Tapeworms are intestinal parasites which plague many species, including cats. The two most common tapeworms found in cats are diplyidium canium, which is contracted by felines via fleas, and taenia taeniaeformis, which is contracted by felines via rodents. Tapeworms do not pose an immediate threat to felines' health, but should be treated. There are a number of effective treatments to remove tapeworms before they grow and become dangerous to cats.
Prevention is the Best Treatment
The best way to protect your cat from tapeworms is to control your cat's exposure to fleas. Advantage Topical Flea Control, Revolution and Only Natural Herbal Defense Spray are some popular flea control products for cats. By guarding against fleas, you significantly decrease your cat's risk of getting a tapeworm and may avoid any future need to extract a tapeworm.
Visit the Veterinarian
If you notice that there are little white specks that look like sesame seeds in your cat's stool, sleeping area, or fur, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately. Although tapeworms are not usually life-threatening, they do feed on nutrients from your cat's body and can ultimately cause severe malnutrition and even death if left untreated. You vet will confirm the tapeworm diagnosis and may prescribe the drug Praziquantel, otherwise known as Tape Worm Tabs.
Homeopathic Treatment for Tapeworms
Some pet owners prefer to avoid conventional medication. Although a vet visit is still highly recommended if you suspect that your cat is hosting a tapeworm, the Only Natural Pet Store does offer a homeopathic treatment for tapeworms in felines called HomeoPet Wrm Clear. This treatment option will effectively remove your cat's tapeworm, but expect it to work more slowly than Praziquantel.