What Does Cat Panting Look Like?
Cat panting can be easily recognized. Keep an eye open for these identifying factors:
The Difference Between Normal and Abnormal Cat Panting
In some cases, it is normal for your cat to pant. For example, you might notice your cat panting after rigorous exercise. Other causes could be stress or anxiety usually brought on by stressful events such as vet visits, introduction to new animals, or moving. Some cat breeds are more susceptible to panting episodes due to their lower tolerance for heat. These breeds include Maine Coons, Himalayans, Persians, and others.
There are also many cases in which cat panting would be abnormal. These scenarios include if they are panting and:
Monitor your cat for any additional symptoms such as:
These symptoms indicate that your cat could be experiencing heatstroke.
What To Do If Your Cat Has Heat Stroke
Overheating is a common cause of cat panting. However, overheating can eventually lead to heatstroke, which occurs when the cat’s body can no longer regulate its body temperature. If you notice your cat suffering from heatstroke, follow these steps:
What to Remember
While cat panting is fairly common it is important to remember warning signs of abnormal panting and to call your vet.
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