Dear Simba, Our cat has a worm periodically that is flat,
approx. 1/2 inch long with an end resembling that of the hammer head shark. It does not resemble the tapeworm everyone talks about and it is white in color, not translucent. It is definitely not
segmented. Any ideas? We give her parantol for it but they seem
to return. Baby Kitty's Family
Dear Baby Kitty's Family,
It is entirely possible that your kitty may have Hookworms (Ancylostoma or Uncinaria). Adult hookworms are 1/2 to 3/4 inches long but very thin, almost thread-like. Because they are so thin they usually are usually invisible to the naked eye in the feces of infected cats. They are called hookworms because their anterior end is curved dorsally, giving the worm a hook-like appearance.