Treating a Kitten With Worms

January 10, 2013

Kitten With WormsSomeone on here had asked what to worm their kittens with at first.

They need to worm all kittens for tapeworms.

The best you can do is Praziquantel. It is the same thing as in Droncit, as far as the main ingredient. Here is where you can order it from on Amazon. Sometimes stores like Tractor Supply will have it.


Tapeworms are in all kittens more or less, some worse than others. Fleas cause them and will continue to cause them.

I have lots of cats and so I have liquid Safeguard goat dewormer.
It is Fenbendazole. It is given in 25 mg per pound for three days. Safeguard has to be given for three days in a row so it is not as easy as giving a pill and forgetting about it. But it is for use on cats and dogs and kittens.

The dosage, like I said, is 25 mg per pound.

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December 23, 2012

I have a kitten that my husband and I rescued in November and it has worms. Is there anything I can give him at home that will help get rid of the worms? My husband won't be back to work till the 1st of the year so what can we do to help my poor kitten?

By Sara


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December 24, 20121 found this helpful


December 24, 20120 found this helpful

Natural - use forever - FOOD GRADE diatomacious earth. MUST be food grade. Garden and pool DE has chemicals that can poison. Intestinal worms (for humans too) will swallow with pets food. Google lots and you will see how wonderful this is. Will not do a thing for heartworm in dogs.


This is intestinal worms only. Kitten? I would use 1/4 teaspoon every day for few weeks then cut back some but never stop as they are exposed to worms from many sources. Good for all animals, even birds. Dosage not critical. Good for health reasons other than worms.

December 25, 20120 found this helpful

Tinctures of black walnut hull and doses of wormwood are frequently used against parasites in pets and readily available. Adding a tiny amount of ground cloves to your pet's diet may help to ward off parasites. Some pet owners report success in using chewing tobacco as a natural agent to kill parasites quickly.


September 10, 20160 found this helpful

yes tobboco a little bit once a week for two weeks should get rid of worms

January 3, 20190 found this helpful

How can you tell it's too much tobacco and how much tobacco to give a kitten for two weeks

March 8, 20190 found this helpful

Do not use tobacco to deworm your kitten! Nicotine is very toxic to cats and even small doses can be FATAL!

April 30, 20220 found this helpful

They say you cant use nicotine - this is a lie so they can sell you expensive dewormer a tiny pinch - Tiny - in a bit a tuna will deworm them and wont harm them. I am 70 and have had cats since I was 5 years old..havent killed one yet..

April 30, 20220 found this helpful

No its not but you have to use your headtiny bit of chew in tunatiny bit..

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June 3, 2018

I have a new kitten we got the kids. My father-in-law said she got up off the back of the couch and there was a wet spot and a worm there. How can I tell what kind of worm it is and how to get rid of them? I was reading and I saw fleas can pass worms and we have fleas pretty bad.

I've been trying to get rid of them, but it's so bad they are biting me up too. I don't make a lot of money and can't just move. I need help with the fleas and her worms.


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June 4, 20180 found this helpful
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You will need to see your Vet. Your kitten needs vaccinations now too. They will give her a wormer that takes care of most types of worms. Kittens get worms from the mothers blood stream, and from fleas. Your Vet will tell you about the flea protection that will keep the fleas off your kitten so she doesn't get reinfested with more worms.


Kittens often get tape worms from fleas. The segments of the tape worm you see looks like a rice grain. Long threadlike worms are roundworms. Your kitten should need only 1 or 2 treatments to get all the worms. But if she gets infested with fleas again the worms can get started again.

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August 5, 2009

I would like to know how to find out if my kitten has worms?

By maggie from Hamilton, NJ


August 5, 20090 found this helpful

The best way is going to be make sure that it has had a vet visit. You can watch when it poops, and if there are sesame seed looking things on the outside of the stool, those are worm parts. Then the kitty will for sure need to go to the vet.


They need to confirm which type it is, before they can treat it. Then you can ask them if there is something over the counter that you can use in the future.

August 6, 20090 found this helpful

I never worm any of my dogs or kittens, they never have fleas either, and I just once found a tick on a cat. I live in a rural area and my cats are outside and eat mice and squirrels. What I do is feed them raw beef or pork liver from time to time. I also supplement their dry food with raw eggs, raw ground meat, tuna and salmon from cans.

I reason that a well-fed animal is a healthy animal, and parasites attack weak animals. This way I even got rid of parasites on weak, abandoned kittens. Counting back there were at least half a dozen dogs and more cats that I kept/keep healthy in the last 20+ years.


