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What is Noisy Breathing?

Although noisy breathing itself is not life-threatening, the underlying condition might be. If airway obstruction is to blame, total blockage of the airway can happen quickly and without notice, resulting in complete respiratory failure. The blockage, narrowing, or other issues that result in noisy breathing can occur almost anywhere in the respiratory system, including the nose, mouth, throat, larynx, bronchi, or smaller airways within the lungs. Cats that are experiencing noisy breathing should be seen by a veterinarian to diagnose or rule out potentially serious medical conditions. 

The term noisy breathing is used to describe any condition in which breathing is abnormally loud. This includes breathing than can clearly be heard without the use of veterinary equipment. Noisy breathing may sound like wheezing, snoring, or squeaking.

Symptoms of Noisy Breathing in Cats

The primary symptom of noisy breathing in cats is breathing that is audible. The noise can range from a lower-pitched snoring sound to a higher whistling or squeaking noise. It may be accompanied by breathing changes or difficulty breathing. The noisy breathing may be associated with numerous other symptoms depending on the underlying cause of the condition. Associated symptoms can become very severe and may even be fatal. 

Symptoms include:

  • Loud breathing sounds
  • Trouble breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Open-mouth breathing
  • Panting or rapid breathing
  • Movement of belly and chest while breathing
  • Flared nostrils
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Breathing with neck extended or elbows sticking out
  • Squeaking sounds during breaths
  • Snoring sounds even when awake
  • Voice changes
  • Hoarseness
  • Inability to vocalize or meow
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Weakness
  • A cough producing mucus
  • Nasal discharge
  • Pain and related vocalizations
  • Pale mucous membranes
  • Behavior changes
  • Restlessness
  • Fever

Severe symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Inability to breathe
  • Seizures
  • Collapse or fainting
  • Coma
  • Sudden death

Types

There are two primary types of noisy breathing. The type is determined by where the breathing disruption is, and can often be identified by the sound the cat is making while breathing. The types of noisy breathing are:

  • Stridor: Noisy breathing with a high-pitched sound, which is usually caused by a blockage or issue in the larynx or windpipe
  • Stertor: Noisy breathing with a low-pitched sound that often occurs when inhaling, and is usually caused by an issue in the nose or throat

Causes of Noisy Breathing in Cats

A large number of conditions can cause noisy breathing in cats, ranging from congenital abnormalities to infections, foreign objects, and a variety of diseases and disorders. Stridor or stertor noisy breathing may help in identifying the types of issues causing the issue because they affect different parts of the nose, throat, and airways. Certain underlying causes can result in both types of noisy breathing, however. Common causes of noisy breathing in cats can include:

  • Airway obstruction
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Asthma
  • Buildup of fluid in the chest or abdominal cavities
  • Lung disease
  • Blood disorders
  • Congenital heart failure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Heart disease
  • Thyroid issues
  • Cancer
  • Dehydration
  • Brachycephalic airway syndrome, which occurs in flat-faced animals
  • Poisoning or toxicity
  • Pneumonia
  • Narrowed nostrils, nose, or throat
  • Lesions in the nose, throat, or respiratory passages
  • Larynx collapse
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Trauma injury or damage
  • Acromegaly
  • Side effects of anesthesia or sedation
  • Inflammation of the throat caused by vomiting or toxins
  • Shock
  • Fever
  • Strong emotional responses like anxiety or fear

Diagnosis of Noisy Breathing in Cats

With the large number of potential causes of noisy breathing, diagnosis of the underlying condition can require a variety of diagnostic methods. Much of the process will involve confirming or ruling out likely causes using a process of elimination. Be prepared to discuss your cat’s full medical history and describe any symptoms you have observed. Your veterinarian will conduct a full physical examination and collect samples of urine and blood for analysis. Your pet’s blood oxygen level will be measured using either blood gas analysis or pulse oximetry. If the noisy breathing is accompanied by difficulty breathing or if blood oxygen levels are low, oxygen therapy may be provided to stabilize the cat while other diagnostic measures are used to identify the underlying cause of the condition. 

