Pinpointing whether or not a cat has heartworm disease can be difficult due to the way the heartworm behaves inside a cat’s body. Although rare, if a cat does contract heartworm disease, there are symptoms that can notify you something is wrong. Below are some common symptoms in cats associated with heartworm disease. It’s always important to note any changes in your cat’s behavior, and if you think something may be wrong, note the symptoms and call your veterinarian.
Just like any other disease, heartworm disease has signs and symptoms that you need to look out for, especially if your cat is not on heartworm preventive medication such as Revolution.
What are the signs of Heartworm in cats?
• coughing, asthma-like attacks
• periodic vomiting
• lack of appetite or weight loss
• difficulty walking
• experience fainting or seizures
• fluid accumulation in the abdomen
If a known heartworm positive cat does not have symptoms, the American Heartworm Society recommends attempting to wait out the worm’s 2-3 year life span and simply monitor the cat via chest x-rays every 6 months or so. Since the major signs of disease in the cat are due to inflammation and immune stimulation, there is medication that can help control symptoms. Consult your veterinarian for options pertaining to medication.
Our veterinarians will be happy to answer any questions you have about heartworm disease and how to prevent it during your visit to a clinic. If you have questions, feel free to visit our staff at a Community Clinic near you or contact us.