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August 7, 20090 found this helpful

Fleas, you may not see there, are a host for worms. Easy way to find out is to watch where kitty does his/her stuff and check it out for little white pieces. You can't miss it and check out her/his behind right after-and frequently-but be mellow about it.


There are other types of worms. If her/his coat went down hill and kitty is shedding a lot are other signs. Hope this helps.

August 11, 20091 found this helpful

See a vet! A one month old kitten should still be with it's mother and nursing. Also over the counter medications are more likely to kill the kitten. Also worms can spread to people, and other cats who use the same litter box. Be sure to wash your hands. Also cats who hunt birds, mice are likely to get worms from eating their catch. Feeding raw meat is not good for animals. Even a healthy animal can have worms!

May 21, 20230 found this helpful

Yeah rare meat is so bad for animals. That's why all the lions, wolves, bears, and every other carnivore is going extinct. Because they never cook their food. Are you kidding me. These are canines and felines, raw is what they was made to eat. Why would you think anything else?


I bet you're one of those geniuses, that tries to turn your pet into a vegetarian? Dr. Marty a vet of over 40 years and is nicknamed the life extender because of the raw diet. Listen to someone that knows instead of ones that just like to think they do.

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September 26, 2015

I have got a two and a half month old kitten from the pet store. I haven't had her for a month yet and she is the only pet to ever come into my household. She came with fleas as well. She is very active and very energetic. Today 9/26/15 about 4 something in the morning she threw up two really big noodle looking live worms.

I need something I can give to her now till I can get her to the vet next week for her appointment and I thought coming from a pet store all kittens, cats, dogs, puppies, and whatever are supposed to have had shots ad be dewormed and deflead before selling them. Can I get the pet store in trouble for selling me a sick kitten? She belongs to my two year old son and I'll be very heart broken if anything happened to her. My son grew very attached just over the few weeks she been here.


September 26, 20150 found this helpful

There are some over the counter pet worm treatments you can buy. However, they may not kill the exact type of worms your cat has. You can try.

The pet store will probably only offer you a refund on the pet. Since your child has already bonded with it, you're not going to bring it back, and they know that. Hardly anybody ever takes this offer.

You are right, the kitten should be in perfect condition. This is not their business model, however. The kittens sold to stores are bred the cheapest way possible to maximize profit on each animal. That means they are given the cheapest food and many are crammed into one cage. No medical treatments will usually be given since they cost money.

The pet store owners usually pretend they don't know about this, and you'll often get a story if you ask, like the animals were raised on a big farm in Wisconsin, or whatever. It isn't true, but their goal is to get you to buy one. Once you get attached to it they know you'll never give it back.

September 28, 20151 found this helpful

The only thing to do is take it to the vet. You could call your local animal control, shelter or humane society. Sometimes they have low cost shots,worming spay/neuter. Also, advice on what the store MUST do. Never, ever get a pet at a pet store. Never.

March 5, 20170 found this helpful

I would let the pet store know and mail them the bill. What do you have to lose. If you post their name it may affect their business they shouldn't want that. I got a sick kitten to from a rescue place I paid $100 but when they found she had hypothyroidism they paid all her medical bills until she was well. That's what they should all do that.

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November 29, 2014

So I got this kitten about 2 mos. ago, but I'm not sure how old she was when I got her. She got fleas really badly, we're still battling on that front, but I think we're winning. Now the other night I noticed these teeny tiny worms crawling on my mattress (which she is always lounging on). To say I was freaking out doesn't quite cover it! My husband, "Mr. I lookedituponline", says they're cat tape worms and I can't get them from the kitten. Needless to say I would like a second opinion. Please help!

By Rese P.


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November 29, 20140 found this helpful

Please take your kitten to a vet for a diagnosis of the worms and neceassary treatment. The "worms" will not disappear without medication. You can also ask the vet if you might have contracted something from your kitten. Note that the vet should be better able to answer your question than a people doctor. A people doctor may not know what your kitten's problem is and will not be able to answer your questions.

October 4, 20160 found this helpful

Yes people can get tapeworms! Wash your Linens don't let the cat sleep with you until a week after she has a tapeworm medication on board.

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May 14, 2019

What happens if you feed your kitten too much worming paste?


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May 14, 20190 found this helpful

It could have vomiting, diarrhea and seizures. Call the vet if you are concerned.

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