Q. Her breathing

Tue, Jul 11, 2023

Lately she has been breathing heavier but acts regular but I see she has been sleeping a lot more lately as well
Should I make a vet appt?

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Dr. Wilkins

I understand that you're concerned about your cat's breathing and her recent increase in sleeping.

Heavy breathing in cats, also known as dyspnea, can be caused by various factors. One common cause is respiratory infections, such as feline upper respiratory infections, which can lead to congestion and difficulty breathing. Other possible causes include allergies, asthma, heart disease, and lung problems.

It's important to closely monitor her breathing patterns. If she is panting or struggling to breathe, it may indicate a more severe condition requiring immediate medical attention. In such cases, it is recommended to take her to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible.

However, if her breathing is not severely compromised and she is acting relatively normal, there are a few things you can do at home to help her:

- Ensure that your cat has a quiet and comfortable place to rest. Minimize exposure to loud noises, excessive activity, or stressful situations that may cause her to breathe harder.

- Make sure your cat has access to fresh water at all times. You can also consider offering wet food, as it contains additional moisture that can help maintain hydration.

- Encourage your cat to take it easy and avoid excessive exercise or exertion. Rest is important for her recovery and overall well-being.

If her symptoms persist or worsen, I would recommend taking her to the doctor.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.