thanks wiley. this was actually a question for a friend of ours. her vet clinic wouldn't tell her anything over the phone.
i actually called my vet clinic a little while ago and asked and they described what each of the worms looks like and what type of meds to get over the counter for them. they said they recommend getting the cat in asap, but giving them an over the counter med until then won't hurt the cat, as long as they are not overdosed.