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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-18-2011, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Waffles just threw up a live roundworm

We called the emergency vet and they said we shouldn't be worried, but to drop off a fecal to my vet soon, which I had planned on doing tomorrow anyway. He's been treated for worms with Pyrantel, .2cc once a week for three weeks, and we finished the last course this past Thursday. Should I be concerned? I mean that baby was moving! omg gag!



We weren't sure what type it was, but we got a picture and then googled different types of parasites. I've heard of them coming out in his poop, but I've never seen a cat throw one up.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-18-2011, 05:25 PM
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Poor thing! :/ I hope he feels better! Make sure you take the worm to the vet, too. Keep us informed!
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oops... kind of tossed it out... looking more online about roundworms and seeing photos, it was definitely a roundworm... I'm assuming if they find eggs in the fecal that they'll put him on another round of wormer.

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I remember this happening with an indoor/outdoor Manx/Russian Blue mix I had. I thought Max was barfing up a hairball and when I saw a wiggly worm, it really grossed me out and I took the worm to the vet and it was identified as a round worm. It looked just like yours. Vet gave me medication to get rid of it, but don't recall the name, but that was a long time ago now.
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Ugh, Becky, I'm so sorry! I hope the vet gets Waffles some good meds and kills those worms! Ick!!
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-18-2011, 11:56 PM
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But you have the picture (ewww) I'm sure with that is more than fine to id the parasite *shudders* plus it does look like tap worm, tho I have to second you on the fact that I've never seen one coming out from vomit... But overall, they are just parasites, I mean, I know they look nasty and the only idea of having that inside...poor little waffles makes me wanna puke. But he'll be ok. Some parasites are just really hard to get rid of (*thinks of giarda nightmare)

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Google and ask your vet about using Diatomacious Earth to help control parasites. I'm definitely going to ask my vet about it when I pick up kitty in 2 weeks

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Oh my goodness! I hope Waffles feels better very soon!
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My cat Moxie was a stray living in our backyard for about a year. I eventually catnapped her to give her a warmer, safer life. The first night we brought her inside she threw up five or six worms that looked exactly like the one Waffles did I didn't rinse them off or anything but I did make sure to get a good look at them for the vet. And yeah, they were... definitely still alive. I think I read at the time that cats will throw up worms when they have a rather large infestation of them. Moxie was de-wormed at the vet the following day, but she also needed a follow up de-wormer a month later - when she was spayed her blood tests showed signs of her still having worms. She's on Revolution monthly now for fleas, but it's supposed to treat roundworms as well - I don't know if that would be an option for Waffles, or if he just needs another course of the other de-wormer.

I don't really have much advice to add, just wanted to let you know Moxie is happy and healthy and worm free now! I really hope the same can be said for Waffles, and soon. Feel better Waffles
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-19-2011, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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I stopped into the vets today, and they put waffles on another different type of wormer called Panacur. This should get rid of the rest of the worms. I have to give it to him 3 days in a row, wait 2 weeks, and give it to him another 3 days in a row. Wait 3 weeks, then bring them a fecal. At this rate, his next visit should be for neutering and shots. I'm wondering, though, since it's expensive to get neutering done at my vets, if I should make an appointment at the humane society for that. (I get neutering and vaccinations plus a FIV FelLeuk test (I've had it done once, when he was about 4 weeks old, can't hurt to have it done again right?) for about 86.00) I hope my own vet won't be upset with me for taking him elsewhere. We can afford our own vet, but I'm very money conscious, as most people are these days.

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