caterpillars in cats sick?

by paul
(UK)

My cat has been sick three times over the last couple of months and each time she has four or five of these things that look like caterpillars in it. They are usually dark green or brown and have lots of legs. Are these some kind of worms or actually caterpillars? I assumed they were worms but can't find anything about it online. I wormed her a few weeks ago just in case, but it happened again last night. I just can't see her finding that many caterpillars, especially at this time of year. Are there kind of worms that sound like this?

Many thanks

Paul

Answer by KAte
Sounds to me like they may be larvea of some sort, perhaps worms look like this at first. However fleas do have a larvea phase and i wonder if your cat is licking them off her fur and swallowing them and then vomiting them up.

You have done the right thing in treating her for worms, it is important that she has been treated for all kinds of worms, not all products treat all kinds. the vet will sell a good worming medication, it may be worth asking them about this, i'm sure they will be able to advise if you pop in and speak to the receptionist without charging you a consultation fee (i pop into mine to buy the flea and worming medication all the time)

After giving the medication give it a few weeks to see if the symptoms and the vomiting stops. If not then your only course of action is to see a vet for more advice.

best wishes kate

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White worms with legs
by: Anonymous

When I lived in China we often saw these worms in public toilets. They are a human infestation and as humans can catch colds from cats I wonder if this could be the type of worms we are seeing.

Catapillars
by: Dean

These critters are definately not hairballs and the more I research, the more that I believe these are catapillars. I have not found any alive and they don't seem to be chewed up, so I believe that she is not eating them. I have treated her with a deworming pill and hopefully this will work. As I said before this has been going on for quite some time.

caterpillar
by: Anonymous

My cat is having the same issue, i looked all over the net and could not identify the worms, but they do have legs and antennaes. I scooped one from her vomit and took it to the vet and they think it is a caterpillar, we are treating her for worms and hopefully this will take care of it, but this has been going on for a long time before I figured out what the problem is.

catapillars
by: Anonymous

Could these catapillar looking things be a coughed up hairball? Do they wiggle like a worm or crawl?

Thank you!
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much. This is a brilliant service - your response was unexpectedly quick and very useful. I can't believe this is a free service.

Thanks again

Paul

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