Ladies I have recently got a new pet for my 3 year old little girl. It is a 11week old kitten. We have had her in our house for a week now. This morning I woke up to find the kitten hacking a lot! & once she was done I noticed she hacked up about 4 worms that resemble spaghetti noodles but about 2to3 inches in length. Sense then I threw her outside on our porch with her water and food out there plus threw her litter bot outside also.. I have swept my carpets and my kitchen floors & also mopped then too. I am not sure what exactly she has but I know she wasn't dewormed from my knowledge. I am very nervous and scared because I have not only a 3yr old daughter but also a 22month old son. And before even knowing the kitten had anything, My son honestly would not leave that cats litter box alone!! He has put his hands in it plus he has even sat in it. I was told that if she does have worms that it also lets out eggs in its poop in the litter box and that her litter box is pretty much an infected area! I am nervous plus I am crying that my little boy may be infected by whatever it was that kitten had now not to mention my daughter too because she has cuddles with the kitten. I am nervous I myself and my husband has this also. How will I know if we do? what are the signs and what type of precautions should I be taking to sanitizing my own home? like I said I ran the vacuum plus swept and mopped. Thanks
You need to take the kitten to the vet, have the parasites taken care of, and get the vet's advice on how to handle the situation at home.
Take the cat to a vet.. and ask your Ped about your kid
Sanitize everything. Lysol, sweep, mop.. wipe down surfaces the cat touched or may have...
sounds like heart worms take her to a vent asap....
<blockquote><b>Quoting Stfu Squirrel:</b>" You need to take the kitten to the vet, have the parasites taken care of, and get the vet's advice on how to handle the situation at home."</blockquote>
My dog did the same exact thing in December. You don't need to go to the vet. Just call and ask them for the medicine. It's pretty cheap.
Cat Throwing Up Worms
By Kelly Roper
If your cat is throwing up worms, it's almost certain she has roundworms. The challenge is to treat her before your other pets, and perhaps even your family, become infested.
How Cats Get Roundworms
Roundworms are a common parasite that can infect people and dogs, as well as cats. The roundworm eggs and larvae are found in the following places:
- Kitty litter
- A mother cat's milk
According to Mar Vista Animal Medical Center, your pet may have become infested in any of the following ways:
- Kittens can contract roundworms by nursing from an infested mother.
- Worm ova can be ingested when a cat uses infested kitty litter and then cleans her paws while grooming.
- Eating rodents that have roundworms is another way to acquire an infestation.
- Biting and ingesting fleas can also lead to a case of roundworms.
Signs of Infestation
Roundworms are generally between three and five inches long, and they live in the intestinal tract of your pet. They are a very common parasite that can be identified by their white to cream-colored, thread-like bodies. In addition to throwing up the roundworms, you can also be relatively sure your pet has them if she displays the following signs.
- Increase in appetite
- Sluggish behavior
- Lack of self-grooming
Treating Your Cat
Treating your cat for roundworms is as simple as giving her a pill. Follow the directions carefully, and be sure that your pet gets all of her medication.
According to Mar Vista Animal Medical Center, medications used to eliminate roundworms in cats include:
- HeartGuard Plus
Dosing Your Cat
Giving a cat a pill can be difficult, but not impossible. When you're giving your cat pills, try the following:
- Hold the cat firmly but gently in your lap.
- Gently tilt her head backwards and open her jaw with your forefinger.
- Place the pill as far back on her tongue as you can.
- Holding her mouth closed, allow her to return her head to a comfortable position.
- Carefully stroke her throat downward until she swallows.
Your vet will probably give you instructions for dealing with any other pets in your home and will likely want to give them worming medication as well. You may be asked to keep your cat, and her kitty litter, separate from any other cats for a time.
Preventing Further Infestations
To prevent further infestations consider the following tips:
- Clean the litter regularly.
- Keep new cats separated from the rest of your cats until you can have them checked for worms.
- Do not allow your pets to hunt.
- Keep fleas controlled.
- Have your pets examined on a regular basis.
- Follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully.
Seek Help from Your Vet and Your Physician
If you notice spaghetti-like strands in your cat's vomit, be sure to call your vet immediately. If you also have children, it is a good idea to have their pediatrician check them for signs of roundworms as well. Although it is rare for these worms to be transmitted to children, it can happen. Roundworms can produce serious side effects in humans.
The cat needs to be dewormed ASAP.
Quoting Red Bottom:" The cat needs to be dewormed ASAP."
She has worms, you will be unsure of the worms unless a vet diagnoses them. DO NOT try to self diagnose her she needs medication for that specific worm or she will die, from dehydration and from the damage the worms do to the digestive system.
Bleach is the only thing that will 99% clean your house! Bleach all floors and especially where the kitten is.
Your children an other family members /pets need to be wormed aswell
Some worms can cause blindness in children, it can become very serious very quickly..
I suggest to go to the vet get the worms diagnosed properly as worms are zoonotic diseases (they can be transferred to humans from animals)
Please take her to the vet I'm a training vet nurse so this is where my info and advice is from
If you know what type of worm the cat has, you can just go to a pharmacy or pet store to get the medicine. It sounds like a roundworm or a tapeworm. Just google the images for those two types of worms and figure out which it is. We just noticed today that our cats have tapeworms. My SO is actually going to get medicine right now.
Throwing the cat out was a little much. You could have just kept it in a bathroom until you medicated it.
After worming your cat, be sure to worm it a few times a year to prevent re- infestation.