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If your cat is having trouble breathing, many factors from allergies to infection could be causing it. In this article, we’ll look at breathing problems in cats.
How do cats breathe?
Before talking about the causes and solutions for breathing problems, you need to know how cats breathe. In this way, when you observe a strange or different situation, you will be able to notice it more easily and you will be able to act quickly.
Unlike most mammals, cats only breathe through their noses. The respiratory system of cats consists of two separate parts, “lower” and “upper”. So a cat’s mouth is not even a part of the respiratory system.
Watch out for the following symptoms:
- Open-mouth breathing
- Very fast or irregular breathing
- Cough and constant sneezing
- Other symptoms can be listed as feeling down, fever, and runny nose.
If you notice any of these symptoms occurring frequently, you need to act quickly. The best thing you can do is go directly to the vet.
Breathing problems in cats: Causes
There are many factors that affect cats’ breathing. However, the main cause of breathing problems is a health condition called ‘respiratory tract infection complex’. Within this complex are a number of diseases that attack cats’ respiratory tracts. Generally, one of two viruses causes this condition: herpesvirus or calicivirus.
These two viruses attack upper respiratory tract organs such as eyes, nose, mouth, and throat. In addition to breathing problems, it also causes irritation in these areas. Due to irritation, your pet produces more saliva, mucus, and tears to relax. The virus is easily spread to other animals through body fluids.
What should you do if your cat is having trouble breathing?
If you are experiencing any of the situations listed above, the best thing you can do is go directly to a veterinarian you trust. The symptoms mentioned in this article can become serious in a very short time. So the faster you move, the more chances your cat has to recover.
Your veterinarian will take the necessary medical measures depending on the source of the problem. In some cases, you may need to use antibiotics or other special medications. If your cat has asthma, your vet may recommend using an asthma spray.
There is not much you can do except take precautions. However, you will take the necessary precautions by strengthening your cat’s immune system, feeding her a healthy diet, and following all of her vaccinations.