PetMeds® Treating Tapeworms in Cats

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.

Share this Post: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google Plus StumbleUpon Reddit RSS Email

Related Posts

34 Comments

  1. 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. 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

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm · Reply

      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.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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?

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 13, 2013 at 9:07 am · Reply

      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.

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

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm · Reply

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

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

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm · Reply

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

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

  9. 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?

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm · Reply

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

  10. How is the medication best delivered?

  11. 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..

  12. 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..

  13. 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?

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 3, 2015 at 12:01 am · Reply

      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

      • 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?

        • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 9, 2015 at 11:16 pm · Reply

          Roundworms rarely continuous and DONT typically cause long term issues.

        • 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..

          • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm

            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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

    • Jo,
      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.

    • Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 2, 2015 at 11:45 pm · Reply

      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 http://www.fiestapetdeli.com for some other natural options.

  16. 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.

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

Leave a Comment

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>