Mishka’s Tapeworms

When we were growing up I remember we used to get our cat food from the local butcher. He would keep scraps of meat and we’d go and pick up a big bag of it, take it home and divide it up into smaller portions, and freeze it for later. Our cats loved it and all lived long healthy lives.

tapewormsWhen we took over the care of Mishka, our cat I figured she might like eating raw meat. I went to the butcher and got some raw ground pork. Mishka hadn’t had raw meat before and it took her a while to actually try some, once she had she was sold. A couple weeks later we noticed that she was sleeping even more than ever and there were little bits of dry rice looking things left behind when she moved. I soon realized she had worms and a little research soon showed that it was probably tapeworm. I felt like a real retard, as raw pork is a typical place for such parasites to hang out. I should have been freezing the pork for a week or so before feeding it to her to kill unwanted micro-organisms.