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Evidence of worms AFTER deworming??

post #1 of 32
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Hi all,

I just took my four 9 week old foster kittens to the vet for the first time yesterday and they had vaccinations and deworming. Today when I was cleaning the box I noticed what looked like roundworms--long, very thin white things in the stool. I only really noticed it because someone hadn't covered up. Nothing seemed to be moving though. I haven't noticed any evidence prior to this and the kittens are all plump and healthy. So what I'm wondering is did the deworming medication 'flush out' the worms from their system?? I can't tell how many of the kittens have this but I did find two 'loads' in the box that appeared to have them. Any thoughts?
post #2 of 32
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So what I'm wondering is did the deworming medication 'flush out' the worms from their system??
Yep. That is normal to find dead worms in their stool. It doesn't take long for them to be totally expelled from the kitten's after a deworm.
post #3 of 32
Thread Starter 
Whew! Thanks for verifying that, it's a relief.
post #4 of 32
Not long after I got Chynna I found another kitten and took her in. The vet I was using at that time was a moblie vet and came to the house. He gave the kitten shots and some deworming medication. I called him either late that evening or the next day totally freaking out. I guess that poor kitty had either lots of worms or one really long one. I saw her in the litter box pooping out what looked like really, really, really long spaghetti! He told me that was normal and that she was expelling a worm. I swear to God that thing must have been 12 inches long or more!!!

None of my cats have ever had worms so that was a first for me. And hopefully the last. It was so gross and I was scared to scoop the box. I didn't know if it was dead or alive. All I know is that I am scared to death of worms!

I used a broom to push the box into a trash bag and threw the whole thing out and stopped at the store before going back upstairs. The guy behind the counter said "didn't you just buy one yesterday?" I told him "Long story! Don't ask!"

I got the kitten fixed, bought a whole bunch of supplies (food, litter, new box, carrier, toys) to go with her and found her a wonderful forever home.
post #5 of 32
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I used a broom to push the box into a trash bag and threw the whole thing out and stopped at the store before going back upstairs. The guy behind the counter said "didn't you just buy one yesterday?" I told him "Long story! Don't ask!"

I used the same technique to get rid of a dead mouse I found under the stove. None of my cats have ever had worms and I agree it was pretty gross--luckily they weren't moving
post #6 of 32
You may not see any evidence of worms while the worms are alive and healthy. When the worming medicine is given, the worms die off and are expelled and that is when you will see them en mass in your cat's litterbox.
You will need to have the deworming done several times to get rid of all the worms. My vet gave me a bottle of the prescription dewormer and dosing instructions and had me administer it. My kitten was actually anemic when I first rescued him (he was a feral kitten) probably at least partly due to the worms as he surprisingly had no fleas.
post #7 of 32
It's so funny - we were just talking about this five minutes ago! A friend of ours has taken in a kitten (who he might not keep....so we might end up with ANOTHER ball of fur, but that is another story) who was just de-wormed. I mentioned our own experience with de-worming our feral kittens. Paddington has a tendency to eat anything that falls on the floor and one night shortly after their worming, I made some sort of Asian dish with noodles. When I was cleaning out the litter box the next morning, I noticed that it looked like the noodles were in the poo. I mentioned it to the husband, we laughed about Paddington eating anything, and how it was funny that he ate the whole dry noodles...and then we realised that it was the worms! Luckily, I realised after I had cleaned it out or might have been a bit ill....I don't get grossed out easily, but that did throw me a bit...
post #8 of 32
I have 4 who were just dewormed and the vet called and said the samples I took in were negative. But the runny poop problems are now gone too, so did they just not get a sample with worms?? I took 3 from the litter box. Oh well, they go back on the 11th for treatment #2. They could not get a sample out of the cats. Well good luck with your new baby.
K.
post #9 of 32
Remember too that sometimes it takes multiple dewormings for all the worms to die. That is why you typically deworm kittens 2-3 times, about 3 weeks apart or so. Same time as vaccines usually, both vaccine and deworming at the same time.
post #10 of 32
My RB kitty Olivier had been infested with fleas poor dear. So when he got dewormed live wiggling worms came out in his poop. To this day I want to hurl when conjuring up the image. He had to be dewormed many many times.
All of my cats have been dewormed.
post #11 of 32

What does it mean if you give your cat dewormer and the next day you find a bunch of alive worms in their stool, does it mean they are going away?

post #12 of 32
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Originally Posted by megmerrill1987 View Post

What does it mean if you give your cat dewormer and the next day you find a bunch of alive worms in their stool, does it mean they are going away?


