A fecal sample from a 2-year old domestic shorthair cat was submitted to the parasitology laboratory for a wellness checkup. The fecal sample was normal in color and consistency. Fecal centrifugation with Sheather’s sugar solution revealed the presence of the following eggs:
Image 1: Parasite identified on fecal flotation measuring 57 x 40 µM.
Ancylostoma tubaeforme or cat hookworm. Infection with this parasite occurs when cats ingest infected eggs from the environment, through skin penetration by infected larvae, or by ingestion of a paratenic host. Unlike dogs, transmammary transmission does not occur and infection in cats is not as pathogenic as in dogs either. Adults live in the small intestine where they ingest blood from their host. Clinical signs include weight loss and regenerative anemia.
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