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Worms on kitten's tail
Jul 22nd, 2006 at 10:14am
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I found a dehydrated ktten yesterday, and after feeding it, this morning its tail is covered in worms, I assume tapeworms, and they've destroyed the fur and opened the skin. Help! What can I put on her to help as I know it must be painful. She's probably about 6 weeks old, but not sure.
  
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Reply #1 - Jul 22nd, 2006 at 9:27pm
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If the kitten is dehydrated and you found worms all over the tail, then the kitten needs to get to the vet.  May not be tapeworm that you are seeing.  Could very well be maggots, especially with open sores.  If you really want to help the kitten, take it to the vet.
  

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Reply #2 - Aug 8th, 2006 at 2:34pm
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Tapeworms do not imbed themselves into the skin. It definetly sounds like your rescue kitty has maggots. She needs to go the vet ASAP. The wounds may be deeper than you think.
  
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Reply #3 - Aug 8th, 2006 at 10:05pm
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I agree that it sounds like maggots. Most worms live internally, and wouldn't be infesting the tail, I wouldn't think.

You do need to take her to a vet, but I don't think maggots would actually hurt the kitty too much. I've seen maggots being used to actually eat away dead skin (as they don't eat living flesh) on people (gross, but apparently medically effective), so if you think in that way, they may actually be doing the kitty a favor!

However, she probably does need some sort of treatment for the sores.

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Reply #4 - Aug 8th, 2006 at 10:55pm
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While it is true that the maggots may actually be helping, maggots often are symptoms of a very, very deep wound. If you are seeing a large infestation of worms, then the wounds may be much deeper than you think and potentially life threatening to a young, immunosuppressed kitten. Get her to a vet asap. How is she doing now?
  
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