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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-24-2006, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone ever heard of this before?

Hello everyone! I was just curious if anyone has ever heard of finding really tiny dark brown hard things around where the cat plays or sleeps. They somewhat resemble sesame seeds. I'm concerned if they could be eggs of some sort but I looked it up and can't find any information about this. Please help. Thank you.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-24-2006, 02:49 AM
 
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Hi. I have no idea. But I do like about.com for cat health etc information. Maybe they will have some info on what you are seeing.

http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/catdise ... asitic.htm
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-24-2006, 02:58 AM
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Does your cat have fleas? A flea's poop is small and dark. If you don't know spend some time combing through your cats hair looking for tiny things running around and treat it accordingly. Although if what you are seeing is the size of sesame seeds then it couldn't be poop because the poop is smaller than that. Might be dead fleas. Check for dirty ears. Excessive dirt in the ears are a sign of ear mites. That's about all I can think of hope it helps.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-24-2006, 12:14 PM
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That sounds like dried tapeworms to me!
When the worm segments dry they are tan/brown in color, hard and look exactly like sesame seeds.

Ok now that I have grossed you out!! What do you do?
You need to take her to the vet to get wormed and also start a flea prevention program like Advantage or Frontline - your vet can help you with that. The tapeworms come from the cat eating a flea.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-24-2006, 12:40 PM
 
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I believe they can also be transmitted in a litterbox used by another cat with tapeworms, could be wrong though. Both of my cats had tapeworm when they came from the humane society. And this was some 3 years apart.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-25-2006, 02:17 AM
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Yup, sounds suspiciously like tapeworms to me
So, as CW said, more than likely your kitty has fleas.
And TAsunder, thankfully they can't pass tapeworms from the cat box. They get the most common form of tapeworms only by ingesting a flea. Yuck!
Luckily, these days it's SO much easier to treat than it used to be.

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