Although Babette was de-wormed when Operation Paw first acquired her, and then de-wormed again a couple weeks later, Babette let it be known Saturday morning that she is Concerned about Worms.
She expressed her concern at five a.m., by means of retching repeatedly. It was very dramatic and noisy, and I listened to her vomit four times before I really awoke enough to understand what I was hearing.
So I went downstairs to clean it up, and discovered one of her frothy little puddles had three wriggling roundworms in it. It’s grotesque, but vomiting up roundworms (and, often, eating them again) is a not-uncommon activity for kittens with a flourishing colony of worms inhabiting their innards.
It’s also not terribly unusual that Babette has turned up with worms: her initial infestation might have left eggs that survived de-worming, or she might have picked it up again from a variety of environmental sources. The main task now is to deworm her, and the other cats who share litterboxes with her, since shared litterboxes is one possible mode of transmission.
Amazingly, Babette has grown and gained weight, even with a thriving collection of worms inside her. She is a cat with fortitude!
P.S. The bit that’s especially disgusting? I heard Babette vomit four times, but I only found three deposits. I hate to think of where and when I’ll encounter the fourth.
P.P.S. Babette is up for adoption! If she’s tempted you in that way, please don’t hold the worms against her. I’ll be dealing with the worst of it, anyway. And she is very cute.
Stay tuned for next week’s update from Worm Central.
Interested in adopting Babette? Contact Operation Paw: firstname.lastname@example.org