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.

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  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. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 26, 2011 at 11:01 am

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

  3. 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 veterinarianFebruary 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    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. 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 veterinarianMarch 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

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

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

  8. 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 veterinarianMarch 13, 2013 at 9:07 am

    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. 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 veterinarianJuly 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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

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

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

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

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

  15. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 7, 2013 at 12:08 am

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

  16. 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. How is the medication best delivered?

  18. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm

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

  19. 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 veterinarianAugust 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Not familiar with any topical treatment for tapeworms.

  21. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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