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C2010-09

Dear Christopher Cat

Gabrielle, my indoor-outdoor cat, kills and eats mice and other vermin. I know hunting exposes her to worms, because I’ve seen tapeworm egg packets moving on her rear end. How often should I deworm her?

Christopher Responds

We cats worry most about roundworms and hookworms, because they can make us sick and infect the people we love. Unfortunately, the eggs of these worms are microscopic, so you can’t see them.

The tapeworm egg packets that look like mobile rice grains cause us cats less difficulty, but the “ick” factor repulses most humans.

Like Gabrielle, I sometimes venture into the wild, so Mom deworms me monthly, as recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC).

The easiest way to deworm Gabrielle every month -– and control the fleas that can give her tapeworms -– is to apply a product like Revolution or Advantage Multi to her skin. Both prevent infection by heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, fleas and ear mites. If you see evidence of tapeworms, you can give Gabrielle medication to kill them.

In addition, the CAPC recommends that you have her fecal sample tested once or twice a year to be sure she doesn’t have other parasites.

Pet lovers can find more information at www.petsandparasites.org. Medical professionals will appreciate the technical details at www.capcvet.org.

 

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