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Hitching a Free Ride: Intestinal Parasites

Parasites are often present in your cat's intestines, and may or may not cause illness. You may see evidence of tapeworms in your cat's feces -- they are small white bits, and look like cooked rice. If you think your cat has these parasites -- or if you have a new kitten -- take a feces sample to the vet for analysis.

Rid your cat of parasites for her comfort and health, but also for your safety; remember that some cat parasites such as toxoplasma gondii can be a human health hazard as well. Take care when you're handling feces, especially if you are pregnant. Wear gloves, and wash your hands thoroughly. Resist the urge to play with the feces, as fun as it may seem.

There are many different kinds of intestinal parasites, including:

  • Tapeworms (transmitted by fleas or mice
  • Hookworms (especially in warm and humid climates)
  • Roundworms
  • Lungworms
  • Protozoa (such as Giardia and Toxoplasma)

Your vet will recommend the best way to get rid of your cat's parasites.

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