his paw. He will lick it right off. (07/19/2004)
Take some of his stool to the vet and he will give you the right kind of pill for his type of worms. Turn the plastic zip lock bag inside out, grab the stool close the bag and take to the Vet. He will also ask you how much the cat weighs. Don't mess with over the counter worm products it is just a waste of money, and won't get rid of the worms. (07/19/2004)
By Theola J.
I also have a cat with persistent worm issues and the vet prescriptions only seemed to cause more problems such as a urinary tract infection. I feed my baby garlic for a while with really no change. He didn't have fleas. Then I read about a raw diet, so I fed him a turkey neck uncooked the next day he passed about a 3 inch long worm. Zeek is 2 years old and has had worms all his life this the best thing I have found to date. (02/23/2007)
Please don't tell people to feed their cats garlic. It's a very dangerous wives tale, garlic contains allicin. Cats (and dogs) cannot process allicin. It breaks down their red blood cells and can cause liver damage to the point of anemia and even death. The only reason it appears to have an effect on things like diarrhea is that their body goes into shock and retains water to try and filter the allicin.
As with any animal ailment, consult a vet who has been trained in diagnosis and treatment of animals. Do not listen to anyone offering "home remedies". They have usually been taken from natural human remedies and our nervous systems and digestive processes are very different to our pet's. (11/01/2008)
Worms are developing immunity to traditional chemical wormers just the same as bacteria have developed immunity to traditional antibiotics. The safest and most effective natural wormer is food grade diatomaceous earth. Just put it in their daily food. People take it too. Worms can't develop immunity to it and it's organic.
If the cat has fleas, it will continue to have tapeworms. Food grade DE will dehydrate fleas. Provided it's not being reinfested with fleas, feeding food grade DE daily for 30 days will take care of all intestinal worms and parasites.
By Happy Pets
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