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What are Breathing Difficulties?

Dyspnea is often referred to as respiratory distress. Your cat may struggle with inhaling, exhaling or both. You may also notice your cat panting noisily or keeping its mouth open. Coughing is another symptom that often accompanies dyspnea. Whatever the systemic cause for labored breathing, your cat needs an immediate medical evaluation since this condition cannot be treated at home and can be deadly.

It is very disturbing to see your cat struggling to take a breath. Dyspnea, or difficulty breathing, is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying condition that could be caused by hundreds of diseases or medical conditions. For example, your cat may have a foreign object up its nose, or it may be experiencing allergy-induced asthma. Heart failure is another prime reason cats show signs of breathing difficulties, and this condition requires immediate veterinary evaluation.

Symptoms of Breathing Difficulties in Cats

When a cat is breathing rapidly with its mouth open, it’s obvious it’s having trouble breathing. Other symptoms of respiratory distress are more subtle but obvious to the eye and the ear. Since breathing difficulties in cats are dangerous and may rapidly become life threatening, seek immediate veterinary care if your cat is showing any of these symptoms:

  • Labored breathing
  • Panting
  • Exaggerated abdomen and chest movements
  • Crouching low to the ground with elbows out
  • Flared nostrils
  • Rapid breathing
  • Breathing with mouth agape
  • Head low to the ground
  • Noisy, raspy breathing
  • Coughing
  • Retching
  • Lethargy
  • Shaking

Causes of Breathing Difficulties in Cats

There are so many possible reasons a cat is showing respiratory distress, only a veterinarian can make the proper diagnosis. Some of the many varied reasons for breathing difficulties are:

  • Asthma
  • Airway obstruction
  • Anxiety 
  • Stress 
  • Obesity
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Shock
  • Heat stroke
  • Lung disease
  • Heart disease
  • Infections
  • Blood disorders
  • Pain
  • Poison ingestion
  • Pneumonia
  • Cancer
  • Hyperthyroidism

Diagnosis of Breathing Difficulties in Cats

Most likely, the first thing your veterinarian will do is ask you questions about when the breathing issues started, the symptoms you witnessed and what preceded the respiratory distress. If your cat is having serious difficulties breathing, your veterinarian will administer oxygen before testing begins. Your veterinarian may perform some or all of the following tests:

Physical Examination: Your cat’s general health will be determined by taking vital signs and examining its ears, eyes, nose and gums. Your cat’s lungs and chest will be listened to with a stethoscope to determine if there is fluid in the lungs or an abnormal heartbeat. The veterinarian may palpate the abdominal area also.

Blood Tests: Blood may be drawn to test the oxygen and carbon dioxide level in your cat’s blood and to check for heartworm disease. Other blood tests will show inflammation and or infections present.

Urine Sample: A urine test will aid in diagnosing the cause of the dyspnea.

X-rays and Ultrasound: These diagnostic tests help the veterinarian to virtually see inside your cat’s body to check for tumors, obstructions or fluid buildup.

Fluid aspiration: A sample of chest, lung and abdominal fluid may be drawn for evaluation and testing.

ECG: An ECG (electrocardiogram) test may be required if your veterinarian suspects a heart problem.

Endoscopy: If the breathing problem is caused by a blocked nasal cavity or airway, this test will help determine the next step in treatment, and it may aid in collecting tissue samples for testing.

Treatment of Breathing Difficulties in Cats

Depending on the reason for your cat’s dyspnea, treatment may be as simple as prescribing an antibiotic to more serious actions such as surgery or hospitalization with oxygen and IV therapy. 

Respiratory infection: Antibiotics are usually prescribed to fight the infection and aid in breathing.

Foreign object: If tests show a foreign object is obstructing the nasal passage, it may be removed in the office with surgical tweezers. 

Asthma: Steroids and bronchodilators are two of the medicines that may be prescribed to help your cat breathe easier.

Heat stroke: Your veterinarian will lower your cat’s body temperature and, if necessary, provide oxygen.

Dehydration: Your cat will be given an IV to increase fluids to a normal level.

Fluid in lungs, chest or abdomen: Fluid may be aspirated to relieve your cat’s distress.

Tumors and cancer: Surgery may be required to remove the growth along with oral or injectable medicines.

