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Evidence of worms AFTER deworming??

post #1 of 12
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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 12
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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 12
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Whew! Thanks for verifying that, it's a relief.
post #4 of 12
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.
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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 12
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 12
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 12
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 12
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 12
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 12

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 12
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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.

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