No, it just means the medication hasn't finished working yet. It typically takes 2 deworming treatments about 2 weeks apart to kill off all the worms. Sometimes it can require a third.

post #13 of 32

Hello,

I have a 5 month kitten who suffered from roundworms. Once, I saw her vomit, and I thought she overate but she repeated it several times and lastly, I saw a long roundworm in her vomit (alive and kicking). I immediately gave her half a dose of Drontal (https://www.drontalandadvantage.co.uk/) and she was alright the next day. However, I don't know when I should stop the medication, or if the worms have been ejected or not (I did not check). Does anybody have a similar case? When do you usually stop the Drontal dosage? They tell me I should repeat the dosage every 15 days.

Thanks.

Heidi

post #14 of 32
You should repeat the medication 2-3 times every two weeks to kill off all the worms. Check with your vet for dosage.
post #15 of 32

Is it alright to skip a day? Plus, how can I dissimulate the tablet so that she would gulp it down. It's very hard trying to get the pill into her mouth.

post #16 of 32
You can often pill a cat by hiding the pill in a delicious treat. You need to repeat the dosing every 2 weeks, probably 3 times. You shouldn't skip a dose.
post #17 of 32

I tried hiding the pill in cheese, which she likes. She ate the cheese and left the pill.

post #18 of 32
Keep trying. Sometimes pill pockets work, sometimes you can really mush the cheese around the pill, and sometimes you have to just pop it in her mouth.
post #19 of 32
Can you coat the pill in butter and then shove it in the back of her mouth? That's what I have to do with my cats. The butter helps with the flavour and makes it slippery so it goes down easily.
post #20 of 32

Good idea!

post #21 of 32

So the second time for her pill would be today, then after 15 days, hence the end of the dosage for deworming? Or do I repeat every three months?

post #22 of 32

if there are no worms in her stools=the vet tech usually looks under a microscope after 2 weeks from the 2nd deworming =they look for eggs and worms in the poop-if they don't find any then usually its just the 2 sessions of dewormer-

 

if you have a hunter that eats live prey then they recommend every 3 months a dewormer treatment.

post #23 of 32

Thank you. I have a technical problem. I live in Egypt and therefore have no access to good vets. On the behind of the Drontal dose is printed 1 dose/tablet = 4 kg. Is it alright for kitty who may be weighing 1 kg (she is 6 months old) to take half of it? Thank you. 

post #24 of 32
I'm not sure on the dosage, but is your cat indoor only? If so, she shouldn't need to be repeatedly dewormed after this first round of 2-3 treatments is complete.
post #25 of 32

My cat is semi-indoor, semi-outdoor. We always go for walks in a nearby garden. She never hunts although she does run after birds and insects.

post #26 of 32

Can a cat take only one dose of Drontal? I gave my kitten only half a dose of the one prescribed for a 4kg cat given she weighs less. She is alright.

post #27 of 32

To my first question, is garlic a good alternative? I read this interesting article:

http://www.petremedycharts.com/Learning%20Center/Introduction%20to%20Herbs/LH%20Garlic/Garlic_for_pets.html

post #28 of 32
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Originally Posted by Heidi Bedwani View Post
 

To my first question, is garlic a good alternative? I read this interesting article:

http://www.petremedycharts.com/Learning%20Center/Introduction%20to%20Herbs/LH%20Garlic/Garlic_for_pets.html

 

 

Please don't give garlic to your cat. It is very harmful if ingested: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

 

Be very wary of all web sites with home remedies for pets. Many contain harmful, if not toxic, suggestions on how to treat various conditions and illnesses. Unless you can be 100% sure that a web site is legitmate and has licensed qualified vets on staff who work on keeping the site information correct and up to date, don't try anything at all without consulting with your cat's vet.

 

One dose of a dworming medicine will not work. Typically a cat needs a few treatments to fully break the worm lifecycle. Adult worms are killed first but it takes a few more doses of medicine to get the unaffected younger worms and unhatched eggs. Always follow the pacakge instructions or the vet's instructions on how much medicine to give and how often. Incorrect dosing often leads to the worms coming back again and again.

post #29 of 32
Seconding that garlic is toxic! Very dangerous.
post #30 of 32

Thanks.

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