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Do worms cause pain in cats?

Do worms cause pain in cats? If the gastrointestinal parasitic infestation reaches a certain level it causes illness in the cat. Before that the cat will feel no pain.

However if she becomes ill there will be a decline in general health, a decreased appetite, loss of weight, possibly vomiting, diarrhoea and anaemia. A hookworm infestation can kill a kitten.

Heartworms don’t cause direct pain on my research but when a heartworm dies we are told that it can be fatal to the cat.

My research indicates that in general worms of any kind in a cat do not cause direct pain. At low levels a cat tolerates them. It can be hard to tell if a cat has worms at a low level. However, they’ll cause discomfort and distress through weakness and general ill-health at high infestation levels.

I hope that I have answered the question and there is no need to write further which explains why this article is very short. If you have anything to add please do so.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • Worms cause organic illness and various sorts of discomfort. The level of discomfort is related to the nature of the specific animal...some individuals are more sensitive than others, as in humans. Discomfort can be described as a type of pain. Pain could therefore be observed in various degrees to my way of thinking.

    • Yes, thank you for your comment Frances. There is a fine line between discomfort and pain. I agree that. I decided in this instance that the word pain meant specifically that in taking a commonsense view of the word and its interpretation. But I do agree with your point.

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