Animals: Cats: Coughing and runny nose can indicate worms

Coughing, runny nose, breathing difficulties: Especially in free-range cats, these can also be signs of an infestation with lungworms. Symptoms can be similar to those of a cold.

If cats show symptoms similar to colds, such as coughing or runny nose, this can also be an indication of lungworms. The Federal Association of Practicing Veterinarians points this out in its magazine “Gesunde Tierliebe” (Winter 2015). In the worst case, young animals in particular can even die from a severe infestation.

Whether the cat has a cold or lung worms can be determined by examining the feces at the vet. Such a worm infestation is usually easy to get under control – through timely treatment with a wormer prescribed by the veterinarian. (dpa)

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