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Cats Ringworm & Tapeworm
All cats will be affected by worms at some point in their life and a great deal will be re-infected unless they’re given a routine worming treatment. Eliminating worms is relatively simple and affordable, so regular treatment is strongly recommended, particularly as some types of worm can be passed onto humans.
What sort of worms affect cats?
There are two important types of parasitic worms in cats – roundworms and tapeworms.
Roundworms can grow up to 15 cm long and are white in colour. As their name suggests they’re round, whereas tapeworms are flat. Tapeworms can grow up to 60 cm long. Both roundworms and tapeworms live in the cat’s intestines (along with two other types of smaller worm called whip worms and hookworms). These are parasitic worms that can live in the cat’s lungs, heart, stomach or