It is important to note that the presence of microfilaria in the blood is in fact uncommon in cats and has been seen in less than 20 percent of infected cats. Cats have a very robust immune response to heartworm infection, so more than 90 percent of the infective larvae do NOT make it to adulthood.
For those that do, they tend to be single-sex, which means they cannot reproduce. This can make the detection of heartworms in cats very difficult. Signs of heartworm infestation in cats include coughing, labored or rapid breathing known as dyspneaand vomiting. Weight loss and decreased energy are also common symptoms.
The most common signs of heartworm disease in cats deal with the respiratory system—difficulty breathing, coughing and a high respiratory rate—and are often referred to as heartworm-associated respiratory disease HARD. HARD is an all-encompassing term used to describe the vascular, airway and interstitial lung lesions caused by the death of immature worms or the death of adult worms. Many of the respiratory symptoms of heartworm in cats are almost indistinguishable from those of other respiratory diseases, like asthma and allergic bronchitis.
The diagnosis process of heartworms in cats is more complicated than it is in dogs. It requires a combination of clinical and diagnostic testing as opposed to the single blood-screening test seen Raspy dogs. Grumpy Santa says: October 1, at am His face looks rather gaunt in that interview though.
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