The joys of cat ownership are abundant. Not only are cats highly intelligent animals, but they can also become fiercely loyal and loving toward their owners. Concerned cat owners often keep a close eye on their cherished furry friends to make sure that nothing is wrong with them. Some are worried when they discover that their cat snores. Should a snoring cat be a cause for concern?
Cats experience different levels of sleep, just as their owners do. According to Vetinfo.com, during REM sleep, a cat’s brain activity levels are higher. During REM sleep, you will notice your cat’s whiskers and paws twitch and if you look closely enough, you will also notice that their eyelids are rapidly moving. However, when your cat is experiencing non-REM sleep, he will be in a deeper sleep, which is when snoring in cats is most common.
Cats that are most likely to snore are overweight cats or breeds of cat that have flat faces and short noses such as Persian or Himalayan breeds. Even if your cat does not fit into any of these categories, but still snores, there is usually no need for concern.
Unfortunately, snoring in cats does not always indicate a deep level of relaxation. In some cats, snoring is a sign of illness. If your cat’s snoring is accompanied by nasal discharge, sneezing or obvious trouble breathing, this could be an indication of an upper respiratory infection. Loud snoring could also indicate a polyp, tumour or even an allergy to food, bacteria or parasites.
Check for Illness
If you have any worries or concerns about your cat’s snoring, you should not hesitate to take them along to the vet for an examination. Snoring is not usually a sign of serious illness in cats, but if you notice that your cat is struggling to breathe, is hacking and exhibiting other serious symptoms during sleep, you should take your cat to the vet as soon as possible, s o that the vet can explore what is causing the obstruction.
Many cat owners are surprised when they discover that their cat snores. If your cat is overweight or is an exotic breed, this in itself could explain why he snores. However, if your cat struggles to breathe while he is sleeping and snores loudly, this could indicate a more serious medical condition.
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