Cats cause endless affection for their owners. This is especially true for sounds sometimes made by pets - snoring, sighing and even snoring. After all, they are different from ours and seem charming when they are published by a furry favorite. But if the cat sniffles when it breathes constantly, it causes concern and anxiety.
Why is the cat sniffing?
The respiratory system of cats is similar to the human. Our pets can just as well sigh, sniffle and even snore. Most often this happens in a dream. Dreams of cats can consist of various events that cause an external reaction not only in the form of tugging of the legs, as if the animal is running, shuddering, but also the reactions of the respiratory system.
But if a cat or kitten sniffs with his nose not only in a dream, but also when he is awake, this may indicate the appearance of health problems. In this case, the owners need to more closely observe the pet, which sniffs when breathing, to track the duration and frequency of sniffing. This can help in determining the cause of the condition, and in deciding what to do and how to treat the animal.
The most common causes of cat nose nose:
- Laryngeal edema. Most often occurs due to allergies or foreign objects in the respiratory system. It can be detected during a medical examination and during radiography.
- Urolithiasis disease. Sniffling may be accompanied by wheezing.
- Parasites. Worms can be in any organs, including respiratory.
- Pneumonia and bronchitis.
- Respiratory infections.
- Heart failure. In addition to wheezing, coughing, blueing of the mucous membranes are observed.
Diagnosis and treatment
Periodic snoring is the norm for humans and animals. If this happens rarely, then it should not cause concern. But if this cat sniffles when he breathes all the time, or even breathes with his mouth open, this should be cause for concern. Persistent breathing problems can cause more serious health problems. Most likely, you will need a veterinarian consultation and treatment, as it is difficult or completely impossible to independently determine the disease. But before going to the doctor, it is necessary to observe an animal that sniffs and breathes heavily. To make a diagnosis, exclude various diseases and prescribe the right treatment, the doctor will need detailed information.
The veterinarian may request the following information about a cat who sniffles when breathing:
- the age of the animal and its lifestyle;
- weight and its ratio with the norm for this breed;
- how long sniffling arose;
- whether other sounds are heard when the cat is breathing;
- discoloration of the mucous membranes;
- the presence of various injuries (trunk, nose, mouth, larynx);
- changes in behavior (low activity, weakness, excitability);
- other symptoms (indigestion, vomiting, other breathing problems, cough, runny nose, sneezing).
If the cat does not breathe well and sniffs, you should not wait until this passes by itself. Such signs may indicate a serious illness in the cat or kitten, which requires immediate treatment.
By the nature of sniffling and sounds, you can often roughly determine the focus of the disease:
- wet rales indicate sputum in the respiratory system;
- dry rales indicate the presence of edema in the bronchi or throat;
- cod - problems in the alveoli are possible;
- whistling may indicate swelling in the airways.
Only a qualified specialist should determine the diagnosis and prescribe treatment for a cat that sniffs when it breathes. An independent choice of the method of therapy and an incorrect definition of the disease can lead to a significant deterioration in the condition of the animal.
Only the timely start of treatment, and the right choice of drugs can provide a quick and complete recovery of the pet. You should not be guided by the recommendations of other cat owners from the forums - each case is individual, even with similar symptoms.