PetMeds® Treating Tapeworms in Cats

Filed under Dr. Dym's Vet Blog
Tapeworms are commonly transmitted through infected fleas One of most common presenting worms in feline medicine is when feline guardians report to their veterinarians that they are seeing small flat rice like segments around the anal opening or under the tail.  These worms are in most cases called tapeworms.  While tapeworms don’t usually cause a lot of severe clinical diseases in cats, large numbers can cause anal irritation/scooting, as well as being just unsightly for animal guardians.

Tapeworms are usually transmitted when a cat has groomed itself and ingested a flea, which is the most common way that tapeworms are transmitted.  On occasion, animals may also get tapeworms from ingesting wildlife stool such as rabbit feces. With diligent flea control with products like Advantage or Frontline Plus, animal guardians can go a long way towards preventing these unsightly parasites.  1800PetMeds has a wonderful over the counter product that can be used in treating tapeworms called Tape Worm Tabs.  The main ingredient most effective is called praziquantel.  While one dose is usually all that is needed, I will sometimes repeat a dose in 3-4 weeks just to make sure the tapeworms are gone.


  1. Torrie Cleary
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Hi, My kitten has Tapeworms and he took the meds thats kills them but i was wondering does the medicien kill every singal tapeworm in his body inclueding the larve and the adults?

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    The medicine should cover all of the stages, especially if given twice at three week intervals.

  3. Richard Cunane
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Can dogs get tapeworms from the cat.? What are the best signs for both dogs and cats.? We are seeing the white/beige stuff in ctas bedding but nothing else srange in the cats or dogs. Thanks

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Usually the most common signs of tapeworms are seeing the flat segments of the worms in the stool or near the anus of the affected animals. Most pets do not have other symptoms. Dogs can get tapes from the cats. Best to treat all animals in home with medicine such as praziquantel.

  5. Dee
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    i adopted a kitten i noticed it has worms. I did give him a dose of wormer from the store but his vet appointment isnt till monday is my 8 ys old son in danger

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    I would not worry. Just keep son away froml litter box and exposure to stool

  7. Tammy Schlott
    Posted June 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    If my cat takes Revolution every month can I give her Profender
    {emodepside/praziquantel) for the tape worms she has?

  8. Allison
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    My cat was treated for worms twice – once by the vet and then again with an OTC wormer from the pet store. She still barfs a lot, eats almost her weight in food every day and is skinny as a rail. She is an Asian Shorthair, so her natural build is long and slender. Also, she is 14 yrs. old. I’ve tried her on senior food, but she doesn’t like it. Also, I don’t know how to keep the 4 year old cat from eating any special food I have for her or to keep her from eating his. Any suggestions?

  9. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 13, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I would not be thinking of worms as a cause of her chronic symptoms in a pet this age. A full blood workup should be done including CBC/chemistry and thyroid panel to look for underlying causes before I can advise on treatment or diet.

  10. Posted July 3, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    My older cat had these symptoms. It was her thyroid. Have her checked for hyperthyroidism. Doing great on the medication!

  11. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi Joan. Thanks for sharing. Hyperthyroidism treatable condition in most cats

  12. Lisa
    Posted July 24, 2013 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    My kitten has worms will a over the counter med work ?

  13. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Yes over the counter wormers like pyrantel or nemex or strongid are highly effective against roundworms and hookworms.

  14. maria
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    my cat leaves a white mark after he seats,what is that? thank you

  15. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted August 7, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Could be tapeworms, but I would have vet exam and evaluation

  16. Abel Nicola
    Posted July 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Took a stool sample of one of my cats to the vet because it looked dark. Poop was fine, but he found fluke eggs. Told me to get Praziquantel. Will this get rid of the flukes and the eggs?

  17. Abel Nicola
    Posted July 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    How is the medication best delivered?

  18. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    This drug should get rid of both flukes and eggs. Drug can be delivered by injection or pill. I prefer the injection

  19. Linda Hoffecker
    Posted August 7, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Is there any kind of topical treatment for tape worms.?? My outside cats have them and they are not tame enough to pill and I crushed it to put in food. They and even the possum would not eat that food. Must taste awful to them..

  20. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted August 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Not familiar with any topical treatment for tapeworms.

  21. Linda Hoffecker
    Posted August 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    I found out that Profender takes care of a lot of worms including tapes so I think that that is the answer about the topical. It’s just not only for tapes, but other’s too.. I use Revolution for fleas and ticks, mites and certain other worms but it doesn’t do tapes so I guess two topicals would have to be used only I’d put about 3 wks between the uses..

