Q. If the cat has tape worms and sleeps with my child, are there any side affects he may see?

A. Humans can get tapeworms indirectly from pets through external parasites such as fleas. It is best to treat your cat for the tapeworms as well as fleas (as fleas are a major carrier and can reinfect your cat) so that he does not pass it to your child. You may also want to wash bedding and frequented areas to remove shed fragments. If your child is old enough to practice good hygiene such as hand washing on their own, the chances of it being transmitted are low. If you suspect your child may be sick, then speaking with their doctor is best.

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