Posts Tagged ‘owning a cat’

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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Here is an interesting little fact……
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of cat ownership in the world. Cats are the most commonly owned companion animal, with an approx 1,500,000 kept as loved and loving companions.
If you are one of those owners…. keep up the good work with the care of your feline friend(s).
Remember if going away you should avoid risking leaving your cat home alone! Book it into your local cattery and be sure it is safe and cared for while you are away.

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The biggest problem with kittens is that they eventually grow up to become cats.
It needs to be remembered that having a pet (be it a cat or otherwise) is for a long term period not just for christmas.
The cat is the most popular Kiwi pet and this is for good reason. Generally speaking they are cheap to feed and easy to own. Cats easily adapt to the area they are living in, whether it be an apartment in the city or out on the farm.
Owning a cat will quite often mean you will be on it’s “staff” for somewhere between 14 – 20 years! So think about this when taking on kittens because being responsible for your cat will mean regular vet visits and ongoing flea treatments and much more. When travelling, you will need to arrange to board your cat(s) in a quality cattery to ensure they are safe while you enjoy a break away.
However, in the long run cats will bring much joy and company to any home.

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