Recovery of Breathing Difficulties in Cats

In many cases, medicines and rest will aid in the recovery of your cat’s breathing problems. If veterinary care is administered quickly, heatstroke and dehydration are normally easy to treat and recovery is often rapid. If stress and anxiety are causing your cat to exhibit breathing difficulties, it’s imperative you find the cause of this distress and eliminate it if possible. If allergies are at the root of your cat’s dyspnea, your veterinarian will make suggestions on the best diet or bedding, and those changes will aid in your cat’s recovery.

If your cat has a serious diagnosis like cancer, surgery may require a prolonged hospital stay before it can be released from care. Other medical treatments like chemotherapy may be needed over an extended time. Be sure to keep all follow-up appointments with your veterinarian to ensure a speedy and total recovery and to avoid a recurrence of your cat’s medical emergency.

Breathing Difficulties Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Griffin
mixed
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulties

Griff is 11 months old and was rescued from a shelter when he was 9 weeks old. He has cat flu and it came back, and he has always been sniffly. In the last two months he has developed a hard lump on the bridge of his nose which feels as hard as bone and his breathing has become worse through his nose. He is still full of energy and usual behaviour; just his nose is causing him difficulty.

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Muffin
Siamese mix
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Cough, lethargy, poor appetite

Medication Used

none

My little girl has had coughing spasms in the past. I had taken her to the vet and he took an X-ray. After which he determined she was congested. He then prescribed antibiotics and gave her a steroid injection. This only helped for a short while. It also left her paralyzed in her left hind leg which eventually became better with time. I was so upset, I never took her back. Now Muffin is having lots of trouble breathing. It’s rapid and short/shallow and any type of stress causes a coughing spasm, such as the other cat playing with her or me picking her up. Her right eye is red around the rim, she shakes her head and scratches her right ear. It also looks red and black inside. She has lost a lot of weight and has lost interest in food and play. She is 9 years old. I keep her fleas at bay with once a month flea treatment of Fromtline. She is an indoor cat. She seems to be coughing up phlegm and sleeps all day. Please advise. Thank you, sincerely
Margaret C. Sutton

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Barry
Siamese and Cailco
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

my cat Barry who is 9 yrs old is breathing heavily or at least it seems that way. His tummy area when he lays on his side goes up and down very rapidly and hard yet he is purring at the same time and his mouth is not open like he is panting. He also had a coughing spell tonight should I get him to a vet right away? This has been that way for about 6 months.

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Ash
Russian Blue
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty Breathing
Low Energy
Loss of Appetite
Difficulty Walking
Lethargic

My cat Ash came in from outside and immediately crouched down with his neck out and had very rapid breathing. We took him the the vet, where the immediately got him on oxygen and took x-rays. He was in critical condition. He stayed overnight until he stabilized,and when we came to pick him up, the vet said he had fluid in his lungs which they drained. They prescribed lasics and we have been syringe feeding him for the past week. He lays around all day with barely enough energy to walk 10 feet, zero appetite, has difficulty breatging and has lost a lot of weight. The vet is going to take another x-ray tomorrow to check his heart and if fluid is still in his lungs, but they are still not sure what is going on

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Zelda
short hair
6 Years
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

My cat just died of sudden difficulty breathing.
She was fine yesterday. Eating, drinking, playing with the laser.
Then this morning around 7:30AM I took her to a nearby hospital. I told them the problem and they stated they couldn't help because they didn't have an oxygen case to put her in. They gave me an address to another place about 17 miles away.
Within 10 minutes she was dead in the carrier in the back seat.
I am not pleased at all with the way this animal hospital just didn't seem to want to help.

She was only 6.5 years old.

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Zaira
Mix
12 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shallow breath weak

Difficulty w breathing. Not walking or eating. Purring is normal but not strong. We recently brought in a stray, she has been to vet and checked but they are kept separately and have not even met...12 year old cat is slightly overweight at 22 lbs...also her breath has strange odor

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Oakly
Shorthair
5 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hard breathing

2 days ago I noticed a change I’m my cats purr. It almost sounds like it high pitched. She is breathing heavy when she purrs but when she’s not she breathes fine. I’ve also noticed that there is a lot of gas coming from her stomach. She’s eating and drinking fine and she is being active. We have a garage and their is a lot of dust that is floating around in there. She likes to go in there and I was wondering if she had breathed too much in if it could cause any of these problems.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Breathing changes and changes to purring/meow may occur for simple reasons like sleeping position but may also be an indicator of something more serious including infections, foreign objects, laryngeal trauma among other conditions. If Oakly is otherwise in good health and isn’t having difficulties breathing you should keep an eye on her but visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tinker
American Shorthair
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing

My cat has this loud breathing for a couple months now. When she breathes she out, she has this loud noise. I have been worrying since then. When she sleeps, I am not sure if she snores and purr at the same time cause she never done it before. I think her loud breathing has been more prominent since I first heard it. I brought her to the vet as soon as I notice her breathing, for a physical, but she was given clean bill of health then.

