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How to Kill Tapeworms in Cats Naturally

Updated February 09, 2018

A tapeworm is a segmented worm that can live inside your cat as an intestinal parasite. Symptoms of a tapeworm infestation depend on the breed of cat and type of tapeworm but may include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy and small white portions of the tapeworm around the cat's anus or in faeces. Tapeworms occur inside your cat when it eats a flea that is carrying a tapeworm larva. There are natural remedies for killing tapeworms; however, they may take longer to work. If your cat is experiencing severe distress due to tapeworms, consult its veterinarian for the best course of treatment.

Use an herbal collar and a shampoo or spray with natural flea repelling ingredients to rid your cat of fleas. Eliminating fleas is the first step to treating tapeworm or else your cat will still be at risk for tapeworm infestation.

Give your cat an over-the-counter homeopathic remedy such as HomeoPet Worm Clear or Tape-eze. These remedies are a blend of homeopathic dilutions such as granatum, filix mas, cina and arsenicum that are meant to work similarly to a vaccine.

Try a natural worming product such as Parasite Dr. Natural or herbal worming products typically include ingredients like wormwood, mint, garlic, clove and neem oil. These ingredients are thought to kill the parasite or encourage it to leave the digestive tract.

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Jo Burns has been a freelance writer since 1980. She specializes in articles relating to home and garden, alternative health care, travel, writing and crafting. In 2007, Burns received an M.F.A. in creative writing.