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For the want of a worming tablet

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Lonecatwithkitten Mon 24-Feb-14 14:08:02

I just wanted to remind people of how important worming is. Today we have had to do major surgery on a cat whose intestines were blocked by tapeworm. Regular worming would have saved the cat pain and misery and the owner hundreds of pounds.

cozietoesie Mon 24-Feb-14 15:08:18

Sheez. I didn't know that their innards could actually be blocked. Timely advice, Lone.

Is his situation looking OK?

SpanielFace Mon 24-Feb-14 15:29:24

Eek. Vet here. How horrible! Was it a kitten or an adult cat?

I totally agree by the way, the number of good, caring clients who come for boosters and haven't wormed their pet since the previous year is frightening. I normally tell them about toxocara and blindness. I'll add this to the list now.

Hope the cat is ok.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 24-Feb-14 16:40:54

Adult cat three years old female. One of the tapeworms removed was nearly 10 inches long.

Hoppinggreen Mon 24-Feb-14 16:45:42

Bloody hell, I've been a ( responsible) cat owner for almost 30 years and I didn't know they got tapeworms!!!
Thanks for the info - will send DH to pet shop for dewormer on his way home this evening.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 24-Feb-14 17:05:51

Hopping you really need a good quality wormer like drontal or milbemax.

yetanotherworry Tue 25-Feb-14 20:59:49

How often should we be worming? I do it every 12 weeks but have read that hunters should be wormed more frequently so not sure anymore.

cozietoesie Wed 26-Feb-14 10:53:34

I just had the tape measure out for something and, remembering this thread, I measured out 10 inches. That is vile. Poor cat.

Here's some advice on worming, yet. Probably best to read it after you've eaten lunch.

cozietoesie Wed 26-Feb-14 10:59:21

Sorry - I just noticed that that guidance suggests every 1-3 months which doesn't help you much on your specific question. Myself, I used to worm every couple of months for a hunter but ideally you could do with a vet's advice. (Lone or Spaniel may comment later.)

Fuzzymum1 Wed 26-Feb-14 20:23:10

We use droncit spot on every two months. Two of ours are ipossible to give pills to so we use the spot on for all seven of them.

Lovethesea Fri 28-Feb-14 20:05:59

My vet advised monthly for my hunting tabby as he brings us things daily and eats a lot of birds and small mammals.

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