In a sleep partner, snoring can be an irritating characteristic. But in a cat, snoring can be pretty cute sometimes. Occasional snoring in a feline is often harmless. Just like in people, snoring in cats can sometimes be caused by the sleep position they happen to be in. In other cats, a tendency to snore is just part of the breed’s characteristics. Persians, for instance, are a brachycephalic breed. This means they have shortened nasal passages that contribute to snoring. However, snoring can sometimes be indicative of an underlying health problem, so be sure to discuss your cat’s sleeping habits with your veterinarian.
Overweight and Obesity
There are a lot of health problems that can develop when a cat is overweight or obese. Carrying around a few extra pounds might also cause your cat to snore. This is because the excess fatty tissues place pressure on the tissues around the upper airway. It’s just one more reason why overweight cats should be encouraged to lose weight. Before putting your cat on a diet, take him or her to the vet to ask for dietary modification recommendations. In addition, you can encourage your cat to get more exercise through play.
Sometimes, cats may develop nasopharyngeal polyps. Polyps are benign (non-cancerous) masses that typically begin in the middle ear and spread to the Eustachian tube. Eventually, the cavity at the back of the throat may become partially obstructed. This can cause snoring. Typically, vets recommend surgical removal of polyps.
It’s possible for cats to develop asthma, which can cause symptoms like noisy breathing and snoring. Please note that if your cat appears to have difficulty breathing, he or she requires emergency medical care. If your cat is diagnosed with asthma, the veterinarian may recommend ongoing medications to manage this chronic condition.
For all of your pets’ medical needs, you can turn to the trusted team at Horizon Animal Hospital. Our compassionate veterinarians and vet technicians treat every animal like family. Schedule your next appointment for your cat or dog at our office in Scottsdale by calling (480) 800-4559.