Gross story ahead. Feel free to skip.

July 23, 2018


Now that the Pesters are safely back from Maui, I can tell you the worm story. We were on deck to feed the cats and bring in the mail starting Monday. Things seemed pretty normal, but on Tuesday there was a little barf. Also a little barf on Wednesday through Friday, but the cats were chipper and seemed just fine.

On Saturday, we stopped by before going to the house and there was…. um, a substantial amount of barf. To be fair, I hadn’t checked the basement very thoroughly before, so some of it could have been there for a while. In one spot, the stomach acid had damaged the latex paint on the floor. Warning: I have a photo.


It’s just the floor.

Not barf.

Here goes.

Up in the living room, there was some watery barf with a thing that looked like a noodle. I was pretty sure it was a tapeworm, but Lloyd – with his farm knowledge – wondered if it might be an animal intestine. The day before, Batman tried to give me a robin he just caught (I am aware of the humor), so that was possible. The ‘noodle’ went into a baggie and into the freezer.

At the surplus auction, we looked at the photo more closely and yeah – that thing was a tapeworm. Then there was some agonizing – with no good advice from Sam – about whether or not to tell Beth. We did. She took it well. I went to buy some tapeworm dewormer and gave a pill (wrapped in American cheese which they gulped down with zero problem) to each cat. After reading way more than I ever wanted to about how deworming medicine works, I really hoped they would poop in the litter box instead of outside because I wanted to see some results, but no.

I told you that this was going to be gross.

Did you want to see the worm?

Are you sure?

You can just click right out of this internet window.

Ok. You can’t say I didn’t warn you:




(I’m bumping it

off the screen

in case

you want to

leave a comment.)

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “Gross story ahead. Feel free to skip.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Ha! Your post reminded me of a book I loved when I was a kid. It’s Grover from Sesame Street, and he keeps telling you there is a monster at the end of the book. He keeps warning you and warning you, but you keep turning the pages. And you know what? There IS a monster at the end of the book. And it’s Grover. awwwww… so cute…


  2. Beth Said on:

    I’m so, so sorry you had to deal with all that…

    But isn’t Smoky a regal cat?
    And how ‘bout us, providing post fodder?!

    You’re tremendously good friends…


  3. Elaine Royuk Said on:

    All I can say is — “oh my!”


  4. Peggy Said on:

    Yea…..that made me feel a little vomitous. I can’t believe what it did to the floor!! Glad the cats are doing ok!!


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