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If your cat has passed a worm in her stool, this is a clear indication of a parasitic infection. Worms in cats can be caused by several types of intestinal parasites, including roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms. The fact that your cat has been vaccinated for heartworm is good, as it rules out one type of parasitic infection, but it's important to note that this vaccine does not protect against intestinal worms.

Given that your cat is on topical flea and tick preventions, it's possible she could have ingested a flea carrying tapeworm larvae, which can lead to tapeworm infections. Fleas are an intermediate host for tapeworms, and cats can become infected by grooming and accidentally swallowing an infected flea.

In this situation, you should obtain a deworming medication that is effective against the type of worm your cat has. This typically involves giving an oral medication that your vet can prescribe. It's important to clean the litter box daily and dispose of feces promptly to prevent re-infection or environmental contamination.

Keep an eye on your cat for any signs of illness, such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, changes in appetite, or lethargy. If she has a history of cancer, it's also important to ensure that her overall health is being closely monitored, as her immune system may be compromised, making her more susceptible to infections and other health issues.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it would be wise to take your cat to the hospital: difficulty breathing, severe lethargy, prolonged vomiting or diarrhea, blood in the stool, or a sudden change in behavior. These could be signs of a more serious condition or complications related to the worm infestation.

Remember to maintain regular veterinary check-ups to monitor her health, especially considering her medical history, and to keep her on a routine deworming schedule as recommended by your vet. Also, continue with the flea and tick preventions to minimize the risk of future parasitic infections.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.