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I'm not able to find tapeworm rx for cats locally so I need to order some somewhere. I found 3 tabs at Entirely Pets on-line for $10.99.......but, is there a less expensive way to tapeworm cats than that? :shrug: My cats don't have fleas (I check often) but they DO eat the mice and birds they catch out in the barnyard so I need to worm them around 3 times a year...and with 3 cats that can get pricy. Any ideas on what else to use or a cheaper source? Thanks so much! :)
 

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I know that pumkin seeds will get rid of tape worms. You might check to make sure they aren't toxic to cats. I don't think they are, but better to check first. Grind them up and put them in their favorite canned cat food.
 

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Diatomaceous (sp) earth . Mix it in something tasty.
 

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Panacur...or SafeGuard Available just about anywhere. Or order the large bottles of the liquid from your vet. Runs about $70-120 here and it lasts a long time...It's 1500mg/bottle. The tapeworm tablets (and I can't remember what the poison is) are very expensive. You can try Jeffer's but I don't think there's a price break anywhere.

I know people that use black walnut but you have to dose every week. If they're barn cats, that could be a problem.
 

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Every time my dogs caught and ate a wild rabbit, they got tapeworm. Off to the vet for some Dronsit tablets.

I've been feeding food (codex) grade diatomaceous earth (DE) for years and no more tapeworm nor any other kind. Cats get one teaspoon daily. Just mix it into their feed. If you free choice feed, mix the DE into something they like. The DE has many more good properties besides just deworming.
 

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StrongidT or Pyrentel Pamoate (sp?) dosed by weight.
 

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Thanks all! I give the one that comes in the house D.E. mixed into a bit of canned food (I'm glad to read that it works on tapeworm, I wasn't sure) but that doesn't work for the other 2 that are outside....they come/go at different times and the one would sit down and eat enough for 10 cats if it were sitting there....he likes food. I tried soaking a bit of the dry food and then adding the D.E. and it sat there for 2 days and they just started dragging in more mice to 'show' me....all the while scolding me for 'what was in the food bowl". Sigh!
Ross,....are the products you mentioned horse wormers or.....? I was hoping that there was a safe horse wormer that I could use instead of those Droncit tabs (yes, Fosters & Smith had them but more $ than Entirely Pets) The dog gets black walnut and wormwood and clove caps in her food so she doesn't have tapes....just the barn kitties!
Where would I find info on using pumpkin seeds? I've given them to the rabbits but wasn't sure what other species of critters could have them. (I kinda doubt they would eat them since they wouldn't eat the moistened dry food but I could sure give it a try)
Thanks for all the help!
 

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Do a search for Strongid...same as panacur. Or ask your vet to order it in volume. I don't think you can get volume by yourself....Not sure why. If you're going to use DE, you have to use it every day. Also, until you figure out your dosage for your area, make sure and get them tested. (or do your own fecals.)
 

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I just use the horse wormer do the math and cut it substantially. I have to do the math every time............... come to think of it I always do the math every time for every med I use according to the bottle in my hand, you can't assume you're getting/giving the same thing twice, it helps avoid over/under dosing with a similar med but different strength. "Knowing" your dosages is fine it alerts you to wild looking prescriptions (a bit like knowing your math to confirm what a calculator produces) but its a better habit to read the darned bottle first.
 

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We used Ivermactrin Gold (the kind that takes care of tapeworms in horses) on a cat with a big worm load. I just put a tiny bit on my finger and smeared it on the roof of her mouth. It was what I had at the time and she was starting to fail healthwise so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it. With in a couple of days the was a marked difference in her and now she is a fat happy kitty.
 
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