Humans can catch tapeworms from cats, but not directly. To catch tapeworms from a cat, a human must ingest an infected flea that is or has been on the cat.Continue Reading
There are two types of tapeworms found in cats. These are Dipylidium caninum which comes from ingesting infected fleas, and Taenia taeniaformis which comes from eating raw meat, infected rodents, raw freshwater fish or animal parts.
According to WebMD, the chances of catching tapeworms from a cat are relatively small. It is considered unusual for a human to catch tapeworms from cats and, outside of swallowing an infected flea, cat tapeworms pose very little risk to human health.Learn more about Veterinary Health
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Several different kinds of parasitic worms can be passed from cats to humans via contact with infected animals or contaminated environments. Handling cat feces, such as when cleaning the litter box, is one frequent route of cross infection. Some parasites can also survive in contaminated water or soil.Full Answer >
Common symptoms of tapeworms in dogs include dragging or excessively licking their behinds and the appearance of tapeworm segments in their feces, according to WebMD. A dog infected with tapeworms may vomit or lose weight, even if eating normally.Full Answer >