With the animal stabilized, diagnostic analysis can begin. Urinalysis and common laboratory blood tests will be conducted on your pet’s samples. This will include blood and urine cultures, complete blood count, and biochemistry and electrolyte profiles. Your veterinarian will listen to the airways with a stethoscope to determine the location of the noise in the nose, throat, or windpipe. Diagnostic imaging, including x-rays or ultrasounds, may also be used to look at the respiratory system and sinuses for indications of a foreign object, tumor or growth, or other issues. A scope may also be used to examine the nose, throat, and airways. In some cases, fluid, mucus, or tissue samples may also be taken to aid in diagnosis.

Treatment of Noisy Breathing in Cats

The treatment for cats with noisy breathing will focus primarily on treating the underlying cause. For example, if a tumor is found to be the cause of the cat’s noisy breathing, surgical removal or other cancer therapies may be used. Noisy breathing, especially with an indeterminate cause, that does not impact the function on the respiratory system may not require any treatment. Some of the possible treatments for noisy breathing in cats include:

Oxygen Therapy 

Providing oxygen can aid in respiratory function and help maintain healthy blood oxygen levels. Oxygen may be provided using tubes, a mask, or an oxygen cage. This is a relatively low-risk therapy but is administered on an inpatient basis under supervision to monitor for potential issues. 

Fluid Therapy 

Intravenous (IV) fluids may be used to treat pets with noisy breathing, particularly if dehydration or mucus are factors. Administered fluids can help thin out mucus and make coughing more productive. This therapy is considered a low-risk treatment and is usually only provided on an inpatient basis. 

Antihistamines 

This category of drug is commonly used to treat allergies and allergic reactions. It can aid in breathing, even when allergies are not the only cause. Proper dosing is essential to reduce the risk of side effects. 

Steroids 

This category of drug is also commonly used for breathing difficulties, including asthma. Steroids carry a moderate risk of side effects and will generally not be prescribed to cats that have poor immune function. 

Antibiotics 

Respiratory and other bodily infections are often contributing factors in noisy breathing. Antibiotic medications help to remove the infection and aid the immune system in overcoming illness. Proper dosing is essential for reducing the risk of side effects. 

Surgical Intervention 

In the event a tumor, injury, or foreign object are obstructing an airway and causing noisy breathing, surgery may be necessary. Surgery carries a moderate risk of side effects. If surgical intervention is required, your cat will likely be hospitalized to reduce the risk of complications. 

Recovery of Noisy Breathing in Cats

Your pet’s prognosis will depend on the underlying cause of noisy breathing. If treatment is possible, the prognosis is higher. Some animals will be able to lead a normal life, even if noisy breathing is never cured. While your cat is recovering, avoid sudden dietary changes, environmental changes, and stressors. If dietary changes are recommended to aid in your cat’s recovery, make changes gradually to avoid increasing stress and anxiety. Ensure their living space is protected from cold, dampness, drafts, and dust to maintain good air quality. Monitor your pet for symptoms and seek veterinary assistance of they return or worsen. Be sure to follow all of your veterinarian’s instructions regarding care, medications, and follow-up appointments. 

 

Noisy Breathing Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Nala and nova
Orange and calico
7-12 weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing
Noisy sleeper
Sneezing

I recently just adopted to kittens that we found on the side of the road, the youngest one has reacebtly been sneezing every so often and very rarely wheezing and then my oldest one has very rarely been sneezing and making strange noise when sleeping out of nowhere

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for noisy breathing and wheezing but normally allergies, dust, cigarette smoke and infections are the most common causes; I would keep an eye on Nala and Nova but given their ages I would taken them into a Veterinarian for an examination and to get vaccinated as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat is wheezing when he purrs. Everything else in his life is fine. He still eats, drinks, plays, goes to bathroom fine. I took him to vet once, so far & they took chest X-ray. Ruled out asthma & pneumonia. Put him on a week of antibiotics but he still wheezes when he purrs. Suggestions?

