Hi there from Virginia - question about worm/lizard/salamander?
Hi everyone. We have three beautiful ragdolls and I've had at least one cat almost continuously my whole life (other than in college).
However, I did join today in particular because I had a very weird thing happen this morning and I'm hoping to get some ideas of what it is or what I should do.
I woke up to one of my cats nuzzling me as she does each morning and I saw what looked like a two inch long narrow piece of poop attached to the fur on her side by her back right haunch. I took her to the bathroom and used a baby wipe to get about 2/3 off when I noticed what I actually had in the wipe was the first 2/3 of some weird, red, lizard-like worm (very worm shaped but with a lizard like head and hands--maybe a salamander but like none I've ever seen). It was squirming so I flushed it and got the other part off and got rid of it and cleaned my cat off. The cat seems fine and not fazed and I don't see any blood coming from her, but I have no idea what it was and what to do (seems unlikely it could have come from her? Just got stuck in her? If so, I've never seen it before and have no idea how it got in my house--the cats are indoor only).
Anyway, I made a vet appointment for this afternoon as a precaution, but am trying to see if anyone here has any ideas.