08 December 2009

this... is entirely disgusting. cat threw up a roundworm. could be the cause of his pot belly. poor little guy. he took his pill like a trooper. yet another disgusting cat ailment for which i didn't know i was required to be on the lookout.

4 comments:

Soren Lorensen said...

oh dear poor cat


don't woory about sleepiness durng survey, in any case it is pretty dull truht be told.

wrenna said...

i didn't think it was dull. empathy and insight are intrinsically interesting. it was more interesting than most conversations i have with mental health people :)

Mad Bird said...

Oooh, those are crazy! I just learned in my current biology class that the larva crawl through the intestinal wall, make their way to the lungs (via blood stream most often), and get coughed up a little bit to make a "jump" to the throat to get swallowed again to restart the life-cycle in the intestines. Wicked gross. Sometimes if there's not an equal ratio of males to females, then they can go wandering around a hosts body. The worms can even poke their heads out of the mouths looking for mates! It's good your cat threw it up, so you found out and could medicate them. But do you have any more cats? If you do, you will likely have to medicate them all, because the worms' eggs live for years (in the soil), and are highly resistant to heat, cold, chemicals, etc...

Can you not tell my biology professor is also a parasitologist? :)

I hope your cat feels better.

wrenna said...

ew, yes, thanks for that bit of information. heinousness! i had to medicate my mom's dog as well. the cat is currently shitting himself, poor dear. next dosing will be in two weeks.