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Clara
Tabby
Seven Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

raspy breathing

My cat has been breathing raspy for two days. Other than her breathing, I see no other changes in her behavior. She is seven yrs old and not fixed. She is not any special breed. She is just grey and brown striped tabby. My question is...Is there a chance the breathing issue will fix itself as she doesn't seem to be in any pain?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Noisy breathing may be caused by various different conditions including allergies, irritation (any new cleaning products recently?), laryngeal problems, foreign bodies, polyps etc… If Clara isn’t in distress, keep an eye on her but for a diagnosis you would need to visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have rescued a kitten who was being used as a chew toy for dogs I've had her for about a week and noticed she is having problems breathing through her nose and sounds like she is wheezing. She also sleeps ....ALOT. I don't know how old she is but either at 6 weeks or slightly under is what I assume. Is there anything I can do for her?

Please take her to a vet!!!

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Tabitha
Tuxedo
Adult
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing

Hi! My adult cat that I rescued wheezes as she sleeps and is at rest.. most of the time she is fine and if I pet her she will purr happily and loud and it will stop.. I took her to a vet a year ago and $800 later they said it was some minor inflammation and prescribed a steroid which idk if it helped or not..is there any homeopathic treatment for inflammation or allergies that I can give her? It gets concerning :-/

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Homeopathic medications have been proven to not work and products for sale in the United States have to declare that their products don’t work on the packaging; doesn’t stop people believing in them - however I won't go into this as I feel I will open a can of ‘Africanised Bees’ (which is more scary than a can of worms). The wheezing may be caused by many causes, but it is is occurring only at rest or when sleeping it may be just due to the position sleeping; if she is otherwise alright, I would just continue to keep an eye on her. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-148109/Proof-homeopathy-doesnt-work.html www.independent.co.uk/news/science/homeopathy-treatments-must-be-labelled-to-say-they-do-not-work-us-government-orders-a7429776.html

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Tiger
Male
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Cats breathing very rough. Just happened out of nowhere. When he takes a big breath it's like a deep growl. He's also been very slow and laying around a lot more than usual.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes for noisy breathing or heavy breathing and lethargy which may be attributable to pain, obstruction, allergies, laryngeal disorders, infections among other issues. For this you would need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cali
Tuxedo
6 Months
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Snore
Dry Cough

Cali started dry heaving about 3 days ago, but nothing comes up. She seemed fine I just figured she had a stubborn hairball. Now, she is making a hmmmm sound when breathing. She is eating, and drinking fine. She is also still playful. Suggustions?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hairballs are a usual culprit of dry heaving in cats; but food allergies, infections and irritants can also cause similar symptoms. Try to give a hairball oil to see if it helps pass anything, but the breathing noise may be from discomfort or another cause; it is difficult to say specifically what could be causing the noise as the origin of the noise is important (upper vs lower respiratory tract). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milky
Mix
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Low weight
Low pitch Snoring sound
Weakness

My cat is 13 yrs and i notice a couple of months ago he looked sick. Vet gave urine and blood test. Said there was protein in urine and there was 5lb weight lost in 8 months since last vet Visit suggested ultra sound because Of Noisy breathing. Prescribed antibiotic and told vet because of cost wasn't going to Pursue further treatment, it's been a month since that last vist. I'm concerned beacuse he seems to have trouble breathing. He is still eating but he doesn't use litter box and hasn't for years. Unsure if he is suffering enough to Euthanise.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It can be difficult to decide when the time has come to euthanaise; but without further diagnostic tests and a better understanding of the underlying cause, treatment options are limited. Breathing is important and if Milky is struggling to breathe or is restricted in movement due to a lack of oxygen then you should be considering one last car ride together. You know Milky better than anyone and you will see that he is not his usual self or is in discomfort. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My kitten is about 16 weeks old, I noticed last night and tonight when she sleeps, I can hear her breathing and tiny whistle in her breathing once In a while. Is she okay???

Dear Milky's Owner,
Please do not euthanize your cat. I love animals and have four cats of my own. In fact, I'm on this site because 2 of them have wheezing/snore-like symptoms. Nothing major I presume, as they are very active and behaving normally. But I have a vet appointment this week as it is consistent and concerns me. I am strictly against the euthanizing of any animal unless the suffering is great and the treatment incurable. We all deserve a full shot at life. Our culture is inherently corrupt when one considers the terminally ill cancer patient with 2 weeks to live and suffering every bit of his final moments, yet spare nothing to wipe away another life of a different breed. Please know that I pass no judgement upon you or your reasoning and decision. I am but passionate and fed up with society's view of animals. I respect you for seeking professional council on a public forum. Having said that,I would be happy to gather resources that offer free health care or discounted health care to pet owners in need. I myself am taking advantage of such options for the previously stated. With time being a factor and depending upon your circumstance and state of residence, I would gladly take your cat as my own and ensure he gets the help he needs. I am leaving you my PERSONAL email on this very public site to display my seriousness. Please hurry. Time is running out for our friend Milky.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Regards,
Alia
[email protected]

