Tapeworm Treatment for Multi-Cat Home

CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, offers advice on preventing and treating tapeworms.

By Arnold Plotnick | Posted: March 18, 2011, 3:00 a.m. EST

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Q: We have several cats, and I think one of them has tapeworms. Do all of the cats need to be treated? We have some Advantage, and I’m wondering if I should apply it on all of them even though I never see any fleas on them.

A: You do not have to treat all of the cats in the house for tapeworms – only the affected cat needs to be treated. Tapeworms are not spread from cat to cat. Cats get tapeworms from eating a flea that is infected with tapeworm eggs, so for your cat to have gotten tapeworms, he must have swallowed a flea.

If you don’t see fleas on your cats, then the flea problem must be very minor. But there has to have been at least one flea, since that’s how tapeworm infections are acquired. I’d play it safe and treat all of the cats in the house with a topical flea treatment.

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Melissa    Clearwater, FL

2/1/2012 5:42:12 PM

Thanks, I think my cat has tapeworm, but not sure. but the info here was very helpful. thank you

Kobi    San Diego, CA

5/13/2011 6:22:11 PM

He said treat the INFECTED cat for the tapeworm but treat ALL the cats for fleas, just to be safe!

I0    O0, MI

4/8/2011 12:57:06 AM

OK

Lorraine    Louisville, KY

4/7/2011 10:31:08 PM

I have a No Kill Louisville foster hit by a car and thay found tape worms. I small red pill was given by my vet and the cost was minamal. He may need one more, this is my first tape worm cat. Thank you for the info and I will call my vet tomorrow.

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