Cat Breathing Heavily While Resting? (5 Reasons Why!)

breathing issues are unfortunately very

common in cats this is especially true

for senior cats when these issues arise

they must be met with close monitoring

and professional examination and care

because senior felines naturally lack

the proper immune health to fight off

various forms of infection and illness

they can succumb to breathing

difficulties far more easily than

compared to their younger and healthier

counterparts this is yet another reason

why heavy breathing while resting should

never be ignored or dismissed if there

is a quote unquote rule number one it's

that cat should never have labored

breathing while resting or sleeping it

is critical to note that breathing

issues are a secondary symptom getting

to the root cause of the issue is the

objective this is why professional care

is so important the sooner you get your

cat to event

the sooner proper diagnosis can be

established and the proper treatment

provided never attempt to self diagnose

your cat's medical concerns especially

something as serious as difficulty

breathing once you notice the issue

monitor it and then act accordingly

waiting days to take your cat to the vet

can prove dire in this video we will

detail five of the most common reasons

that cause labored and heavy breathing

as well as the critical symptoms that

you should always look for

before we begin to explore each specific

cause it's important to remember that

every root health concern that has led

to your cats labored breathing is

serious while some are certainly more

critical than others it's vital to treat

all conditions with proper respect

laboured breathing is not normal so

while the conditions may vary in terms

of severity

each ailment must be addressed in a

timely manner in no particular order

the most notable health issues that can

trigger heavy and labored breathing are

as follows airway diseases conditions

such as pulmonary edema feline asthma

and pneumonia can make it difficult for

your cat to breathe with ease limiting

your cat's oxygen supply these diseases

can make it difficult for your cat to

not only breathe but to perform basic

tasks pulmonary edema

for example can cause fluid to build up

within your cat's lungs this condition

can prove dire if not treated

accordingly this is especially true for

senior cats noted as a secondary

condition to a much greater issue

pulmonary edema

is often lead to heart failure cancer or

another disease that has greatly

compromised the health of your cat's

immune system upper respiratory

infection regarded as one of the primary

causes of heavy and labored breathing

most every feline will develop some form

of upper respiratory infection in their


however infections of this nature can be

quite difficult for senior cats because

older cats lack the proper immune health

and physical stamina to fight off most

infections eliminating the congestion

caused by an upper respiratory infection

is critical the sooner the better

senior felines are not equipped to

combat infections on their own so they

certainly need our help in addition to

heavy breathing the symptoms associated

with upper respiratory infection may

include sneezing coughing or hacking

discharge from the eyes snorting the

sound of nasal congestion and discharge

from the nose it becomes vital to

monitor your cat closely if these

symptoms are present as things can take

a turn for the worse if your cat is

already in failing health has a

pre-existing condition or is of senior

status if severe lethargy and lack of

food or water consumption develop and

you should take your cat to the vet as

soon as possible

pleural effusion fluid that builds up

outside of the centralized area of the

lungs within what is known as the

pleural space is called pleural effusion

causing the lungs to no longer inflate

properly pleural effusion can cause

shortness of breath which results in

heavy and labored breathing

unfortunately as more fluid accumulates

the more difficulty your cat will have

intense breathing even while resting is

common health conditions and diseases

such as cancer congestive heart failure

and a chest infection can produce

pleural effusion obesity if your cat is

slightly overweight or has been expertly

classified as obese

labored breathing could be a prominent

issue this is notably true for senior

cats because elderly felines often deal

with joint and muzzle discomfort the

days of playing and running around have

long since vanished in fact basic tasks

can even become a thing of yesteryear in

severe cases if your cat has been

grounded due to failing mobility this

can lead to obesity many times obesity

has very little to do with your cats

eating habits but rather a case of your

cat simply doing less inactivity

sometimes due to old age and immobility

is often the root cause behind the

entire condition the best way to deal

with heavy breathing that is a byproduct

of obesity is to adopt dietary changes

with the help of a professional

even if over feeding and lack of

exercise is not the issue certain subtle

changes can still allow your cat to stay

on the right side of nutrition while

also shedding a few pounds it's all

about proper balance and this is where

your vet can help you immensely

physical trauma impacting cats of all

life stages physical trauma from a fall

and altercation or in some cases an

assault from a malicious individual can

cause great harm to your feline

depending on the injuries heavy or

labored breathing can be the result in

respect to senior cats trauma can come

from a lack of mobility moreso a lack of


if you're elderly cat attempts to jump

on your sofa and comes up a bit short

the fall to the floor can be costly no

longer able to contort its body properly

to escape danger your cat could suffer

greatly sadly this is not too much

unlike an elderly person who sustains a

fall in most cases physical trauma that

results in breathing difficulty is the

result of a chest injury if you discover

a flesh wound on the chest or feel

swelling your cat needs immediate

medical attention while heavy breathing

independently and void of other issues

is not a major concern if it's a

one-time experience prolonged heavy

breathing especially when met with other

symptoms can be a sign of a serious

issue some common symptoms of labored

breathing include changes in breathing

pace although heavy breathing can be

worrisome breathing that changes pace is

a sign that your cat is struggling for

oxygen slow fast aggressive no breathing

fast slow fast all of these signs are

troublesome as they indicate that your

cat is trying everything possible to

breathe these symptoms can also be

viewed as forceful breathing if

breathing is not only labored but also

bordering on voluntary then your cat

could be in a dire circumstance

crouching punching down similar to a

person bending over or putting their

hands on their knees or hips is a sign

of trouble especially if this action is

in combination with changes in breathing

pace it is not uncommon for cats to


down and lean forward with an extended

neck in an attempt to breathe loss of

appetite the consumption of food

requires a momentary blockage of oxygen

at least partially as it relates to

normal breathing if your can is already

struggling to breathe then food in the

mouth can almost act as a form of

suffocation have you ever had a

stopped-up nose and try to consume a

large amount of food between the chewing

and swallowing it can feel like you're

at the bottom of a swimming pool this is

not unlike what your cat experiences if

your cat has stopped eating this is

likely a deliberate act as a means to

conserve as much energy and oxygen as

possible lethargy perpetual lethargy can

often accompany labored breathing this

symptom not only involves a general lack

of activity and interest but in some

cases a failure to acknowledge you or

even respond in any capacity if your cat

is so weak that it fails to move and

engage in any standard of positive

living you should seek medical attention

immediately as this points to a much

larger issue than just labored breathing

alone disease and severe illness can

render your cat virtually lifeless when

things become dire hiding often working

in tandem with lethargy it is common for

your cat to go into hiding when

breathing difficulties and illness are

ruling the day some examples of hiding

can include your cat sleeping and

relaxing in places it has never cared

for in the past your cat comes out of

hiding only to use the bathroom and then

returns to the same hiding location your

cat starts to use the bathroom near or

at the hiding location rather than the

litter box and finally your cat makes a

deliberate attempt not to be found or

seen some examples may include hiding

under the table or under your sofa blue

or purple gums heavy and labored

breathing can also give way to blue and

or purple gums if your cat is struggling

for oxygen discoloration of the gums in

this fashion

is a sign that your cat's minimal oxygen

needs are not being met this symptom is

very serious and it goes far beyond mere

laboured breathing and general heavy

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in this video as well as a host of

information that was not discussed

questions and concerns regarding

diagnosis and treatment of labored

breathing the normal breathing pace for

a cat

the breathing habits of young healthy

cats the breathing habits of senior cats

and how anxiety and stress can impact

your cat's breathing are each detailed

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