Treating a Kitten for Worms?

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.

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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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