We noticed about 4 weeks ago Asha had worms.... I called the vet and they said to buy some OTC meds and follow the instructions and treat all the cats. So we went to Petsmart and got some, we gave all of them the meds and three weeks later redosed as per instructions. None of the other cats have worms but Asha still does. I am going to call the vet on Tuesday for Ariel and I will ask again about her but I was hoping to get some help prior to that.
It is a small worm like a grain of rice. I only noticed because there was one stuck to her fur(YUK!)
So, should I try again with a different kind? Or just bring her in and get vet prescribed meds?
After you worm make sure to clean all the litter boxes so there is no reinfestation. Also vac everything really well and you should repeat the dosage. You may want to get this from your vet so it takes care of the problem. Not a bad idea to worm all your cats, I'm sure they have it also.
I HATE worms!!!! I have had a cat all my life so I know what this problem is like. You feed so yucky!!! It is gross!
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 9/2/2006 11:08:31 PM*** Reason: add
I am leary of the off barnd wormers anymore. One time I did use a cheaper brand for the dogs for tape worm....my god did the poor things get sick. It was nasty, the dogs were puking everywhere, and had watery stools. went on for a full day....terrible, never do that to them again.
LOL, I remember when doodles had worms. I had him on his back and noticed something white on his leg. I flicked it onto the bed...looked at it....poked it with a bobby pin and it wriggled. It was sooo nasty. Thats what happens when you have outdoor kitties. I was so disgusted.
I buy my tapeworm meds OTC. As long as you know what type of worm your dealing with I dont see the prob with getting them that way. If you dont know, then of course get a fecal test first. I buy through catalogs, or at the local supply store.
"Hmm.. lets see.... Harley has entropia.. couldnt afford.. then bought new boat. Now Asia has worms... probably cant afford again... yet have new deck and playground."
Yet, with the assumptions again. The boat was not bought new, it was however 'new' to us. Also, that boat was bought BEFORE we got Harley, whom I had NEVER intended to keep in the first place. Also, it is Asha, not Asia, who has worms. I can afford it just fine, the vet said to use the OTC meds. I called them first but of course you did not read what I wrote, also, the playground was bought last year(believe I mentioned that too) and the deck is NOT new, we are fixing it but it is NOT new. We have spent $70 to fix the entire deck. That is with the wood and carpet that we are replacing. Funny how we ust do not like people falling through our deck(two people ACTUALLY did!) However, since you just assume things, you are wrong...AGAIN.
Worms in the cat are the LEAST of my worries. I was simply asking if it was normal for them not to work. Why would you think Ariel is going anywhere anyway?
Am I no longer allowed to ask questions about my animals? I laugh at this because you all complain that I can't handle any of the problems that they give, yet everytime I ask a question, I get reemed and insulted and bets are placed. I suppose that all future problems I am supposed to just immediately know all the answers to? If I am no longer allowed to ask for help, fine, just say so and I will ask my questions to people who will actually care to answer me. (Thank you to the people who DID answer me)
Go to a farm and feed store. I am not exactly sure what the name of it is but you can buy cheap stuff (like 7$)there that will knock those out, Ivermectin horse wormer takes care of everything BUT tapeworms and adult heartworms (it does kill hw larva), but there is another one I have used before that does work on tapeworms.
I have even used to horse wormer on ratsfor mites, I just use the size of a grain of rice. On my small dog I use about a glob the size of my fingertip.
The guys at the farm/feed store are WAY more knowledgable than the kids at Petsmart. The products at petsmart are way more toxic too.
Katz. please stop defending yourself agaisn't the idiots on the board. No need . YOU ARE FREE WHITE AND 21.(not that color makes a difference) So what you bought a boat and couldn't pay for a surgery whoppee dooo. Haven't we all splurge on something and then couldn't afford something nessecary? I sure have more than once. If my dogs needed surgery in the near future it would be a problem for me. Get a life! Why everytime she makes a post she gets ripped, get over it.. Do us all a favor, if you don't like her or her habits stay off the thread.
***Edited By: debg on 9/3/2006 3:59:30 PM*** Reason: *
The important thing is figuring out which type of worm it is. Tapeworms cannot be killed with regular wormer. OTC is good but only if it is specifically for tapeworms - it is harsh and frequently does make the animal sick for a day. Try to find one that will work without keeping food and water from the animal, those seem to be the ones that make dogs/cats the least sick IMO. The way we can tell is that you said the worm was sticking to fur. Tapeworms are sticky and you'll often see one or two stuck to the backside of an animal that has them. They do look like grains of rice but sometimes a broken piece of another kind of worm can look similar.
I think the wormer for tape worms from the vet is called Strongid. Please ask your vet, tell them what you found and I know it is tapeworms. The strongid is not expensive, like 2 dollars per dose. Like I said before make sure to worm all your pets. I'm sure they all have it.
tapeworms look like a small grain of rice once they are outside of the body. the meds that you buy at the store are for roundworms and not for tapeworms. i have had to deworm mine for tapeworms on a couple of occasions. the vet prescribed drontal and it worked right away.
A good tapeworm med...does not make the dog or cat sick for a day or so.
You can purchase tapeworm meds OTC....make sure you know what type of worm you are dealing with first. Now, for dogs you can get Panacur or safeguard, not sure if they ahve that brand for cats as well. Would have to check one of my catalogs.
Avoid the cheapies like No-Mo, Happy Jack, etc. For one or 2 cats, may be so much easier and cheaper to go to the vet for a dose.
Tapeworms need re-treated in 20 days. It kills the worms, but not the eggs. The eggs that are not killed then hatch in about 20 days, so another worming dose is needed.