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Kitten with tapeworms

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Gus is about 12 weeks old (got him about 3 weeks ago). We noticed tapeworms on him yesterday, and this morning, I noticed a few more on our bed, along with what I think is flea droppings. I took him to the vet today. He was given an exam, medication for the tapeworms and roundworms, and also Revolution. He's a little over 1 pound, which I was told he should be around 3 lbs by now. Other than that, he's been pretty healthy - eating, drinking, pooping, and playing normally. Anyways, my questions are:

1. Is it too soon to give him the flea treatment tonight? He's already in a little bit of a shock from his visit, and I'm afraid I might stress him out a little more. If its not ok tonight, how long should I wait?

2. What should I be doing about the fleas? Is the Revolution and vaccuming, and cleaning his litter box enough? If not, what exactly do I have to do?

Any help would be wonderful...


post #2 of 11
I would wait until he has settles a bit from his vet visit before you treat the fleas. Give him until tomorrow to process the worming medication and then you can apply the Revolution. And yes, your plan is enough. Make sure you use a little bit of bleach and very hot water and scrub his litter box. Rinse it well and dry in the sun.
post #3 of 11
Now that the tapes have been treated, he should begin to put on weight as he is very underweight currently. Something that will help is kitten glop. It's very nutritious and kittens love it.

Home-made kitten formula (Kitten Glop)

8 ounces water
1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin
8 ounces whole evaporated milk (not skim)
1 tablespoon mayonnaise (not low fat)
2 tablespoons plain yogurt (not low fat)
1 large or 2 small eggs yolks (raw)
1 teaspoon clear Karo syrup
* 1-3 drops liquid pet vitamins
* 1 capsule acidophilus
* 1 drop Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)

* Optional, though very beneficial.

Boil the water, add the gelatin and mix well. Add the following ingredients in order, mixing well after each addition:

1/2 of the canned milk
Mayonnaise and Yogurt
Rest of the milk
All other ingredients

You can substitute canned goat's milk for the canned evaporated milk, if you prefer it. This mixture will keep in the fridge for up to four days. It is jello-like in consistency in the fridge so you can just scoop out as much as you need and warm. It can also be frozen in ice cube trays and defrosted as needed. You can find pet vitamins at a pet store or your vet, and acidophilus and GSE in the liquid form at a good health food store.
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks Kumbulu! I'll wait until he's feeling a bit better for the flea medicine. I read about the bleach thing in another post. How much is a little? like a tsp. of bleach to a cup of hot water? This might be a stupid question, but what is the kitten glop for? Is it the same as KMR 2nd Step, because we have some of that... sorry I'm a total newbie with kittens.
post #5 of 11
yes, that amount of bleach sounds fine. The kiten glop is full of vitamins and nutrients and some people prefer it over using the commercially available formulae such as KMR but KMR is fine to use for him. Is he eating and drinking well?
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
yah, he's been eating and drinking normally, even after his vet visit. Since the visit, the only time he gets off of my lap is when he's hungry or thirsty
post #7 of 11
Good news.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks! at about 2 am, Gus woke up and started being his silly self again. He's been eating and drinking normally but has only pooped once. I didn't see if it had any worms in there; my bf changed the litter box after he finished. He's back to sleep. How long will it take for the vomitting and pooping to take place?
post #9 of 11
Most times there is no vomiting or diarrhea. When I treat my foster kittens, they may do one loose stool and then they're OK.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
ok, thanks.. after what I read in previous posts, I thought he would get vomiting/diarrhea. He actually just went first batch was wet, the second was normal.. *sigh* the little stinker...
post #11 of 11
Glad to hear Gus is better.
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