Can I give my cat worm medecine while she's nursing?
She seems to have tape worm-always wining for food-her kittens are 7 weeks old
on Apr 9th 2008
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I would NEVER give a pregnant or nursing momma any medication unless I was very sure that she DOES have worms. You need to have her stool tested by a vet if you think she has worms. Whatever you give to her will, as in humans, pass through her milk to her kittens and that wouldn't be good. She is whining for food because she is feeding seven little mouths PLUS her own. The kittens should be weaned soon and then you can take her to the vet to find out what's wrong...if anything, with her.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on Apr 10th.
Agreeing with Izzie. I wouldn't give her medicine without consulting a vet, especially in her condition. It could be that she's burning up calories feeding those new little ones instead of a tape worm. Momma cats need more food than usual to keep up the nutrition demands of both them and their babies.
Oscar J. Cat answered on 4/10/08. Helpful? / 0
Izzie is right on.
Tinker Bell 2003-2006 answered on 4/10/08. Helpful? / 0
Are you sure she has tape-worms? what do the worms look like? people often confuse the species of worms-thinking long worms must be tape worms, but tape worms actually resemble small grains of rice. Tape worm infections are less common- most kitties have round worms. It is safe to deworm kitties for roundworms while nursing and pregnant. Infact-they recommend you routinely deworm for roundworms through out the pregnancy (the worms can be transfered across the placenta and cause worm infection in the kittens before they are even born!). the kittens should be dewormed, they are old enough so I would do it asap, along with their first set of vaccines.
good comment izzie! agree with her, but also look at her anus, vagina,feces, and same with kittens, if she does have worms, beware!!!!!! kittens will be sick!!!
Kittens can be wean as early as around 8 weeks, but they need to have plenty of incentives, i.e., yummy kitten food around, and some KRM (Kitten Replacement Milk). You can speed up the process of weaning by enticing the kittens by making kitten food available to them 24/7. If you do that, they might wean sooner, so holding off on deworming will be less of a problem.
BTW, I wouldn't assume tapeworm if the only lead you have is that she is hungry. If you're leaving it up to her to feed everyone, she's probably losing all the calories she gains when she feeds the kittens. Nursing moms can never be offered enough food, so trust her when she tells you she needs more.
If you are certain that it is tapeworm, and mom has weaned her kittens, you should get tapeworm meds from a vet (who can also tell you for sure safe alternatives for nursing mother cats, if there are any). Over the counter remedies often don't work at all for tapeworms & can poison your cat.
Boris answered on 4/11/08. Helpful? / 0