PARASITES

Disclaimer–bugs are gross, but unfortunately we live with them, so we need to know more about them. If at any point you have the overwhelming desire to rush to a restroom, exit via this door, head straight down the hallway, at the end of the hallway the restrooms are on the opposite wall and slightly to the left. If you are a vet, chances are I’m going to bore you to tears tonight, unless of course you find great humor in watching a characteristically squemish, bug hating girl talking about bugs...

So... parasites...

The first indication that a cat is infected with some type of parasite is, very often, the presence of "something" in the cat's feces, particularly with ferals. If the cat (or other pet) passes anything unusual in its feces, SAVE IT! Your veterinarian will usually find it more helpful to "see" what was in the animal’s feces than to listen to your description of it. The best way to save such specimens is to pick them out of your animal’s feces and put them into a container containing some alcohol (rubbing alcohol not whiskey). The alcohol will kill and preserve the specimen.

In dealing with a colony, it will be nearly impossible to figure out which cat has the parasite

- they spread

- en masse treatments are often required

When handling a feral, particularly one that hasn’t been tested or treated for parasites, be careful

- tapeworms and roundworms can infect humans