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Astrid
Domestic longhair
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

High pitched snoring

My cat makes this high pitch snoring sound that comes from her nose. It's not all the time but really only when she's lounging or sleeping. When she does it, she doesn't do it for all that long, but she will usually do it a couple times a day. It's probably not a big deal but I am just a concerned cat mom. She's been doing it since I adopted her about a month ago.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be just the position that Astrid is sleeping in or may be attributable to narrow airways or laryngeal issues; if she isn’t in any respiratory distress, you should keep an eye out but if there seems to be other problems you should have your Veterinarian give her a check to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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oreo
Short haired domestic
12 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

panting and high pitched meowing

my cat is panting and is meowing like a kitten he is a year old now im really worried we found a tick on him but were not sure how long it was on him, mabey you could give me an idea about what happend and if its from blood loss?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A single tick isn’t going to engorge enough blood to cause a significant quantity of blood loss; the tick should be removed and you should start using a flea & tick spot on prevention medication. If you are living in an area prone to some tick borne diseases, you should discuss with your Veterinarian about possible tick borne diseases which Oreo may present with. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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September
Kitten
3 werks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Hello. I took my kitten to get spayed. The first vet thought she was 10 to 12 weeks a month ago but the vet that spayed said she was about 12 weeks. He a gave her 2nd distemper shot and rabies. Since surgery 3 days ago I notice kitty sounds congested. It's scary. Acting ok but you can here congestion. Last night seemed like trouble swallowing a minute or two

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
If September was intubated there may be some laryngeal irritation which occurs in cats as they have a very sensitive larynx which spasms and requires the use of an local anaesthetic spray to prevent spasming during intubation. I would give it a few days in case this is the cause; if September is having difficulty breathing I would suggest returning to your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tommy
domestic short hair
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Congested nose difficult breathing

My cat has had a congested nose for two weeks now. We went to the vet a week ago where he got a shot now yesterday (week from last appt) we went and they gave him amoxicillin pills and a pill for inflammation for his nose. He has a little blood coming from nose possibly from dry boogers. He does need a tooth pulled out as well. There’s just so much going on for my little guy which is 10yrs and indoor cat who occasionally steps into Garden. I just want him to not suffer. What can I do to help him improve faster. I’ve damp wet warm towel to remove the boogers, had him in restroom to let him breath the moist air from hot shower, spray salin spray for allergies (recommend by vet).He’s schedule another vet visit next week for tooth removal but his breathing is so harsh. He still eats and drinks but his poor nose is making life hard for him. I just don’t know what else I can do to make it easier for him.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
Is the tooth causing problems with his nose; maxillary dental issues may communicate with the nasal cavity causing multiple problems. Apart from giving antibiotics and allowing Tommy to breath the humid warm air from the shower, there are few other options without knowing the exact underlying cause. If there are signs of infection, culture and sensitivity may be useful to help determine the best antibiotic for treatment; I would see how he is after the tooth removal and to decide on a course of action after then. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
American Shorthair
12
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My 12 yr old cat started having a funny purring sound when she is given attention,but if you pet her too long she starts to breath through her mouth . Then she will jump off your lap and let out a raspy sound like something in her throat is bothering her. She went to the vet and they listened to her purring sounds and they said it's hard to tell where the accompanied sound is coming from. My cat just got done taking a ten day course of Orbax. She is still the same.The vet suggested steroids or take her to a throat nose and ear specialist.She also was sedated a couple of months ago by the same vet for dental cleaning and one extraction. If the intubation affected her throat or larynx in any way wouldn't I have noticed symptoms immediately after the dental procedure?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cats have a very sensitive throat, so sensitive that we need to spray the throat before intubating to prevent spasms from occurring and you would most likely have seen symptoms before now if that was the cause. But laryngeal paralysis, enlarged thyroid gland, tumours among other issues may cause a change in purring; I would have an examination performed to look at the larynx and see if there is any anomalies. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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milo
domestic taby
4 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

