It’s very common for humans to snore. Most of us experience this event. But have you ever heard of cats snoring during sleep? Have you ever wondered if this is possible or what do cats snore sounds like? Is it similar to us humans that is very likely loud or quiet? Are you even aware that your furry friend snores as well?
The answer is yes. Some cats snore but some are not. Cats that do this behavior does not always apply all the time. Is snoring normal for cats? It depends on the current condition of your feline friend and what type of snoring does your cat make. There is a snoring occurrence that is just fine while there are cases that could be related to health condition.
Why Do Cats Snore?
Snoring occur in cats for the following reasons:
- The nose could be blocked or there is an obstruction at the back of the mouth
- Vibration in the upper airways of the lungs create a sound of a snore
Although there could be a possible sign of congestion in the cat’s airway, it could be either serious or not. The following basis affects the blockage of the airway as follows:
- The sleeping positions. If the cat is sleeping on their back, it could possibly block the airway creating an unnecessary sound. There are certain sleeping positions that can cause snoring
- Age. Due to aging, the throat gets slimmer which also creates a sound of a snore. This also happens in humans
- The gender. Although it is not proven yet in cats. For humans, women are most likely to experience snoring since the throat is narrower than males
- Certain breed. Short-nosed breeds like the Persian cats are more likely to snore
- Overweight. Fatty tissue develops in the airways that could eventually create snoring. If you have an overweight cat, it’s time to make some lifestyle change and start a diet plan. These include stop giving treats all the time and avoid feeding your cat many times. Work on implementing weight loss
- Stuffy Nose. Clearly, if the cat has a mucus or a runny nose, it could contribute to snoring. In this case, have your friend examined by a vet to solve this issue. Another thing to worry about is the sinus congestion related to fungal or bacterial infection. Although the fungal infection is rare for cats, it could be serious so never presume that your cat does not need any help and will eventually get better on their own even if it appears to be a simple cold problem. If there are any signs of the sinus infection, take your furry friend immediately to the vet.
- Tumors or Cancer. Cat snoring could be related to cancer or tumors creating a blockage in the airway
- Asthma. Snoring can also be related to asthma. This condition needs to be solved as soon as possible
- Allergies are one of the few factors to consider
Although your cat may have snoring episodes, you can be self-assured that everything is fine if:
- Only snores when sleeping
- The snoring is little and very light
- No difficulty of breathing when snoring
- No other signs of illnesses like colds, wheezing, allergic reaction and loss of appetite
Immediately take your cat to the vet with the following condition:
- Snoring is accompanied by a wheezing sound
- The snoring sound is heavy and too loud than normal
- The snoring is erratic. It could be sometimes loud and quiet
- Difficulty in breathing is noticeable when snoring
- Snoring is accompanied by coughing and sneezing
- Loss of appetite
- A sudden change of voice
- Inflammation of the face
- Snoring even when awake
If you notice that your cat has a difficulty of breathing by means of extending the head in an upright position to catch for oxygen, take him to the vet right away. It could be an emergency case related to respiratory distress.
How to Treat the Snoring?
Treating the snoring episodes depend on the reasons. There is a medical treatment that can help your cat stop snoring in cases of tumor, polyps or foreign object stuck on the throat. The vet can eventually resolve these issues and remove them.
Just like in humans, diet and losing weight are essential to prevent snoring. According to some experts, there are lots of overweight cases in cats so it’s better to make sure your cat is eating the right amount of food and getting enough exercise daily.
For the non-medical solution, a humidifier can help resolve the problem. Put it where your cat usually stays or sleeps. Sometimes a dry air can cause snoring just like in humans so adding a little moisture to the air and surrounding areas can be helpful in getting a quiet sleep at night.
Overall, if your cat is happy active and healthy, there is no need to worry about snoring. It could be a normal event for them.
Although snoring is not that serious matter in cats, you cannot tell whether it’s a symptom of a medical condition or not. It’s always best to assess their behavior and talk to your vet about it.