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The Tapeworm is an intestinal parasite; that needs two hosts, an intermediate host for example fleas, mice or other wild animals, and a final host being your cat, here inside your cat it develops into an adult tapeworm and lays its eggs. Tapeworms have both ovaries and testes so are capable of reproducing on their own; they have a head, neck and a segmented body white or cream in colour, and are ribbon like in appearance. An adult tapeworm can grow up to 15 -60 cms in length.

Tapeworm eggs are passed in the faeces and eaten by flea larvae the eggs then hatch inside the flea larvae and become tapeworm. The flea larvae then develops into an adult flea witch goes on to infest your cat and suck its blood, your cat then ingests the flea while grooming, then once inside the cats stomach the flea is broken down and the tapeworm released. It hooks itself onto the wall of the small intestine and from here develops into the adult tapeworm. It takes around 2-3 weeks to reach maturity, and at this stage small egg filled segments break off and leave the cats body with the faeces.

Signs of tapeworm in your cat, your cat will have small rice like segments around its anus and in its faeces, as tapeworm take nutrients from your cat they may also cause the cat to lose weight and their fur to have a rough appearance.

So how do you get rid of tapeworm in your cat? There are a number of very affective products on the market. The most commonly prescribed is Drontal by Bayer, but please always ask your vet what they would recommend.

Can you catch tapeworms from your cat? No, you can not get tapeworms from your cat, how ever if you happened to swallow an infected flea it may be possible to get tapeworms. Eating fleas is not recommended, and a regular defleaing treatment of pets is.

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A Day in the life of a cat at Deloraine Cattery

Cat’s log # 1
May 15, 2011

As the sun peeps through the trees and the birds start to sing, click goes the lock on the front door. Oh please enough with the soppy rubbish, its 7:15am, Breakfast time, Hmmm the sweet smell of kibble fills the air, and triggers a meowing frenzy, I know my turn will come, I won’t miss out, will I? “Rachael, Rachael”.
Yum yum yum, sorry where are my manners. Rachael fills the bowl and asks “how was your night” I don’t know how she expects a reply with my mouth full? She gives me my morning pat and moves on to the next room.

08:00 It’s cleaning time, Rachael is very tidy and likes the cattery to be spotless, she changes the litter trays and my sheets, put fresh water in the water bowls, wipes the benches, sweeps and mops the floor, she so good. But enough about her, cleaning time is a great opportunity to take a look around and play out in the hallway, checking out any new guests, saying hi, make them feel welcome; you know that kind of stuff.

When the rooms all clean Rachael comes and gets me for a brush. Not everyone gets a brush, some of the other cats don’t like it, and get a little upset, but I love it. She always tells me I’m such a good puss, and makes a big fuss of me.

A new guest has just arrived; “Wow what a fantastic place you have here”. “Thank you” Rachael replies as she shows them to their room. Softly spoken words are reassuring as the new guest is quickly settled in. I don’t know what it is but Rachael, she has a way with us cats, she’s always so calm and trusting, she brings us food and brushes us and if we poo on the floor she doesn’t rub my nose in it. Oops hahahaha sorry getting a little carried away there just thought I’d just pop in a bit of humor.

11:30 midday check, most of us are sleeping around this time of the day, so Rachael just tiptoes in to check that we’re all ok, she changes any dirty litter trays then quietly leaves us in peace.

“13:00 afternoon check, for those of us that are awake, it’s a great time for some extra attention and maybe even treats. I just love treats, the ones in the yellow bag, you know the ones Temptations they’re my favorite they taste so good, with the soft meaty center. Why oh why do they make good things so bad????

16:00 the girls are home, I can tell, they love dancing and sometimes you can hear the music from the cattery. I must say though, the girls are great cat patters; they help out when it’s busy over the School holidays. Rachael says there good at multi tasking because they can work and dance at the same time.

Someone’s arrived to pick up their cat, “How was your holiday”. I can hear them talking in the hallway. Max cat knows that’s his mum and he starts to meow. You’ll have to forgive Rachael if she doesn’t remember your name, she knows all the cats though, and everything about us, our personality’s likes and dislikes, she truly is the cat lady. Max gets one last cuddle “see yah Max” as he’s put into his carry cage, “Thanks we’ll see you next time”.

Listen I can hear the clean litter trays being stacked up, it’s almost dinner time. Meows of excitement fill the Cattery, and just like at breakfast time Rachael fills our food bowls and checks we have enough water, we each get a pat “eat up your dinner” she says “I’ll be back soon”.

18:00 Rachael has one last check “goodnight I’ll see you in the morning” and she locks the doors behind her.

All the information in this story is based on the true events witch take place in the day to day running of this top Whangarei Cattery the Deloraine Cattery, and from feed back received from our happy customers.

Oh and don’t forget there is only 1 place your cats should stay while you’re away The Deloraine

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