Fleas can carry and spread many diseases, but they also harbor parasites of their own – tapeworms. These microscopic parasites can be transferred to your cat if she ingests a carrier flea, so it is a good idea to take preventative action against fleas by using a cat flea treatment like a flea collar or flea spray. You should also familiarize yourself with signs of tapeworms in cats, so you can seek treatment as soon as possible if you think your feline friend may have a hidden hitchhiker.
Tapeworms can only be transferred to your cat if she eats a flea with one of these parasites on board. This can happen accidentally while she's grooming herself or if she finds a flea in your yard or home, but you can reduce the risk by checking her regularly using a flea comb or using a product like Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Home Fogger.
If your cat does manage to get a tapeworm, VCA Animal Hospitals reported you may be able to see pieces of the parasite, known as proglottids, in her feces. She may also scoot her rear end across the floor, as the proglottids can cause irritation around the anus, but this is less common in cats than it is in dogs.
If you notice these symptoms, bring your cat to the veterinarian right away to get treatment.
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