Her level of activity is fine, her eating is fine, she has been pooping and peeing jus fine. But I have been worried because of her breathing. When I listened to her breathing with my ear near to her belly when she’s sleeping, it’s like her fourth breathed was a little gasp-Ish
I am planning to go to the vet again soon, but I want to know if this is nothing or this is something to look out for. I have videos and recordings of her breathing.
Also is it normal for a cat to snore?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes animals snore, it depends on the position of their head, length of soft palate, airway constriction among other factors; you should keep an eye on Tinker to see if there is a certain position where the noise is louder and whether there is a position where there is no noise at all. If Tinker otherwise has a clean bill of health, I wouldn’t be too concerned unless there is clear respiratory distress whilst sleeping. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucky
Long hair house cat
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing

My cat is 4 years old. He was the runt of the litter and about half the size of his siblings when we got him. We nursed him back to health but we always noticed hes had a little difficulty breathing and tired quickly when playing. 4 days ago we began to notice his breathing is getting more labored and simple activities like jumping on the couch makes him need to breath through his mouth. When he was 6 mo we took him in to get neutered and they said he checked out perfectly healthy but there has always been something different... im wondering how expensive running tests are? He seems fine otherwise. Eating and drinking good. Cold wet nose.

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Zorro
Domestic shorthair
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing

My cat Zorro is 11 yo and had a blood transfusion about 2.5 mos ago. He was suffering from a parasitic anemia and was on antibiotics for 21 days. Currently zorro was cleared of the parasite and his rbc is normal. His bouts of vomiting seemed to clear just recently after a vet visit and changing his diet. My concerns are zorro is not the same. He seems a lot less active, when I look in his eyes at times he seems spaced out. Now his breathing is heavier in the passed few days. And I feel like his abdomen is extended. He had a vet visit 1 week ago, X-ray didn’t show anything. Thoughts? What could happen this suddenly?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what specifically is going on there with Zorro, if you’re noticing heavier breathing it may be due to the pressure on the diaphragm from the distended abdomen; the abdominal distention may be due to gas, fluid or fat but without examining Zorro I cannot say what the specific cause is. Gas may be related to dietary changes, but you should return to your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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leo
domestic short hair
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Panting
Wheezing
Coughing
Sneezing

Medication Used

L-lysine

My cat is a male tuxedo around 16 months of age who has had respiratory difficulties since he was a kitten. We had given him lots of different antibiotics over the last year to no avail- we did some chest x-rays and saw a lump/mass of mucus/congestion in his lungs, most recently he was on l-lysine. He is incredibly playful and sweet, eats 6-7 oz a day drinks regularly gets a ton of exercise and weighs about 9 pounds. He has stopped sneezing/wheezing as much but has began panting.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In cases of respiratory difficulty it is difficult to weight in without having a good listen to the lungs and a general examination; however if Leo is now panting it may be an indicator that he is having more difficulty breathing or he may be displaying signs of pain/discomfort. In any case like this, you should visit your Veterinarian when there are any changes in symptoms especially breathing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chim-Chim
traditional persian
15-16
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tired
Tires Easily

How do you cure dyspnea? because my cat has it and i am very worried it has asthma or something along those lines.
The cat has many shortness of breath we just found her outside with pine needles stuck in her tail and she was all dirty and we took her in and cared for her we technically saved her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dyspnea isn’t a disease or condition, it is a symptom of another condition; it is important to evaluate the breathing issues with other symptoms to determine the underlying cause. Heart disease, infections, foreign objects among other conditions may be causing the breathing difficulties; given Chim-Chim’s age it would be advisable to have a Veterinarian check her over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Julian from Eugene, Oregon. I was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2012 at the age of 63. My COPD got significantly worse and unbearable because of my difficulty catching breath. Last year, i started on a natural COPD Herbal therapy from NewLife Herbal Clinic, i read a lot of positive reviews from patients who used the treatment and i immediately started on it. I had great relief with this herbal treatment. I breath very much better now, no case of shortness of breath or chest tightness since treatment, my lungs condition is totally reversed. Visit NewLife Herbal Clinic website ww w. newlifeherbalclinic. com. This treatment is a miracle!!

