Tape worm in a cat

Dwarf Tapeworm

Dwarf Tapeworm

Question:

I was wonder if a cat infected with tapeworm can pass it to another cat if they use the same litter box?

Answer:

According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, cats most often become infected with tapeworms and other internal parasites by ingesting infected fleas while grooming. Another common way infection occurs is through use of the same litter box, from one cat to another as your question suggests. As all cat lovers know, cats love to dig their paws into things including litter to bury their feces. Worm eggs from another cat can cling to the paws and, here again during grooming, can be ingested. Potential internal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and other stomach worms.

The best prevention against worms in cats and worms in dogs is to follow good sanitation procedures. Remove feces daily and (wearing rubber gloves) wash the litter box each week with soap and then rinse with a common household disinfectant like diluted Clorox Bleach. Above all, you must control the population of intermediate carriers such as fleas and ticks. It’s a lot of work, but healthy cats make it a labor of love.

See also Can Dog Worms and Cat Worms Infect Humans?

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