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Whipworms in Cats

Trichuriasis in Cats


Cats transmit whipworms (Trichuris trichiura) into their system through ingestion of infested matter. Able to live in an environment anywhere from a few months to a few years, whipworm eggs can be present in soil, food, and water, as well as in feces and animal flesh. They can also be contracted from other animals. Additionally, whipworms infect cats of any age.


Whipworms can affect both dogs and cats. If you would like to learn more about how this disease affects dogs, please visit this page in the PetMD health library.


Symptoms and Types


A whipworm infection may present itself as a large bowel inflammation or bloody diarrhea, or it may be asymptomatic. Other symptoms commonly associated with a whipworm infection include dehydration, anemia, and weight loss. It is worth noting that symptoms may begin prior to any visual evidence of whipworm eggs.




Cats contract whipworms by ingesting infested or contaminated matter (e.g., food, water, flesh).




The veterinarian will confirm the diagnosis by conducting the fecal flotation procedure on a stool sample. If parasitic eggs or whipworms are present, they will float to the surface of the glass slide.



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