Q: I went to the vet with a fecal sample and they checked my cat for worms and said he was clean. I wanted him to give meds but he said not to worry. It cost me 150 dollars and three days later my cat passed a tape worm. How could that happen?
Q: I went to the vet with a fecal sample and they checked my cat for worms and said he was clean. I wanted him to give meds but he said not to worry. It cost me 150 dollars and three days later my cat passed a tape worm. How could that happen?'
A: I assume a faecal sample analysis was used to check whether your cat has worms. A faecal analysis looks for the presence of worm eggs to determine whether a cat has worms or not. Unfortunately, worms shed their eggs intermittently, which means that they will not be present in every stool sample. If a cat only has a small number of worms, only a small number of eggs will be shed and we may need to examine 2 or 3 stool samples in order to find worm eggs. It seems that this was the case with your cat, as he clearly had tapeworm! Since the presence of worms is now confirmed, I would suggest giving him an all-wormer to remove any other unwelcome guests he might have. Ask your vet to recommend a product, as not all dewormers will cover for tapeworm.
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