she makes a sounds

Hi, i was playing with my 4 and a half months male kitten and suddenly I heard her bones cracking. And now every time she jumps off the bed she make a tiny sound. What could this mean?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
There are a few possible injuries which Milo may have suffered from here, but without examining him I cannot say where he may be injured. You should give him plenty of rest for a few days but if you don’t see any improvement you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination, also if you haven’t vaccinated him you should start. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cheeto
domestic short hair
6 mon.
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loud Breathing

Medication Used

none

Hi! My little baby (around 6 months) Cheeto is having what sounds like congested breathing and nothing else.
There's no discharge from his nose or his eyes.

It is not constant. Just every now and then I hear him. Even last night while playing (running up and down the hall chasing the red dot) I heard nothing but I hear him right now and he's just laying down.

It's not labored, he's not wheezing, there's no coughing or sneezing, no discharge, no panting, no change in diet or routine, etc.

I don't know if I should be concerned

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
If the breathing noises occur whilst at rest, it may be just due to the position of the head or similar issue which is nothing to worry about; if Cheeto is otherwise in good spirits I would keep an eye out for exercise intolerance or other symptoms which would indicate respiratory distress. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gordon
domestic short hair
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing Loud Breathing
Wheezing

I adopted a three month old kitten a few days ago and have noticed his breathing sounds a bit wheezy after we play. Is he just out of breath from the exercise? And I being a worried new mom?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Gordon may just be out of breath, if he isn’t showing any other symptoms otherwise you should keep a close eye on him; you should visit your Veterinarian if the issue gets worse or doesn’t improve. Increased breathing, airway narrowing, laryngeal disorders among other disorders may cause a wheezing noise. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Patch
Tom cat
3 Months
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Breathing Difficulty, breathlessnes
Noisy Breathing

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

My kitten patchy breathes loudly and becomes breathless after intense running and playing. He even coughs and sneezes occasionally. I gave him amoxicillin for 4days.still the condition is the same. He is very active though. Should I be concerned

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
Amoxicillin should not really be used for less than seven days, was it prescribed by your Veterinarian or you just had some laying around? The misuse of antibiotics is causing a public health crisis with antibiotic resistance. There are numerous causes for breathing difficulty and if you have concerns you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
Russian Blue
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My cat is heaving breathing, which is on and off and occasionally clearing her throat (or what sounds like clearing her throat.) Last night she slept at the end of my bed and I woke to her breathing- which to me sounded 'raspy' this then passed and she went back to normal breathing throughout the night. Her breathing seems fine but occasionally it is load and raspy. Her appetite is fine, although not eating quite as much as normal but she is still eating. She is still active but also has a periods where she just sleeps but I'd say she is not as active as she normal. She has slight mucus in her eyes. However, she drinking water and passing urine okay. but doesn't seem to be passing stools as much as she normally does but has been.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various reasons for breathing changes which may include infections, allergies, other irritation, sleeping position among other issues; not sure if the defecation changes are related but would be considered during a physical examination. It is possible that Willow has some mucus in her respiratory tract which may cause some changes whilst breathing; also certain conditions like enlarged thyroid may also cause changes in breathing and activity. A thorough examination would be useful and possibly a blood test if the thyroid is found to be enlarged. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tequila
TORTOISE shell
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat is 1 years old. She has been outside but her breathing sounds like it's clacking or sticky kinda noise. She's purring a lot. Her fur is all puffed up. Not interested in water or food.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for breathing difficulties which may be due to a few different conditions including infections, allergies, irritation among other causes; any breathing difficulties should be checked by your Veterinarian. In the meantime make sure that Tequila is drinking, you may need to syringe a little water into her mouth to encourage drinking. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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bessa
Not sure
dont know
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
Noisy Breathing
Sleepy

hello
where i'm living there is no animal clinic (Hail-Saudi Arabia).
i have a male cat he breath noisily and sleeping alot almost eat nothing)i found him in my door step can anyone suggest anything that i can get from a normal medical store and how i gave him. Please

