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Cat Snore – Should you be worried?

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Janet Johns
Cat Snore – Should you be worried?

They may be among natures best hunters, but It’s no secret our feline companions love to sleep.

What you may not expect is those super loud noises coming from ‘Kitty’s’ little nose as she naps.

So, why do cats snore and should you be concerned as an owner?

Why Does my Cat Snore – Should you be worried?

Like humans, cats also have sleep cycles and a rapid eye movement phase (REM). 

Throughout this phase of sleep, you may see twitching whiskers, “running” feet and jerking facial muscles.

They also have a non-REM phase where the cat’s body goes into a deeper sleep and they are fully relaxed. Generally, this is when you will hear your cat snore.

If your ‘kitty’ only snores occasionally, there is probably nothing to be concerned about.

Even if your cat has always been a snorer and there are no signs of illness, it may not be a medical concern.

So, why does my cat snore? There are several reasons, such as:

  • Your cat may be sleeping in an odd position, which they tend to do, leading to temporary snoring.
  • Cats who are overweight have a higher tendency to snore, the added weight puts pressure on their nasal passages causing them to snore. While this may not be an immediate health concern, obesity can cause health issues. Cat health insurance can cover visits to your vet and treatments for obesity.
  • Brachycephalic cat breeds tend to snore more than other cats. These cats have flatter faces, such as Persians, and with their shortened nasal passages and elongated soft palates it can lead to the cat snoring loudly.

When you should be concerned when your Cat Snores

Cat snoring is generally not a problem, however there may be times when it could indicate the presence of a medical issue. If you notice any of the following signs accompanying your cat’s snores, it is imperative you make an appointment with your vet. Cat insurance plans like at Healthy Paws Review cover all vet visits.

  • A decreased appetite and feeling lethargic, these are always a sure sign of illness in cats and should be checked out immediately with your vet.
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose, sneezing, or sores on the nose are all indications of an upper respiratory infection, it may be the case, your cat is snoring because of mucous in the nasal passage.
  • Noises which sound like your cat is snoring while awake, such as, snorting the air quickly, wheezing or a high-pitched noise when your cat is breathing in or out. These are all signs of a respiratory infection which may be causing your cats snoring.
  • If your cat is sitting with the neck extended and breathing rapidly this indicates laboured breathing, you should seek professional medical help immediately.

Listening to your cat snore as it sleeps should not cause any concern and is even quite cute! However, it is always worthwhile to keep an eye out for symptoms as outlined above, ensuring happy cat napping.