When my cats would get worms I would have to bring them to the vet to get prescription medication. It wasn’t until I started using diatomaceous earth for flea control and started to research the magical powders other uses, that I came across using it as a body detox for people. I researched some more because I wanted to know does diatomaceous earth kill tapeworms? The answer is yes diatomaceous earth will kill tapeworms and it is a natural cat dewormer. Tapeworms aren’t the only parasite that diatomaceous earth kills. It will also kill:
- Hookworms and
How does diatomaceous earth kill tapeworms?
Fossiled remains of diatoms is what makes up diatomaceous earth. The texture to us is a powder but if looked at under a microscope, you will see sharp razor-like edges. These edges cut into the parasite and the result is that it dehydrates the creature and they die.
Is Diatomaceous earth safe for cats?
Yes, it is, both topically and internally. I have been using it topically for almost two years on my cats. I have also been putting it in their food a couple times a week to use as worm prevention. You can read about diatomaceous earth as flea control here.
Both the CDC and the National Pesticide Information Center have fact sheets on Diatomaceous Earth. The CDC fact sheet for Amorphous (Freshwater) Diatomaceous Earth states that there are no known chemical dangers and no short-term effects from exposure (there are long term effects). A phrase of caution contained in the fact sheet states “harmful concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly when dispersed” which is true. However, I’ve been using this stuff for a while and my assumption is this is in relation to large quantities.
The National Pesticide Information Center states that amorphous diatomaceous earth is quickly eliminated from lung tissue. Crystalline diatomaceous earth is smaller and can build up in the lungs. The product we use is amorphous (or freshwater) and is food grade. Crystalline is not food grade and is usually used in pool treatments and pesticides. Click here to read my food grade diatomaceous earth reviews and be sure to buy the proper product.
How to use diatomaceous earth for parasites?
I myself take a heaping teaspoon every couple of days mixed in water. When I administer it to my cats they get a level quarter teaspoon every few days which ends up being once or twice a week. I don’t give it to them every day as they currently don’t have any parasites and I use it as prevention.
For cats that are currently infected with parasites, then I would give them a bit more for a week straight. That should take care of the problem. Some websites mention a full teaspoon for 10 days but that seems like a lot for a small kitty.
I don’t want to give them (or myself for that matter) too much diatomaceous earth because of its parasite removal properties. You can get pretty constipated because it works so well! With Gyula already having constipation issues, I don’t want to aggravate his condition. He does great with the amount I’m giving him now so I’m sticking with it.
The most important thing to remember when using diatomaceous earth for human or pet use is to buy food grade diatomaceous earth. Non-food grade diatomaceous earth contains chemicals and is used for pools and pesticides.
Leave me a comment about your experience with diatomaceous earth!