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Chitti
Indian stray cat
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

I have a stray cat and from last 2 days she is breating from her mouth very difficultly and she is not eating anything and cant even drink water...she sits on all four and stretches her neck and face and then breathes...

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Breathing problems in cats can be caused by a number of things, including parasites, asthma, infection, and heart disease. Chitti sounds like she is having significant problems, and needs to be seen by an emergency veterinarian right away. I hope that she is okay.

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Basboosa
Persian peke face
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dyspnea

Hi my kitten is only 2 months old and I only had it for 2 days and since it never played always sleeping and looks like a very heavy breathing and I am very concerned about her condition during the first few hours of having it she was very playful but now she never plays I tried all kind of toys but nothing.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Basboosa I cannot say if you have a cause for concern, however if the respiratory rate is increased at rest or Basboosa is struggling to breathe you should visit a Veterinarian immediately for an examination. Infections, allergies, environmental contaminants etc… may cause breathing difficulties for a kitten; the Veterinarian will determine the severity and will prescribe treatment as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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sheena
domestic short hair
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty

We have a 14 year old female orange tabby. She is healthy but she's been snoring and/or breathing heavy while asleep for about the past year. But it's not loud or 100% of the time. She is very tolerant but today I was tending to her fur and she hissed. But right after the hiss and lying on her stomach she couldn't catch her breath(5-10 seconds). I sat her up and it stopped. After about 10 minutes, I had her on my lap where she was enjoying the petting and she was purring but had one short labored breath. Any thoughts? Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Common reasons for what you describe include heart disease, lung disease, heartworms, and bacterial or fungal infection, or allergic disease. It would be best to have Sheena examined by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, recommend any testing that she may need, and treat her for this condition.

Thank you Doctor. Vet could not establish a reason for her episode. Physical exam by vet found her in good health (clear lungs, good heart beat, good teeth, etc.) and said it was possibly a panic attack because I was doing something to her she didn't like. Her blood came back normal except for a slightly elevated 11.4 level of calcium. Her white blood count is at low normal of 3.9. After fasting tonight, we will bring her back for ionized calcium blood work. I am thinking positive. After all, it's National Pet Day today.

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Nicky
Medium hair,black
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing, labored breathing

My cat is coughing and seems to breath from the bottom end of his torso. The first time he had an episode the doctor could not find anything. For 6 months he had light symptoms. A month ago he had a severe episode and I took him to emergency. They treated him with a broad spectrum of medications: four medications: prednisolol, veraflox panacur and another one i can't remember its name. At end of it we followed up with regular vet and he was extended on veraflox and the other med. We stopped the prednisolol and the lung worm medication. He is still on veraflox as we speak. Yesterday he started to cough again and and it seems he is overusing his abdominal muscles to breath. Otherwise he eats well, drinks and is calm and his normal self. I am making bath bombs from time to time in my kitchen, using baking soda, citric acid and essential oils. I was taking inventory of everything I might be doing to unknowingly cause such distress to my little cat. I can't think of anything else out of ordinary in my house. Please advise how to help him

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Unfortunately, without seeing Nicky, or knowing anything about his x-rays, I'm not sure that I can comment on how to help him. It seems that your veterinarian is doing everything that can for him at this, point, although I'm not sure that x-rays have been done, and that would be a good idea if not. His problem may be heart or lung related, or caused by a systemic disease. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to see what more can be done. In the meantime, some brands of essential oils can cause respiratory problems in cats, and it may be a good idea to stop using those.

Did you find out what is wrong with your cat? My cat is having the same symptoms as yours and the vet doesn’t know what it is. There are some abnormalities showing up but nothing specific. I am wondering if it is heart worms. He got home today after being in the vet hospital for 3 days but seems to be getting worse again tonight. This is the second bad episode and I am really worried

Thank you for the prompt answer. I have an appointment tonight. X-rays were done and I was told they show abnormal lung image. It is a little (a lot) worrisome, since it seems he does ok for a few days than goes back to coughing and all came up suddenly last summer. Thank you again for your answer.

