Tapeworms in Cats - Symptoms & Treatment of Tapeworm
Often when a cat is displaying the most common symptom of tapeworm infection, which is the presence of worms in the feces, pet owners don't know necessarily what kind of worms they are seeing. Tapeworms are distinctive because of the segments. A large worm will appear to have many segments and the head is what attaches to the intestine of the animal. Other types of worms are flat and look like one continuous worm rather than appearing segmented as the tapeworms are.
Symptoms of tapeworms in cats differ largely depending on the type of parasite and the location of an infection, but some of the common clinical signs are:
Tapeworms are parasites which affect dogs and cats. They reside in the intestines and although they rarely cause clinical symptoms or disease in pets, they do rob their hosts of important nutrients. Tapeworms are also aesthetically unpleasant. The most common type of tapeworm is spread by fleas. Pets contract this species of tapeworm when they swallow fleas while grooming themselves. Other tapeworms are spread through improperly prepared food. Tapeworms are relatively easy to prevent and to eliminate. Keeping your pets free of tapeworms is important for both your pets' health, as well as the health of the human caregivers who come into contact with them. Tapeworms can spread to humans in some circumstances.Cats with tapeworm infections often display no immediate symptoms of the infection. However, in some cats symptoms are much more prevalent. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, extended stomach, dehydration, and fatigue and lethargy and weight loss. There is also the possibility of the tapeworm larvae traveling through the cat's system to the eyes. If this happens, permanent eye damage can occur. Tapeworms are parasites of dogs and cats. They live in the intestines and, although they rarely cause clinical symptoms or disease in pets, they rob their hosts of nutrients. Tapeworms are aesthetically unpleasant.The first symptom a pet owner will notice if a cat has tapeworms is the presence of tapeworm eggs, which resemble grains of rice, stuck to the fur around the cat's anus. Although a minor tapeworm infestation will not physically harm a cat, too many tapeworms can cause the cat to begin to lose weight. The cat's fur may take on a rough appearance as well.Most owners notice that their cat has an infection by finding evidence of infection in their cat's stool. However, if they don't notice the symptoms in their early stages, severe infection can occur. Severe infection can lead to intestinal obstruction that can be deadly to the infected cat. In addition, tapeworm infections can lead to permanent eye damage. This happens when a tapeworm larvae travels through the body to the eyes of the infected cat. Both of these serious symptoms of infection are rare.
The most common symptom of tapeworms is the appearance of the tapeworm segments on your cat’s fur, near her anus, or in her stool. Because tapeworms feed on the nutrients passed in the small intestine, your cat may seem more hungry than usual as she is unwittingly sharing her meals with a nasty intestinal parasite. If the infestation lasts long enough, your cat might even lose weight.