What Causes Shallow Breathing in Cats

Shortness of breath & respiratory arrest in cats


Cat flu rarely leads to severe shortness of breath. Insect bites in the throat, for example, are dangerous. The swelling can obstruct the larynx so that air can no longer get into the windpipe. Severe injuries to the chest or head, severe pain and shock can cause shortness of breath. Heart disease can cause tissue fluid to accumulate in the lungs and cause shortness of breath. All lung diseases are of course accompanied by shortness of breath.


A cat typically breathes 20 to 25 times a minute. If she is excited or strained, it can be up to 60 breaths per minute, but the animal's breathing should calm down quickly. If you notice accelerated breathing over a long period of time, this is always a symptom of the disease. The best way to count your breathing is by observing your chest. When he rises, the cat breathes in. The raising and lowering of the chest should be even, not strenuous. Cats seldom pant. Healthy animals usually only breathe through their nose, which is why so-called mouth breathing is always a warning sign.


If the shortness of breath occurs suddenly, look into the cat's mouth. You may need to remove a foreign object. Try to cool insect bites by licking ice or placing an ice pack on your cat's neck. Call the vet so they can prepare. Make sure that the transport is as calm as possible, because excitement worsens the shortness of breath.


Early detection of internal diseases such as heart disease and their consistent treatment prevent sudden shortness of breath from occurring.

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