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Bear
Unknown
3 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing
Vomiting
Noisy Breathing

I would say his symptoms started a few months ago maybe? It started off very subtle. Whenever I would play with him, he would make this noise as if he had a hard time taking a breath in. He wasn’t panting or anything. It became a bit more obvious when I would pet him or if he was purring. When he purrs he makes a wheezing sound almost. His breathing is very noisy at times. I can sometimes hear whistling when he breathes. It happens quite often now but it doesn’t seem to bother him, but I’m worried of what it might mean for him. Also, unrelated to his breathing problem, he tends to vomit after eating. I used to think it was because he ate too fast but he would do it quite often. There was no appetite loss whatsoever and he hasn’t lost any significant weight. Is this normal? Are these two symptoms related?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Bear may have an underlying problem causing these breathing problems, and I am concerned that it just started happening a few months ago. It would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can listen to his heart and lungs and see if there is any concern or treatment needed.

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Kitty
Domestic cat
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
Weakness, fever, lost her appe
Weakness, fever

my cat Kitty had delivered her kitten 5 days ago, all of the children was gone, and now Kitty become super weak, lost her appetite, and had difficulting in breathing.Kitty also had a fever until now
I have already go to Vet, the Vet gave Kitty antibiotic, steroid,bronchodilator, vitamin, gave fluid therapy, but not get the progress yet. Here minim with hospital equipments like x-ray and usg, so what should I do? thank you so much

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that Kitty is having this problem. It is difficult for me to comment on what might be going on with Kitty without seeing her, whether she has a calcium problem, a retained kitten or placenta, or another problem. Since your veterinarian is treating her, even without advanced equipment, it would be best to trust that they are doing their best, and ask questions about her prognosis and what might be going on with her.

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Jeepers
tabby
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

rapid breathing, panting

My cat woke up fine this morning, but after eating began vomiting all of her food in several sessions. She is now sitting at the top of the stairs meowing and breathing very rapidly. She has had issues with her kidneys before, but her numbers have been good as of late. Could this be related to this somehow?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is possible that Jeepers's kidney disease is making her feel sick, but it could also be unrelated. If she does not return to normal in the next day, it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian to see what is going on. If she continues to have rapid breathing or seems unable to catch her breath, it would be best to have her seen right away at a 24 hour clinic.

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Ziva
Not sure
8 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing

I just got a brand new cat. She is 8 years old. She seems to be breathing thru her nose very heavily like she has a cold. I asked her previous owners (it was through a adoption center and they fostered her through Hope), if she had a cold they said it was normal but it still is bothering me because she hasn't stopped breathing this way. She's not panting just making a wheezing sound when she's breathing thru her nose.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Ziva, it is difficult for me to comment on what might be going on with her, and whether it is anything to worry about - it may be a bacterial or viral infection, or an anatomic abnormality that is normal for her. It would be a good idea to have a basic exam with a veterinarian, as they will be able to look at her, evaluate her, and determine if the breathing is anything to be worried about.

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Tinker
tabby
13 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Breathing Difficulties
bad breath

Medication Used

Steroid

Hi. My cat has recently developed two big lumps on either side of his face, just under his throat. There are smaller ones growing. I took him to the vet and they tested for cancer but the results were inconclusive. He also has a growth that does look like a tumour on the bridge of his mouth. The problem is is that he is still behaving normally and even enjoys the lumps being rubbed vigorously, and especially around his ear. I am reluctant to take him back to the same vet because they were keen to treat him for cancer and not interested in testing for other factors. I can tell you a change that occurred in the last few days - he has begun to breathe loudly and sleeps with his mouth open. Is there anything that you can suggest other than cancer? He is still quite active, very affectionate and is constantly eating, although it is more difficult for him. A few weeks before the first lump appeared he did seem to be in pain and tilting his head to the side. It made me think that it may have been his tooth but the vet said his teeth were very healthy. I am so distressed not knowing what else to have him tested for and I am stuck with this vet as they are concessionary and I am not working at this moment. Please help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Tinker is having this problem. Without seeing him, I'm not sure that I can shed much light on what might be going on, but unfortunately as we age, cancer does move higher up the list of possibilities when things happen. If the masses under his jaw are his lymph nodes, and if he has a mass in his mouth, the probability of cancer is quite high. There is a possibility that it may be an infection and might respond to antibiotic therapy, but I am not sure, without seeing him. I hope that he continues to stay comfortable.

