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Why Does My Cat Breathe So Loud?

I Need Your Help . . . I'm Concerned For My Cat's Breathing

Oh no! Read this problem submitted by PetSugar reader tamisuger in the Cat Palace group:

Hi, my name is Tami, I'm worried about my cat. When I'm laying in bed and when he's laying in his at the end of my bed, I can hear him breathing. At first I thought it was something else because it sounded like someone else was in the room. Could he just be snoring? He's my first indoor cat I've ever had. When I was holding him today I could him breathing. I don't smoke, I keep my house cool, I clean his litter box everyday, I don't know if that would have anything to do with it. Is it normal for a cat to do that? Should I take him to a vet?

First and foremost, some types of cats are more prone to loud breathing and snoring, especially those with smushed faces. If he seems to be struggling to breathe, gasping for air, or if there is any sort of visible discharge, that would be a cause for concern and a visit to the vet. Find out the scientific name for noisy breathing in cats, and some possible causes, when you


According to PetMD, stertor is a low-pitched, snoring type of sound that usually arises from airway blockage in the throat and the vibration of fluid, or the vibration of tissue that is relaxed or flabby in that area. To minimize this, try to keep your cat cool, quiet, and calm as anxiety, exertion, and pain can lead to increased movement of air into and out of the lungs, potentially worsening the airflow and the wheezing you hear.

Have any of you experienced this with your pets? Share your tips in the comments below!

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