Other Ways Contract Tapeworm Infections
While fleas are the most common methods of contracting tapeworms, it isn’t the only way. If the cat drinks water or eats food that is contaminated with tapeworm eggs, it can also be infected. However, the only way they can be infected is by ingesting the egg. If they do not ingest anything that is infected with the tapeworm egg, they are safe.
Although, once they do eat something with the egg, the process is set in motion and besides the flea, the process of contracting the infection is the same. Even though it is nasty, once a cat is infected, there are physical indications of tapeworms. Eventually, there will be little specks of what looks like cooked rice in your cat’s fur by their anus and tail. Additionally, your cat may vomit portions of tapeworms that are still alive.