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Chevie
Tiger Calico
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

dilated pupils
Panting
Loss of Appetite
Coughing

Ok, we have notice our cat coughing, but she hasn't been coughing in the last 24 hrs. Sticking her tongue out and panting. I can hear some wheezing sounds when I listen to her breathing. Noticed the hotter it is the worst the symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. The signs that you describe, open mouth breathing, dilated pupils, and wheezing, could indicate significant respiratory or cardiovasular disease, and it would be best to have Chevie examined as soon as possible by a veterinarian to assess her lungs and heart, and determine what treatment she may need. Respiratory disease is always something to pay attention to quickly.

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Blackbear
House cat, i guess.
Around a year or less.
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Need for solitude
Lazyness
Coldness
Heavy Breathing

My cats been having slow, shallow breathes lately. I found him in the bathroom on a chair this morning, he was laying down but he looked uncomfortable. I got out the cat laser thing to see if that would cheer him up but he don't really care for it, he barely noticed. Hes a bit colder too I think. I don't think anything happened, he just suddenly got sick. I'm really worried about him, and my mother is refusing to take him to a hospital because it'll be too expensive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to see if your cat really cold by checking her temperature which should be around 100.5ºF or higher, if it is lower you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost. There are many conditions which may be causing low body temperature, lethargy and breathing difficulties which may include internal disease, poisoning, environmental temperature among other conditions; without examining Blackbear I cannot say what the specific cause is. Try to keep Blackbear warm and encourage eating and drinking, but you should visit your Veterinarian to determine the cause and direct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kaban
Dlh
7 Months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not active
Fast Breathing

Medication Used

antibiotics

Last week, i noticed that my cat wasnt active like always and have this fast breathing, he didnt eat well. Then i brought him to the vet to get check up after like 3 days. They say his tonsil was inflamed and he has a fever. After a week given the treatment which was a antibiotic and green pills(idk what is it). My cat still not active but he's been eating a lot tho. But his breathing still fast. I'm worried please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for fast breathing which may be related to respiratory tract infections, other respiratory conditions or a response to pain; it is difficult to say what the cause is without examining Kaban, but if there is no improvement in the breathing you should return to your Veterinarian for a follow up appointment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ariel
American short
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Hi, my cat is 13 yrs old. She occasionally has labored breathing where you can see her breathing from her abdomen. Most of the time, it’s not rapid. It’s fairly average. But when she is purring it is rapid and doesn’t look right. She eats fine, plays quite a bit for an old cat, and keeps up on grooming herself. When I look up symptoms for lung diseases in cats, she doesn’t have a lot of symptoms. The only symptom is labored breathing, and she has a drippy nose. She’s had her blood tested, and it came back great. I’m not sure what is wrong?

I have a similar issue, my cat has enlarged lungs but all tests are coming back ok. X-ray shows a couple of broken ribs, have no idea how he got these, but they have started to heal. My vet is suggesting I say bye bye to my puss if his breathing doesn’t react to steroids but he’s fine apart from the deep breaths. He’s eating, going to the toilet, running up and down stairs etc.

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Jack
Domestic Long Haired
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gas
Fast Breathing
heavy panting

Our cat, Jack, is about 9 years old. Recently he's been breathing very quickly, panting, and has had more gas than usual. Something important and worth noting is that he is an obese cat, and we've tried to put him on a diet but he refuses to eat diet food.
We're quite worried, as this is the first time we've ever had problems with him. He's breathing very quickly, he's panting hard, he's gassier than usual (and seems to sometimes be unable to control his pee), and he's become a lot more vocal, but we don't know what's wrong. At this current time, we cannot afford a vet bill and I'm afraid to just brush this off and see if he feels better the next day. What might be wrong with him?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Heavy breathing may be an indicator of many different conditions including pain, anaemia, heart failure among many other causes; without examining Jack I cannot determine the cause of the symptoms and if he is struggling to breathe you should visit a Veterinarian as soon as possible. Keep an eye on him, but with the breathing symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian before the weekend regardless. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ariel
American Shorthair
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat is 13 and has labored breathing. You can see from looking at her abdomen. She occasionally breathes rapidly, but mainly when she is purring. She also has a drippy nose. When I look at symptoms for lung diseases, the only symptoms she shows is labored breathing. She eats normally, grooms normally, and even plays a good amount for an elderly cat. Her blood tests came back fine as well. Could this be anything serious? Am I missing something?

