Here are some good medications that work well for treating tapeworms in cats. You can buy these online at Amazon.
Kittens with intestinal parasites commonly have large, swollen abdomens; ravenous appetites, but fail to gain weight as expected; diarrhea and, if the worm infestation is large, vomiting. Similarly, cats may have diarrhea, swollen bellies, and poor hair coats. In some cases, worms migrate from the intestines into other organs leading to coughing, vomiting, and poor health.As hookworms feed on blood in the intestines affected animals may have poor appetites, show pain, and develop anemia (low red blood cell count). Anemic cats and kittens are tired and have pale pink to white gums.As intestinal parasites develop from eggs to adults sometimes adult worms will be present in the feces. Tapeworm adults form flattened white rice-like segments; hookworms and roundworms are thin, long, rounded, and look similar to noodles.However, sometimes infections in cats are not easily recognized, so if your cat visits the outdoors, or hunts in your home, periodic deworming becomes essential for treatment and prevention. Remember, you are not only treating worms in your cat you are also preventing spread to you and your family.
Outdoor cats are susceptible to tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms. The easiest method to prevent worms in an outdoor cat is to consider keeping your cat indoors. Otherwise, there are various products available from your veterinarian or over-the-counter to periodically treat worms. Some veterinary prescription products not only treat, but also prevent worms for up to three months. If fleas are a problem in your area then preventives are also highly recommended as some tapeworms are transmitted by fleas. De-worm your outdoor cat at least twice yearly, but monthly is best.
TAPEWORM DEWORMER (praziquantel)TABLETS FOR CATS
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Profender is the first-ever, topical dewormer used to treat and control intestinal parasites in cats, such as hookworms, tapeworms and roundworms. Not only is Profender easy to use, safe and effective, it also works in a single-dose capacity so there is no need for that pesky second dose! Profender requires a prescription from your veterinarian. Profender is a prescription-required topical solution that is FDA-approved for the treatment and control of hookworm, roundworm, and tapeworm infections in cats 8 weeks of age and older and weighing at least 2.2 lbs. Profender is packaged in single unit dosing applicator tubes and is available as 0.35 ml tubes containing emodepside 7.5 mg and praziquantel 30 mg for use on cats 2.2-5.5 lbs, 0.70 ml tubes containing emodepside 15 mg and praziquantel 60.1 mg for use on cats 5.6-11 lbs, and 1.12 ml tubes containing emodepside 24 mg and praziquantel 96.1 mg for use on cats 11.1-17.6 lbs. For cats over 17.6 lbs, the appropriate combination of tubes should be used.Ok, now back to your cats. Here’s the good news on the tapeworms: you can buy a tapeworm (doesn’t work for rounds and hookworms) dewormer called Praziquantal over the counter and circumvent a visit to the vet. The bad news is that it’s just as (or more) important to keep the flea count down on your ferals and there’s no easy way to do it. I have witnessed full grown cats die from severe anemia from heavy, chronic flea infestations. At this time, the best longer-acting flea preventatives are topical (there is a safe, long-acting, effective oral medication for dogs but only a short acting product for cats) and I don’t know how you could apply topical products on truly feral cats without confinement and/or sedation. So, go ahead and deworm them but if you noticed weight or hair loss you may need to trap and take them in for a good check up—under sedation of course!
Thanks so much for keeping an eye on these ferals. We, and many shelters have a TNR program (Trap-Neuter-Release) wherein we rely on the community and amazingly dedicated volunteers to identify feral colonies, let us know about them and spay and neuter the bunch. TNR is a critical component to reducing the number of homeless cats and keeping new generations of kittens out of shelters. Bravo to you and everyone who has a hand in TNR. Learn more about our and how you can get involved.There are two common tapeworm species found in cats; both are transmitted by an intermediate host. Dipylidium caninum is acquired from or lice that harbor immature tapeworms in their intestines. These insects acquire the parasite by eating tapeworm eggs. The cat must bite or swallow the insect to become infested. The tapeworm Taenia taeniaformis is acquired by eating rodents, uncooked meat, raw freshwater fish, or discarded animal parts.