  22. jo
    Posted January 30, 2015 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Hi! — I have 2 cats w/ problems: One which has been treated for roundworms multiple times, yet – for years now – has had diarrhea (and occasional vomiting). I feed her pumpkin w/ canned food now to slow down intestinal transit, but nothing seems to help.

    The other kitty got tapeworms from the dog, I’ve treated her as well… but, they seem to have come back again and how she is bloated, lost weight, eating like a mongrel ..and NEVER satiated.

    I’m giving them both diatomacious earth on their food daily. I can’t afford the vet visits again… Is there something natural I can use to treat them continuously?

  23. Linda Hoffecker
    Posted January 30, 2015 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I bought diatomaceous earth that is edible kind and the paper i got with it says that not only will it kill fleas by scraping of their skins and dehydrating them, you can sprinkle the Diatom earth on the food and it will eventually kill the tapes. I have not done it, yet, but plan to do that instead of doing nothing.

  24. jo
    Posted January 31, 2015 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    The diatomaceous earth isn’t working; I’ve been giving it to them as a maintenance effort, but it hasn’t killed the tapes.

    Is Dr. Dym still around? … or any vet still overseeing the site?

  25. Linda Hoffecker
    Posted February 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    How much have you been giving your cat? I think that my directions say to give 1 tsp a day. Does that sound right? Thanks.

  26. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 2, 2015 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Yes still here. Try different form of natural treatment such as using essential oils, and/or also consider Sentry natural product to apply to back. Go to website for some other natural options.

  27. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 3, 2015 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    See the roundworm and tapeworm natural suggestions in the book Dr Pitcairns’ guide to NAtural health for dogs and cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, phd

  28. Linda Hoffecker
    Posted February 3, 2015 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    I went to that website and saw some ‘barks’ that you can use but they don’t tell how to administer to the pet (cats). I have outside mostly wild ones but they have tapes.

  29. jo
    Posted February 3, 2015 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I have the book, thanks. Been through it cover to cover. Nothing working. I’m wondering whether long-term roundworms could cause irreversible intestinal distress that might never get better. It’s incredibly stressful.. for both of us. She goes whenever (about 6-8x a day), and WHEREVER it’s convenient. Ruined most of my carpeting. Needless to say, I luv the little bugger, but our relationship is becoming beyond strained…. Can roundworms be continuous? ..or cause long-term issues?

  30. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Roundworms rarely continuous and DONT typically cause long term issues.

  31. Linda Hoffecker
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Jo, I have Pitcairn’s first book, too. My vet is one of the contributors but he does not do holistic because he said that most people want faster results than that kind of treatment can provide. So, why don’t you just give the cat the yellow liquid for roundworms, like I did, get rid of them and your life will be much easier. I don’t think it’s as harmful as having those worms all the time and the kitten being miserable.. It could also have ghiardia. That’s a hard one to find in the stool because when out of the body, it just dissolves..

  32. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Although conventional wormers are sometimes necessary, as a Richard Pitcairn trainee myself, I also must say that the constitution of the cat should be improved, hopefully through diet and homeopathic remedy prescribing, which is well worth the investment in time and patience to avoid future chronic health issues and expense.

  33. Charlene Lovelace
    Posted February 18, 2015 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Have ordered Dog Worms3 for dogs, can I give it to cats?

  34. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 18, 2015 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I would not use a dog only labelled products for cats.

  35. Jess
    Posted May 22, 2015 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    I give my cat Revolution every 30 days. Is he going to be alright if I give him a ProLabs Tapeworm tablet around that time or with it? PetMeds has told me in the past he would be just fine and not to worry, but I still do. My veterinarian asked me if I wanted to give him an injection for the tapeworms and I had to decline. I just didn’t have the money at the time for the injection! The staff at the front said to get ProLabs Tapeworm tabs from PetMeds of which I did. Trust me when I say that I do the best for him, but I still have to pay for rent and food or my cat nor I would have a place to live nor nothing to eat. I have come to the realization that most veterinarians are not people who like payment plans. My own doctor and my mother’s Oncologist have payment plans. Why don’t most veterinarians? I’m not trying to be rude. I just want to know if it is safe or not? Unfortunately I cannot afford a Tapeworm injection at this time which is why I purchased the ProLabs a Tapeworm tabs. He is an indoor only cat, but that doesn’t keep fleas away and he has had Tapeworms twice before and once was actually after the “injection”.

    My question is this: Can I administer the Tapeworm tablet while my cat is also being treated with Revolution?
    I got them because there were 3 in the bottle in case they did come back. I apologize for rambling, but I did notice where a woman asked this same exact question around 2 years ago and it was completely skipped.

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