Originally Posted by Yosemite
Often tapeworms will not show up in fecal matter or at least the sample you take to the vet (which is a typical life situation don't you think). The vet really needs to see your kitty at this point to determine the type of worms kitty has, etc.
I don't disagree with you at all.
I do want to mention a rescue we brought in a year ago, had fleas, and of course tapeworms, it was a very bad case and it was rice like worms that was found all in the feces up to and including, falling out of the anus when she walked. This wasn't one of my adoptive families, just a cat rescued from a bad situation, she was very thin, had anemia she had so many fleas, and tapeworm was one of the parasites keeping her very thin. A month with us and she was a totally different cat in looks and behavior.
I also agree to save money to have a thourough vet exam, but at the same time, I do remember the illness this rescue had due to flea and intestinal parasites, and would hate to think the kitty couldn't get care yet. At the same time, my own situation..I hope was unique, it that the cat was visibly ill.
Is there a vet in her area that one of our members could mention, a low cost clinic, where she could get her cat treated, a full check up and get kitty feeling better. If the owner can see the tapeworm and know what it is, it would be an assumption that the tapeworm infestation is bad, which in turn could also mean a large flea infestation, leading to anemia.
Can the owner ask a friend or family member for help in finances for a short bit to get kitty to the vet now? I don't know many family or friends like that, but I did want to mention it.
Yosemite is very right, this shouldn't be considered life threatening, and in no rush, I just think of my past rescue and the extreme case she had.
I wish you the best of luck!!