Study: Auburn professors discover heartworms affect cats

Auburn University announced that a landmark study by two of its veterinary professors has proven that immature heartworms cause long-lasting lung disease in cats, a find that dispels the notion that heartworms only affect dogs.

The two Auburn professors are Ray Dillon and Byron Blagburn.

"Previous studies focused on the heart for cats but we now know that research should have looked at the lungs for answers. this was due to thinking that the heartworms would affect cats just like dogs. They are more likely to infects dogs' hearts but cats' lungs," said Blagburn in a school release.