Tapeworm Parasite in Cat - Cestode Identification. I suspected that my cat had parasites, because I saw some small white things crawling around its anus. So, I went out to buy some medicine (an Anthelmintic) for it. The clerk at the pet supply store gave me Pyrantel pamoate (which is for Nematodes, such as roundworms and hookworms), without offering me any alternatives or asking any other questions.
I thought that would do the trick, I mean, 'cuz it was a pet store telling me what I needed and all.
It turns out that I needed a different drug for a different type of parasites called Tapeworms (Cestodes), and the medication for that is called Praziquantel (Biltricide).
I should have done the research on how to identify parasite types before buying the medication, but, hey, ya learn somethin' new every day, eh!?!
So, since I could not find a lot of pictures identifying this specific tapeworm parasite, I thought I'd provide this video showing how this creature moves and morphs its shape.
I has assumed this wasn't a tapeworm at first because it wasn't really very long, as I thought a worm would be.
To help explain why what we see excreted from the cat is different than what we would think, i have summarized some wiki info below.
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The body [of a tapeworm] is composed of successive segments (called Proglottids, which are hermaphrodites.) The sum of which are called Strobila, which is thin, and resembles a strip of tape.
Mature proglottids are released from the tapeworm's posterior end and leave the host in feces.
Once anchored to the host's intestinal wall, the tapeworm... begins to grow a long tail, with each segment containing an independent digestive system and reproductive tract. Older segments are pushed toward the tip of the tail as new segments are produced by the neckpiece.
By the time a segment has reached the end of the tail, only the reproductive tract is left. It then drops off, carrying the tapeworm eggs... by that point, the proglottid is, in essence, a sac of eggs.
Tags: Tapeworm Parasite in Cat - Cestode Identification, Parasites, Proglottids, Cestode, Nematodes, Anthelmintics, Tapeworms