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Help!! Threw up... something!

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
One of the cats threw up upstairs just recently. That's fine, they often have furballs. But this was quite not good. It was half digested food and something that looked like worms maybe. Jeter often chews on his cat tree and at first I thought they were threads from the cat tree, since they looked similar. There were about a dozen or so 'strands' that were about as thick as angel hair pasta, and were off white. They were about an inch long and had tapered ends. Heartworm? Some other worms? But there is nothing in their poo! Could this be something they ate, or are there worms that they would throw up and not poo out? I'm taking them in tomorrow to the vet, all three, but what should i ask for?
post #2 of 23
Good that you are taking them to the vet - he/she will be able to tell for sure - but it soounds like tapeworms to me.
post #3 of 23
They don't vomit up tapeworms. They throw up roundworms. Your kitties need to be seen by a vet and treated.
post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by hissy
They don't vomit up tapeworms. They throw up roundworms. Your kitties need to be seen by a vet and treated.
I agree with Hissy... it's probably roundworms. Heartworms are so uncommon in cats... though heartworms can be thrown up, I doubt if it's that.

Good luck!
post #5 of 23
Sure hope each of your babies is ok, Amber! Please let us know how their appt. goes!
post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 
I will... I'm a little more concerned with Jeter and Fellini, than Grissom, becuase Grissom has been wormed and has had the boosters for it. However, when I took in the other two, it wasn't monetarily possible to have EVERYTHING done, and so I never wormed them. ( I honestly never heard of worming your cat, we never had with any of the strays we took in over the years . Now I know better.) I have several other questions for the vets anyway, such as Fellini's teeth odor which hasn't gotten any better. And Jeter getting so fat. Can I contract these worms??? Oh dear, I honestly can't handle parasites... SOOO gross. I'm concerned as to how they got them, because they don't go out and they don't eat anything and there are no fleas or whatnot. Maybe Fellini had them when he came in and they didn't pick it up with the stool sample.
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by hissy
They don't vomit up tapeworms. They throw up roundworms. Your kitties need to be seen by a vet and treated.
Wow, learn somthing new everyday! Thanks!
post #8 of 23
Roundworms aren't parasites... they are fungus. But, yes, humans can contract them, and they can get serious. I know someone who became blind in one eye, because he stepped in feces contaminated with roundworms! I would suggest getting kitties test asap, because it's a nutrition stealer from them, and a danger to you and your family!

I pray all goes well!
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
But, if its a fungus, what is he throwing up?
post #10 of 23
Fugus steal nutritions from it's host. Your kittie's body senses this, and wants to get rid of it, so, it does all it can to get rid of it. That's why kitty is throwing up... it's body is trying to get rid of the mineral nabbing, nutrition stealing bum called a fungus!
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by CJandBilly
Roundworms aren't parasites... they are fungus.
Roundworms are real worms, Ringworm isn't a worm, its a fungus, perhaps you got the two mixed up.
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by CJandBilly
Fugus steal nutritions from it's host. Your kittie's body senses this, and wants to get rid of it, so, it does all it can to get rid of it. That's why kitty is throwing up... it's body is trying to get rid of the mineral nabbing, nutrition stealing bum called a fungus!
Ringworm is the skin fungus. Roundworms are long skinny actual worms that look like spaghetti and get in the cat's intestines.

I never heard of cats with ringworm throwing up, nor that ringworm robs the body of nutrients.

Here is info on ringworm: http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/ringworm.html

Here is info on roundworms, with photographs of them: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/roun...__kittens.html
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Grissom
But, if its a fungus, what is he throwing up?
As people already pointed out, ringworm is a fungus. Roundworms are actual worms. You kitty most likely has roundworms. Ringworms causes bold spots on the cat, it does not cause cat to vomit. I would collect the worm that your cat threw up, or take a picture of it to show to your vet, so the vet knows what it is.
post #14 of 23
Mine threw up the round worms also, had them all wormed and now there fine
post #15 of 23
I must've gotten them mixed up... sorry
post #16 of 23
Humans can get roundworms from cats, but it's very unlikely. The eggs would have to get into your mouth for you to get infected. As long as you wash your hands before eating or preparing food, you should be fine.

By the way, any creature can get roundworms from eating infected food that hasn't been completely cooked. I'm a sushi lover, so I'm always very careful about where the fish has come from, because it's an easy way to pick up parasites.
post #17 of 23
This website is NOT for the squeamish- but it is one of the best around to show people unfamiliar with PARASITES what they should look for and watch out for-

Dog & Cat Parasites

And thank you to those of you who understood that roundworms and ringworms are not the same and corrected the poster.
post #18 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help and advice. I am going to collect some stool samples tomorrow. Unfortunately, there has been some sort of . . . accident with the worm sample. I had kept the bag of yuckiness, so to speak, and sat it out on the back step so I would see it in the am and remember to take it with me. It's gone. Don't know where, or how, as it hasn't blown into any of the shrubbery, but it certainly isn't where I left it.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Grissom
It's gone. Don't know where, or how, as it hasn't blown into any of the shrubbery, but it certainly isn't where I left it.
umm...all I can think of is...ewwwww
post #20 of 23
hissy i cant get to the website by clicking on that link... is there a web address that you can give me that i can try typing in.... i dont know whats up with the comp or why it wont let me...

Quote:
Originally Posted by hissy
This website is NOT for the squeamish- but it is one of the best around to show people unfamiliar with PARASITES what they should look for and watch out for-

Dog & Cat Parasites

And thank you to those of you who understood that roundworms and ringworms are not the same and corrected the poster.
post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 
Well, the winner is... (drumroll) Roundworms!

The kits had to take a pill... which was a disaster. And they are now on Revolution. Wish us all luck!
post #22 of 23
Roundworms generally need two treatments, they can get pretty intense of an invasion. Also steel yourself for more appearances of them. both in vomit and in stool as the medicine begins to kill them.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by Grissom
Thanks for all the help and advice. I am going to collect some stool samples tomorrow. Unfortunately, there has been some sort of . . . accident with the worm sample. I had kept the bag of yuckiness, so to speak, and sat it out on the back step so I would see it in the am and remember to take it with me. It's gone. Don't know where, or how, as it hasn't blown into any of the shrubbery, but it certainly isn't where I left it.
You need to bring some of your cat's feces to the vet. Put some in a ziplock baggie, then put it in the refrigerator until the time of the appointment. The stool sample has to be kept, "fresh". You can get the sample the evening before the visit and refrigerate it, in case the cat doesn't produce right before the vet visit.
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