Why Do Cats Pant?
Dogs pant all the time, so there is no reason for pet owners to be alarmed when they see their dogs panting. But what are the odds that you catch your cat panting? Unlike dogs, it is quite unusual to see a cat panting as they are usually in a very calm and relaxed mood.
This doesn’t mean, however, that cats don’t pant at all. Like many other animal species, cats also pant from time to time, and as a pet owner, it is important that you know when it becomes a medical emergency.
Is It Normal for Cats to Pant?
The short answer is yes. Heat exchange in humans is very different from that of animals, especially cats. Unlike us, our feline friends can’t sweat through the pores all over their bodies. Instead, these sweat pores are concentrated on the pads of their paws, where they experience minor sweating.
Sometimes, this sweating is not sufficient in releasing heat from your cat’s body, so they need to pant to aid the heat exchange process.
It is important to remember, though, that cats don’t pant consistently and certainly don’t pant the way dogs do.
Other Causes for Panting in Cats
Here are potential reasons your cat pants excessively.
- Your cat is stressed. Traveling or being in a pet carrier can induce stress in cats. Make sure to remove your pet from a stressful situation to reduce panting.
- Your cat can be manifesting a sign of a heart issue. Young cats can have genetic heart conditions, such as cardiomyopathy, that may develop as they age. Senior felines are prone to heart problems too.
- Your cat may have a respiratory disease. Cats may not be getting enough oxygen, so they breathe through their mouths to get more air. Take them to the vet at once if you suspect this.
- Your cat could be overexerting himself. Kittens can become overly active and play too much that they become out of breath. Help your cat calm down and encourage him to take a break from playing.
Seek veterinary attention immediately if your cat struggles to breathe and if his tongue turns into hues of blue or purple.
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