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Ziggy
tabby
16 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Poor Bladder Control
Breathing Difficulty
Poor Stool Control

My cat Ziggy will be 17 in September. She has gone through severe weight loss and stopped eating and drinking. I took her to the vet and they found her blood results normal but a bad UTI. We are now feeding her baby food, chicken-turkey- beef. She eats that and occassionally wet cat food. She can not tolerate dry food anymore-vomiting. After two weeks of the UTI medicine, she is now breathing poorly. She is also now having difficulty defecating. She strains and her anus is protruding slightly. I cannot afford another vet bill so I’m hoping you can advise on what to give her for her bowel movements. I suspect she has the dry version of FIP. She still wants petted and eats and drinks when she comes to us from sleeping. I’m hesitant to put her to sleep because she is showing us she still wants to live. I’m torn. The vet won’t go on payment plan for me and I have military insurance that does not cover pets. I don’t know what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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While I wish that I could help you more with Ziggy, without seeing her, I'm really not able to recommend anything, and am concerned that between her changes in breathing and her bowel problems, there may be more going on than a simple fix will help. It is very difficult to watch our pets age, and above all we need to make sure that they remain comfortable. She is on an easily digestible diet, and that should be helping rather than making any GI problems worse. It may be necessary to see your veterinarian again to get any recommendations for her - you can tell them that you cannot afford further testing, we often need to work within the financial limits of our clients, and they may be able to suggest different foods or treatments based on her signs.

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Nyx
Not sure, I believe she’s a mix
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Noisy raspy breathing
Breathing with mouth agape

My cat is constantly making sounds when she breathes and it sounds like she struggling to take in a breath. When she plays, she makes the noise from her nose and mouth. When she jumps up or down, she makes the noise. Even when she’s eating and when she’s just being pet. She basically has trouble breathing 24/7. I took her to the vet and they said it something she won’t get over cause she’s been like this since we got adopted as a 3 month old kitten. When we first adopted her, they told us she had a respiratory infection but will go away in time with medicine but it never did. So the vet gave us these nose drops to help out. They kinda help but she’s still the same.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since I can't see Nyx or know more about what is actually going on with her, it would be very reasonable to call your veterinarian and ask more questions if you aren't sure of the diagnosis. If she hasn't had x-rays, that may help to diagnose what is actually wrong with her and to get more detailed answers for you.

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Buco
long hair
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing fast

My cat called Buco is 1 year old and is a bit overweight, since I found him he breathes faster while being pet and purrs quite loud ..MI dont know if I should be worried...he is really lazy and likes to sleep a lot...not that active like my other cats I have
I dont know, if he is really happy or there is a problem...he eats normally and everything else is okay

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Rings
American Wirehair
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Tired
Quiet
Lethargic

My cat Rings, was given to us through a friends, friend. She settled in well and has been eating and drinking great but we noticed when she was breathing that her chest inflated and deflated rather quickly. As time as gone on, she hadn’t shown any difficulties and has been playing around and being her normal self. However, in the past few days, her breathing has become shortened and she seems to be panting. I’m becoming increasingly worried because even though she’s eating and drinking, she seems to be in some stress. Please help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without examining Rings, I can't comment on what might be going on with her. It would be best if she were seen by a veterinarian, and they can examine her, assess her breathing problems, and suggest a treatment for her. At 13, she could have an number of things, including a bacterial or fungal infection heart disease, or cancer. It would be best to have her examined.

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Luna
mixed breed calico
18 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Rapid breathing

Medication Used

1 unit insulin x2 daily

My cat is breathing about 40x a minute when awake and moving around. She's diabetic, 18, and probably arthritic, though we've never had that officially diagnosed. Otherwise, she has been sleeping maybe 18 hours a day or more, and sometimes is just staring off at nothing. But, she grooms herself, uses the cat box with no vocalization or increased frequency, drinks and eats normally, and jumps on the bed and wants to snuggle at night. Playing was never something she really did, she was indoor/outdoor many years, but she will still want to go outside to sniff and roll in the dirt in the morning. She has been to the vet recently to have her blood sugar levels tested, and her scores were good, as they have been for the past few visits. Our vet keeps saying she is in good health, but doesn't have anything to say about her breathing, which seems to have been more rapid and with moving abdominal muscles for at about 6 months. About a year and a half ago though, our vet did not catch that our other diabetic cat had gone into kidney failure, and he was put down in a lot of pain. Because of this, I worry our vet is overlooking something, and whether I should urge my family to get a second opinion. They don't think about it because she gets very stressed in the car and is easily upset. She technically isn't owned by me, but is ultimately my cat and closest to me. Should we seek a second opinion? I just worry about making sure she isn't in pain or suffering...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The top end of the reference range for respiratory rates in cats varies between textbooks, but some sources put respiratory rate as high as forty per minute although we would expect this to be less in an older cat. Without examining Luna I cannot say whether you should be concerned or not, but if you are having doubts or second thoughts you should visit another Veterinarian for a second opinion even if it is to put your mind at rest. An increase in respiratory rate may be due to a variety of different causes including pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.merckvetmanual.com/appendixes/reference-guides/resting-respiratory-rates

