Tapeworms – Looks like a piece of white rice. It is found in their feces, bedding, or around the anus of the cat or kitten. Tapeworms are very common and generally aren’t harmful to cats. Rarely, tapeworms may cause debilitation or weight loss if they are present in large numbers. Cats become infected with tapeworms from swallowing a flea infected with a tapeworm larvae or from eating infected mice or other exposed animals. To rid your cat/kitten (over 7 weeks old) of these, purchase Praziquantel Feline Tape Worm Tablets or liquid. Usually you can buy this over the counter at your local pet supermarkets (Petco/PetSmart). Check with your vet if you have any concerns or questions. One pill costs anywhere from 4-8 dollars. Some vets like to charge you a visit fee for this issue, while others will let you walk in to grab the pill.
*Here is the dosing chart for Praziquantel Feline Tape Worm Tablets 23mg each (not located on the bottle). 4 lbs and under = ½ tablet, 5-11 lbs = 1 tablet, Over 11 lbs = 1 ½ tablets.
UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) – Your cat is going to the litter box frequently with little to no pee coming out OR your cat peed on the tile or wood floor and there is blood in it- The cat is trying to tell you something and is why this is going on. The cold floor is also soothing for a cat in pain and reason he/she may have peed there. They probably have a UTI or other bacterial issue. Take the cat to the vet as soon as possible.
A simple illness can overwhelm a kitten very quickly. If your kitten becomes lethargic or has any drastic changes call a vet ASAP.