2001-Fri Oct 19 16:04:01 EDT 2018
Vetstreet. All rights reserved. Powered by Brightspot.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
Who can resist YouTube videos of kittens snoring? It may not be so cute, however, when it’s 4 a.m. and your cat sounds like a ripsaw on the pillow next to you.
Snoring in cats, while not as common as in dogs, is usually caused by some kind of partial obstruction in the upper airway. The low-pitched sound, called stertor, usually results from soft tissue or fluid interfering with the smooth passage of air through the nose or throat.
As in people, it may be just positional and relatively harmless, but in some cases, snoring may indicate a medical problem.
Like their smooshy-nosed canine counterparts, flat-faced cat breeds such as Persians and Himalayans are often predisposed to brachycephalic airway syndrome. In other words, that adorable facial conformation usually doesn’t come without some kind of respiratory compromise.
That means their nostrils may be narrower than usual, or their soft palates extend a little too far, to name just a few of the potential problems. While this may make for nothing more than some nocturnal snuffling, in severe cases, surgery may be necessary to help your cat breathe easier.
Of course, obesity in cats can also exacerbate any existing respiratory problems, so there’s another reason to keep your kitty on the lean side.
If the snoring isn’t posing a real problem for your cat, nothing more needs to be done. But, if your cat is having difficulty breathing and is trying to compensate through open-mouth breathing or extending his head and neck straight out, get to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Other signs that something may be amiss include nasal discharge (from one or both nostrils), facial swelling, sneezing, coughing or a change in voice.
Typically, your veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination and recommend X-rays to try to localize the problem. If your cat is stable, your veterinarian may also suggest sedation or anesthesia to examine the nose and throat more closely.
In addition to brachycephalic airway syndrome, other possible causes of snoring include:
The treatment will depend on the underlying cause. Thankfully, in most cases, snoring in cats is relatively harmless and may require nothing more than an investment in a nice pair of earplugs — for you.
More on Vetstreet:
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
Bartonella is a type bacteria that can be transmitted to cats, dogs and humans from exposure to infected fleas and…
Want to give your pup yummy, low-calorie treats? We’ve got the skinny on which foods are OK to feed him.
Not sure about food puzzles? Our veterinarian reveals why the payoff for your pet is well worth any extra work.
With these simple dental care tips, you can help keep your canine’s adorable smile shiny and healthy for life.
The friendly and inquisitive LaPerm has an easy-care coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
Check out our collection of more than 250 videos about pet training, animal behavior, dog and cat breeds and more.
Wonder which dog or cat best fits your lifestyle? Our new tool will narrow down more than 300 breeds for you.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.