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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-24-2008, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Tapeworm!!!!

Today I took Tweezer to the vet because he was sneezing blood. According to the vet that is not such an uncommon thing, but the shocker to me is that he has a tapeworm!!! He has been to the vet a couple of times since I got him in September, and his stool has been tested. When I asked why it had not been detected before they said that there might be a stool sample with nothing at all in it and the very next day there would be one full of whatever it is that lets them know there is a tapeworm. Today they found a tiny piece of tapeworm segment near his anus. The good news is that he is now treated for it. He is also on Doxycycline for the sneezing problem. Now that the tapeworm problem is solved he may actually get to keep all the nutrients in his food for himself and I'm sure that will help him also! At least it is not contagious to my other cats!

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-24-2008, 09:08 PM
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I thought tapeworms are contagious.
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Tapeworms can't be detected in stool samples unless one of those segments just happens to be in it. Those segments are how the tapeworm releases its eggs into the environment. The segments are living pieces of the tapeworm that crawl out through the cat's anus. So, seldom are they found in stool samples and most often the only way to tell a cat has a tapeworm is discovering one of those segments.

John, tapeworms aren't contagious. Their life cycle requires them to spend time inside a flea. Cats ingest the fleas when they eat mice or when they clean themselves and that's how they get tapeworms. These tapeworms can't be transmitted to humans.
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Tweezer was given Revolution the day after he came to live with me in September. He has never been exposed to fleas in the time since. It just shocks me that he has had a tapeworm all that time and nobody knew. YUCK!

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Poor Tweezer. I hope that he feels better soon.


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Poor Tweezer !!! Hope he gets better soon !!

NONE of my cats go outside and there are NO fleas in my house, but yet all three of my kitties have had tapeworms in the past few months. How do I know there are no fleas? I am highly allergic to them and I would know if I got bit by one.
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I didn't mean contagious to humans, I meant contagious among kitties. I should have expressed myself more clearly.

I hope Tweezer feels better soon!
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Oh, sorry, John. Now I feel
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Poor Tweezer, I hope he recovers fast!
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They gave him a pill at the vets office and told me it should be all he needs, so he sould be tape-worm free pretty soon. They also told me that the tape-worm could have been causing his gas problem. My darling Tweezer is literally a little stinker!

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