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with the symptoms you are describing is that there are many possible causes for the symptoms including infection, allergies, foreign objects among other causes; in Ha’il I have found two Veterinary Pharmacies which may have a Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician present, without examining Bessa I cannot give you any specific advice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
tabby
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Wheezing
Normal eating habits
Laying down a lot

My cat wheezes on and off and it’s not that noisy, but whenever i pick her up, she meows as if she’s in pain. Is there anything that i can look for so she doesn’t get any worse before we get money to get to the vet?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of wheezing in cats which may include pain, airway obstruction, infection, foreign objects, asthma, allergies among other causes; keep an eye on Bella and ensure that she is drinking, eating and doing her business. I would get your Veterinarian to check her over so you at least know the cause and then treat accordingly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mittens
Calico
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Snoring noise
Grunting noise

My cat makes a grunting noise when I sometimes pick her up or go up close and kiss her face and sounds like she is sniring sometimes when she is asleep she still eats and drinks and is as active as she normally is but is the grunting noise and the snoring like sound normal?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Grunting when picking her up may indicate pain or discomfort from the action of holding her; if she is otherwise eating, drinking, urinating and defecating the cause may be minor. Some airway disorders or narrowing may cause snoring or other noises which would need to be examined by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cloud
American Shorthair
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

stuffy
snorting

Kitten is about 7 months old. He makes snorting noises/ sounds like he has a stuffy nose. It only seems to happen when he begins to wash himself and shortly after. He has to take breaks while washing himself and takes several breaths. He still eats well and drinks as usual. He's still playful but doesn't seem to sleep for very long. He doesn't have any nasal discharge and his eyes aren't watery or irritated.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Cloud has a foreign object or polyp in the nasal cavity or something else going on there, other issues may be with laryngeal disorders but without an examination I cannot give you any specifics. Keep an eye on Cloud and if she isn’t in any distress, I wouldn’t worry about it but bring it up with your Veterinarian at your next visit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Castiel
tabby
Four Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing

My four year old cat was just making a hoarse wheezing noise moments ago and I thought he was going to puke or cough up a hair ball but he didn't. He's wheezed like that before two other times one of the times he puked and another he didn't. The wheezing usually only lasts a couple of mins and he seems to stop after I pet him.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for wheezing which may include foreign objects (including hairballs), infections, laryngeal disorders among other issues; if Castiel is otherwise alright, I would keep a close eye on him and give him a hairball remedy just to help anything along that may be there. If there is no improvement, you should visit your Veterinarian for a general examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Atticus Finch
domestic short hair
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Snoring

Medication Used

Felimazole

My 13yr old cat has recently started snoring while he is wide awake no heavy breathing or anything just snoring. He will also sometimes have a raspy cry.
He has hyperthyroidism but it's well managed with medication.
Should I be concerned?

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for a cat to snore (whether awake or sleeping) which include infections, thyroid issues (and enlarged thyroid may press of the respiratory tract), foreign objects, soft palate disorders among other causes; I would keep an eye out for other symptoms but would ideally bring it up with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Boo
DSG
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Intermittent noise with breathing

Medication Used

Oral lysine, 1000 mg with a meal

Monday, I adopted a kitten, with full knowledge that he had some type of breathing issue. The adopting agency did not believe it was serious and it does not appear to have affected his growth. He was seen by their vet several times before I got him. He was prescribed various antibiotics ( don't know which ones). Xrays showed nothing abnormal.

I've been watching him this week before I take him to my own vet and see what he thinks. Boo's breathing is often very quiet without any noticeable sound, but even when it sounds normal, it looks to me as if he's making a bit more effort to breathe than is normal, even when sleeping - I see more abdominal movement than I do with other cats. But he is extremely lean, he's built like an Oriental, very long and slender. Maybe that's made abdominal movements more obvious?

He seems to eat well most of the time, though today he skipped breakfast. Not very usual for a kitten, but he's not the keenest eater. He sleeps much more than I expect of kittens in this age bracket. He can be quite playful but he's not nearly as active as other kittens I've had this age.

