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Breathing Issues With Cats

Cat Breathing

Breathing issues are hard to detect, but there are a few things to watch out for.

Breathing is a part of life. In fact, it’s probably the most important part of life in terms of survival. Respiratory issues can be a true issue, especially within our cats. The system itself has a wide variety of parts working together, from the nose all the way to the lungs. The air enters through the nose and then makes its way down to the lungs, where oxygen is transferred to blood cells that are dispersed throughout the body. The difficulty with cats and breathing issues is that they’re actually incredibly hard to detect. In many cases, your cat’s stomach will distend, and that process makes it easy for breathing issues to go unnoticed. It’s important to be aware of the causes and symptoms in play.

What Are The Causes Of Breathing Difficulties?

Breathing difficulty can be caused by a number of things, and each form has its own consequences. The most visible part of your cat for this situation is their nose, which is why it’s important to constantly be aware of the area. If the nostrils are smaller, or there’s any type of bleeding, it’s a clear indication that your cat is struggling. Tumors are always a potential worry, and the same goes for any material that could get stuck in their throat. If you notice that your cat is having difficulty with their balance, that may also be an alarm.


When we think of cats that have trouble breathing, this is the term that comes to mind. It’s associated with the inhaling and exhaling abilities that your cat maintains. While we associate troubled breathing with a loss of breath, the opposite is also true. An abnormally quick rate is dangerous as well, and if they’re panting it’s a clear sign that it’s too quick. Difficulty in breathing can also be a sign of deeper issues, such as heart failure. Dyspnea is not a disease, but rather a series of signs. Sometimes it could simply be that an excessive amount of fluid has built up. The best way to figure out what’s wrong is by taking your cat to the veterinarian.

Contact The Catonsville Cat Clinic Today

For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!

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