Is It Normal For My Cat to Grunt and Snore (and should you worry)?

A cat who is snoring or grunting could be suffering from a number of important conditions. Of course they could be just fine…but how do you know?


And then my final question on today's podcast episode is about a cat who grunts when he's breathing. He normally only does it when he's totally relaxed, almost asleep, but he also grunts and then snores when he's in deep sleep. Otherwise he seems fine, he exercises well, he eats well, he toilets fine, he goes outside on leash walks for three to four hours a day. Also he’s a 10-kilo cat and described as a kind of standard shorthaired cat.

So is this grunting and snoring something to be worried about?

So to start, with I would question whether he's actually obese? If he's a standard domestic shorthair then 10 kilograms is a huge weight to be!

Obviously there are some breeds of cats that are that big, but obesity is definitely something that can cause this. If he is obese then that can cause the airways to become narrow, resulting in noisy breathing and snoring.

Also, bear in mind that an increased weight also increases the risk of arthritis, diabetes, skin disease, and fatty liver or hepatic lipidosis in cats as well. So breathing noises can be and indicator that there is a problem with obesity, but there are a lot of other risks as well.

Now, if he's not obese, is he actually a brachycephalic? So is he a squashed, short nosed breeds like a Persian or Himalayan or a Burmese. These brachycephalic cats have as many problems as the brachycephalic dogs. They can have narrow airways, they can have long soft palettes, the throat and larynx can have abnormalities that mean that they create this noise and it's a symptom of the problem with the breathing and the narrow airway again.

Now, if none of these are a problem and he is otherwise healthy as described, with no other breathing problems, then it's unlikely to be a problem. Just keep an eye out for the breathing changes and I would suggest that you take a video of your cat while he’s snoring, while he's grunting just to show your vet the next time that you visit because a video is a really powerful tool that we have to show changes that can be quite difficult to describe.

The above is a transcript taken from “The Dr Alex Answers Show”.

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