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yes and no, the worm really lives in the pulmonary arteries and affects the lungs. They then travel to the right chamber of the heart. It does affect other organs if not treated. There is no treatment for cats-70% of them die when treated. The only way to get it is from a mosquito bite. And, get this, it has to be a mosquito that has fed on a dog (fox or coyote) that has heartworm. He has never been tested for heartworm, but has gotten Revolution regularly in the spring, summer, fall months and I slack off in the winter which is what I have done with Lizzie. It takes 6 months to show up. He is going in this afternoon for an antigen test which if there are 2 or more female worms actually living in him the test would be positive. Right now we know he has been exposed. The worms don't live as long in cats as dogs. The other cat is going in for the antigen test, too which has to be sent out and dogs they test right in the office. Not sure what exactly that test is-antibody or antigen. They cannot catch it from each other unless the same mosquito bit them all.