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post #1 of 13
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I bought a cat about 1 year old when i purchased about 6 months ago. She grew rapidly and was getting sorda chunky and then all the sudden, i noticed little maget like worms on the outside of her tushy, and i cleaned them off. I kept looking and didnt ever see them again. It has now been about 1 month and she has drematically lost weight. All her bones are starting to stick out.. I love my bubbles and recently made a vet appointment, btu they could not get me in for about two weeks!! I am scared , does anyone know what kind of worms would look maget like?? She has been acting very irritable and jumpy.. She seems to eat alot of food, yet she isnt gettin any nutrition. When i purchased her she had recently gotten shots from the foster mom and she said that bubbles was treated for worms and that they were all gone. I am so nervous and want my baby to get the right care. In the mean time does anyone have any advice for me? Please. I am really worried..
post #2 of 13
Your cat really needs to see a vet. Are there any other vets in your area that could see you sooner, or maybe a 24 hour emergency vet?
post #3 of 13
whatever you do - do not use an over the counter dewormer. Call your Vet again and see if they can't squeeze her in. If not see if another Vet can see her soon.


All the best and please let us know how she is doing!
post #4 of 13
Sounds like this:
TAPEWORMS (Dipylidium caninum, T. taeniaeformis) are the other type of parasite that’s visible to the naked eye. Actually, what you will observe are tapeworm segments that have broken off from the adult parasite that is attached to the lining of the cat’s intestinal tract. These tapeworm pieces vary in length, are usually white and are frequently seen (while still alive) contracting and expanding around the cat’s rectum or on a dog’s stool immediately after elimination. Once the segments die, they will look like grains of uncooked wild rice or sesame seeds and are often found where the cat sleeps.

You need to get her to the vet to be treated ASAP!
post #5 of 13
Yes indeed. It sounds very much like tapeworms. The dewormer the person you got her from probably wormed her for roundworm, the more common one, and that medicine doesn't do anything to tapeworms. Or she may have used an OTC dewormer which is unsafe and ineffective both, so it didn't kill them all anyway.

Get vet treatment sooner than two weeks. As much sooner as possible. And tell the vet when you make the appt that you want a stool sample done so they can tell you what they need you to do.
post #6 of 13
You have every right to be worried and should be worried. You have an emergency on your hands. It was not an emergency a month ago but it has developed into one. I personally find the quality of service you are getting from your vet very poor.

Not to digress, but that two week wait would irritate me to the point it would not be acceptable.

I find it odd they told her it was a 2 week wait. I see she is from Flordia which indicates there are plenty of vets around even if one has to drive even an hour from their most remote areas. I've been put off for 1 day before in which they always gave me an option of an emergency vet if I could not live with the 1 day wait. Personally if a vet told me that we had a 2 week wait for an illness I would change vets. The only thing a 2 week wait would be acceptable for would be a routine visit such as casteration, shots or teeth cleaning.

That vet must be understaffed.

Make an appointment with a new vet imediately that will get you in within a day.
post #7 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by AngPanj24
I bought a cat about 1 year old when i purchased about 6 months ago. She grew rapidly and was getting sorda chunky and then all the sudden, i noticed little maget like worms on the outside of her tushy, and i cleaned them off. I kept looking and didnt ever see them again. It has now been about 1 month and she has drematically lost weight. All her bones are starting to stick out.. I love my bubbles and recently made a vet appointment, btu they could not get me in for about two weeks!! I am scared , does anyone know what kind of worms would look maget like?? She has been acting very irritable and jumpy.. She seems to eat alot of food, yet she isnt gettin any nutrition. When i purchased her she had recently gotten shots from the foster mom and she said that bubbles was treated for worms and that they were all gone. I am so nervous and want my baby to get the right care. In the mean time does anyone have any advice for me? Please. I am really worried..

I agree with the other posters, she needs to be taken to a vet. If you have told the vet what is going on, and they have put you off, then I would change vets. At the very least, they should allow you to bring in a stool sample, which at my vet clinic does not require an appointment, and do a fecal exam for you.
post #8 of 13
The cat needs treatment immediately. I am also confused that the vet would not see this as serious and advise to come in asap. You would be better off finding a new vet.
post #9 of 13
For sure that poor kitty needs some immediate vet care-and if I were you, I would find another vet as well. The one you currently have doesnt seem to worried. Please let us know what happens! Good luck.
post #10 of 13
I agree! I had a vet several years ago who came from a family gathering at the lake on a Sunday afternoon when I thought my cat was sick with a fever again (turned out she was in her first heat and I was mortified that I got her away from the lake...But to my defense, she was having the exact same symptoms as when she had a high fever and had to get fluids under the skin. Different kind of fever, I suppose) and she didn't hold it against me

I would think that your vet would be able to see her, or as was said, at least get a worm check done! Did the vet tell you that (not for 2 weeks), or was it the receptionist? I would ask to speak to (one of) the vet(s), and tell him what is going on and can you get an emergency appointment, if you really like this vet and don't want to change. My vet (or one of them) will always speak to me, and usually right then and there (it's rare that I have to wait for a call back).

If they won't speak to you or call you back in a reasonable amount of time, I would definitely find another vet, no matter how far I had to drive.
post #11 of 13
Hi,

Until your cat is cleared of those worms, be really careful not to catch them from eggs you could ingest. Wash your hands and nails carefully everytime you touch her.

Good luck,

N.
post #12 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by GingersMom
Sounds like this:
TAPEWORMS (Dipylidium caninum, T. taeniaeformis) are the other type of parasite that’s visible to the naked eye. Actually, what you will observe are tapeworm segments that have broken off from the adult parasite that is attached to the lining of the cat’s intestinal tract. These tapeworm pieces vary in length, are usually white and are frequently seen (while still alive) contracting and expanding around the cat’s rectum or on a dog’s stool immediately after elimination. Once the segments die, they will look like grains of uncooked wild rice or sesame seeds and are often found where the cat sleeps.

You need to get her to the vet to be treated ASAP!


The quoted post is 100% correct.
Get your kittie to a vet, if your regular vet cannot take her in by 2 weeks. call another vet. Keep calling vets through your phone book until one will take you, if that doesnt work, show up at a vet with the cat and make them see you. Your cats life is at risk. IF she is becoming visually ematied you have a real sick kittie on your hands. VET. NOW.

AND
Do becareful you as a human CAN catch tapeworms.
post #13 of 13
I think its ridiculous that your vet can't see her for 2 weeks. Maybe a new receptionist? I would call back again! Most vets leave time open each day so that emergancies such as this can happen.
Heck my old vet would always get me in within an hour of calling!

If you still can't get her in, call another vet! You poor cat does not need to suffer for another 2 weeks.
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