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Serendipity
American Shorthair
5 Weeks
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Pale, Loss of appetite

Hi, I rescued a kitten (less than a week old) about 1 month ago. It was raining so she was wet and no cat mom was in sight. Someone had just brought her at the police station and she was crying so I immediately took her to the vet and have fed her Goat milk, vitamins, and have gotten rid of fleas with a vet-recommended spray. She was fine until a week ago when she began breathing harder and harder after feedings. We took her to the vet and they said nothing was wrong until 3 days ago when she began breathing from her mouth. The vet finally did an x-ray and found fluid in her lungs. They told us to force feed her if we have to and gave her 3 injections + a few vitamins and 1 medicine. She was better after the 3 injections however fell sick and was breathing through her mouth so today, we took her to the hospital and now she is in the ICU. She has infection in her lungs. She hasn't eaten the whole day and the doctor says there is nothing that can be done other than waiting to see if she gets better in the ICU or not. I was wondering if there is anyway to have a correct treatment instead of waiting to see if she gets better by herself or not.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from heart failure; causes of pulmonary edema may include low blood albumin, head trauma, neurological disorders, poisoning, allergic reactions and some infections. The problem is that the treatment is dependent on the underlying cause, since each primary cause has a different treatment. Diuretics may help in the short term, but only manage fluid but doesn’t resolve the underlying condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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SHUSHI
Mixed breed
10 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

gurguling
Asthma attacks
Wheezing

Hi Pearl, my cat was diagnosed with spleen cancer with metastasis in the lungs based only on ultrasound. The x-rays two of them and blood test didn't show anything abnormal. My cat has asthma attacks and sometimes Breathing heavily and making pigeon like sounds or gurgling. Sometimes vomitingwhich is not exactly vomiting but the other kind that veterinarians recognized as sudden puke I forgot the name sounds like Refrigeration. I am concerned that diagnosis is not correct because sometimes she's fine and still eating. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If you are not sure that Shushi has been diagnosed correctly, you have a couple of options - you can talk with your veterinarian about your concerns, and see if they can provide a clearer picture for your of what they think is going on, or you can seek a second opinion from a different veterinarian, as they will be able to assess her with a new set of eyes and background. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Karma
domestic short hair
5 Years
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Gagging
Slight Lethargy

Karma has been coughing and retching lately, and her breathing is strange. She can't meow correctly (it's hoarse or it doesnt come out at all when she tries), and she seems tired more often than a week ago. Other than sleeping more, she seems to be normal; shes still eating the same so there's no change in appetite, but I'm still really worried. Do you know what's wrong?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes which it may be including infections, thyroid enlargement, foreign objects (hairs etc…) among other causes; without examining Karma it is not possible for me to diagnose the specific cause. Since her breathing is affected, you should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible preferably before the weekend to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Po
Maine Coon
5 months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

My 5 month old kitten had become more lethargic and has been breathing very heavy in the last two weeks. We took him to the vet and she thought he might have strained something. Then the next day he was much worse. He has a rancid smell coming from his mouth and nose. He hasn't eaten in two days and he is showing signs of having a very very hard time breathing. Any pressure on his chest and he starts wheezing and squeaking. We are going to take him in tomorrow but, is there anything to do to ease his uncomfort?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There really isn’t anything that you can do to ease Po’s discomfort at this time, the rancid smell from the mouth may be indicative of kidney disease or something else concerning which would require your Veterinarian’s attention. Just ensure that he is rested and isn’t being stressed by anything; access to water is also important but if he is struggling to breathe or it seems like he isn’t getting an adequate amount of oxygen you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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