How Do Cats Get Tapeworms?

Tapeworms are one of the most intestinal parasites of cats. It can affect even indoor-only cats. Several species of tapeworms infest cats but it’s the flea tapeworm which is the most common. These are several ways cats can become infected with tapeworms.

Flea tapeworm can be acquired when they swallow fleas that are infected by the parasites while grooming. It’s been estimated that around 50% of the fleas present on a cat’s hair coat will be swallowed during grooming. Once the infected flea is swallowed, the larvae of the tapeworm are released into the cat’s intestine where they will eventually become adults.

Cats that are allowed outdoors prey on wildlife — birds, lizards, rodents, etc. These cats are also at risk of contracting tapeworms when they ingest infected animals.

Talk to your vet Lewisville, TX about the best way to protect your pet cat from tapeworms and other parasites.


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