When there is noise, the sound is variable. It does not appear to be exercise related, it can start when he's asleep. Often starts when he wakes up, but it's by no means constant. Sometimes he sounds just like a tiny piglet grunting, slightly squeaky. Other times, he sounds as if he's very congested; that sticky, mucousy sound you get with a nasty cold. There is no discharge from nose or eyes, they're nice and clear. He's jet black which makes it hard to see if he's actually parting his lips to mouth breathe at any time. But I don't see any panting with a very open mouth. None of the blood work or urinalysis done by the rescue's vet showed anything useful.

He was rescued from outdoors, along with four siblings, no mother in sight. They were only a couple week's old and were all desperately sick - one died. It was thought that they had Panleukapenia, but the diagnosis wasn't 100% confirmed. The foster carer put in heroic efforts with these kittens and 3 of them recovered very well but this one appears to have got the worst of whatever it was. I've taken him because I've had a load of experience and more than a few sick cats over the years. He's a sweet, friendly, affectionate little guy. He's getting along exceptionally well with my other cat, a 3 yr old.

I don't have a ton of money to spend on diagnostics. I always get regular vet checks, annual bloodwork and so on and I always save money towards vet care, but investigations into this kind of thing, which doesn't appear to be anything very obvious, can easily run into significant costs that would be difficult, if not impossible, to manage. I'd appreciate any ideas you may have about what might be going on with this guy.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
There are various different types of issues which may be affecting Boo but it seems like the usual suspects like infections have been treated for to be on the safe side; an x-ray is valuable as it would have shown if there were any anomalies of the lower respiratory tract or not. Laryngeal disorders or narrow upper airways may cause some breathing sounds which may vary due to head position etc… Sometimes these cases are simple and sometimes even with the best testing can be unrewarding to determine the cause. I cannot shed any light on this without examining him first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Candes
Not sure
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat is breathing so heavy it almost sounds like she has something cracked inside. What could be wrong? Do you know of any free clinics in Boston MA that I can take her to so she can get seen. I am really worried and have no money to have her be seen.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is a free clinic in Allston which is open three hours per day and is a first come first served clinic which asks for a $20 donation per visit. http://merwinclinic.org/home There are various causes of breathing difficulties which may be due to a variety of causes which may include infections, foreign objects, laryngeal disorders among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
American Shorthair
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wheezing
congested breathing
Sneezing

Hello. I adopted a 3 month kitten from the shelter about 3 weeks ago and noticed that he sounds congested when he breathes. He also sneezes at times and it sounds like there is some type of mucus. I took him to the vet a few days before I noticed the symptoms and the vet said he looks like a healthy kitten. I'm not sure if he could just have a cold or it could be something else. I'm very worried and would like to have an idea of what this could be.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
This may just be due to changes in the weather, a small infection, allergies (anything new in the house?), among other causes; for now keep an eye on Charlie but return to your Veterinarian if there is no improvement or you notice any respiratory difficulty. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peppermint
Siamese / mix (I think he's a Balinese instead)
4 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Little water consumption
Chest moving when breathing
Noisy Breathing

My kitten, Peppermint, is 4 months old and we just adopted him on Thursday last week. He started making an odd breathing noise when I pet him. At first I thought it was just a purchase, but now he does it if he is just sleeping or laying in my lap. He only makes the wierd snoring noise when people are getting or holing him. I don't know if he just purrs a lot, snores even when he's awake, or another more threatening conclusion. He also has only been drinking a little bit of water, but that might not be contributing.

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1724 Recommendations
There are numerous reasons for a difference in breathing sounds which may be due to environment (it is a new environment), allergies, infections, foreign objects, airway disorders (laryngeal paralysis among others) as well as other causes. I would keep an eye on Peppermint for the time being but if you notice any respiratory distress or nasal discharge you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Aurora
Siamese
5 Months
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Sneezing
Snoring
Noisy Breathing
What should I do, I'm a kid, have no money and she's undergoing surgery to get declawed this week...
Bailey
Dsh
2 Years
Mild
Has Symptoms
Snoring
Noisy Breathing
My 2 year old cat has been having noisy breathing since the day I adopted her. It doesn't seem to irritate her at all or effect her behaviour but she does have some sort of snore like sound when she breaths. It's not all of the time either just occasional.