Treating a Mother Cat with Tapeworms

I have a female feral cat that has tapeworms. I was told that I can't give anything since she is feeding 6 kitties, 4 weeks old. Is there anything I can do to get rid of the worms? Can the cat transmit the worms to the kitties?


By Marcela from Queen NY

May 18, 20100 found this helpful

Yuck! Worms! Lol. Unfortunately, even YOU and the people that pet this cat can pick up the worms unknowingly. Please consult a vet, as wormer is a poison and can seriously harm and even kill a cat that has a large population of worms. And yes, the babies probably already have worms.

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May 18, 20100 found this helpful

Call a vet ASAP! Not only are you risking mama's life but also the kittens if you don't take care of this right away! Tapeworms eat all the nutrients both mama and babies need to survive!

Ingesting both fleas and the intestines of mice or rats infected with tapeworms is what causes them so it would be prudent to check your pets periodically for them in the future.

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May 18, 20100 found this helpful

Two words. Diatomaceous Earth (food-grade)

OK, four words.

This stuff will absolutely kill every (bad) worm in

your mama kitty and will "not" harm the little ones


Food-grade diatomaceous earth is one thing that

every SPCA, cat or dog rescue should be telling

everyone about. Just make sure it is "food grade"

and not the stuff used in swimming pools.

Sprinkle it all over the mother kitty, and rub it

in very well. (The little kitties will even get some

of this as they nurse). Sprinkle the DE over mother

kitty's food (about a half-teaspoonful every day).

Take care that you don't allow the dust to be

inhaled too much. Be sure to rub and brush it

into mother kitty's fur really well.

This DE will also take care of any fleas.

It is available online if you have trouble finding

it in your local pet stores. It should be way more

available than it is IMHO. It isn't all that expensive

either which probably explains the unavailability.

The best of luck to you with this problem.

Julia in Boca Raton, FL

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