Q. Vet says our 5 month old indoor only cat has tape worms and gave him a shot. Do we need to do any type of home cleanup now?
A. Yes, tapeworms can be spread to humans, that mean that your cat will need a second shot in 2 weeks and my advice is clean your house with a vacuum/hoover and wash all the beddings at 60 degrees. Wash your hands frequently and espcially after handling your kitty.
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Tapeworms are commonly transmitted by fleas, so making sure that your cat is on a flea treatment can help prevent tapeworms from returning. Cats can get fleas from dogs that are outside and come in, or from contact with other cats that may be indoor/outdoor in your home. The worms themselves are usually released as small rice-grain like segments in the environment, so cleaning areas where your cat frequents such as bedding and carpeting can remove any that may have been shed in the environment and prevent reinfection.