is it ok if my cat snores

Is cat snoring normal, and when should I be worried? Snoring in cats is not at all unusual, and generally nothing to worry about! It’s not necessary to see a vet about your cat snoring, unless there are other concerning symptoms, or their breathing seems to have changed significantly.

How To Treat Snoring in Cats

You can help your cat stop snoring in a few different ways, depending on what’s causing it. Your veterinarian can remove any polyps, tumors, or foreign objects that are the cause.

Losing weight can also help some cats stop snoring. “It’s important to take into account that many cats are overweight,” Jones says. Thus, make sure Kitty is getting enough exercise and isn’t overeating.

There are also non-medical solutions. For instance, think about placing a humidifier close to your cat’s favorite sleeping spot. Cats are susceptible to the same effects of extremely dry air as people are, so it might help to add a little moisture to the environment to help them get a good night’s sleep.

Generally, try not to worry too much if your cat is content, playful, eating well, and her snoring isn’t new. It may just be another one of her quirks.

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Head Structure

Many breeds of cats, such as Persian, Burmese, and Himalayan cats, are affected by brachycephalic syndrome, which causes these cats to snore more frequently. The word “brachycephalic” is derived from the words “brachy,” which means shortened, and “cephalic,” which means head. Brachycephalic cats have shorter skull bones, which results in a pushed-in appearance for the nose and face. Many of these cats will develop breathing issues, including snoring, as a result of having too much soft tissue in their airways.

Why Does My Cat Snore?

There are all sorts of reasons why a cat snores. Here are some of the most common.

Certain breeds—namely the ones with flattened facial features, like Persians—are much more likely to snore due to the shape of their heads.

“These brachycephalic cats have shortened bones in their face and nose, which makes them more prone to snoring,” explains Dr. Bruce Kornreich, associate director of the Cornell Feline Health Center and cardiologist at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Clinical Sciences. “They also may have smaller nostrils that restrict breathing.”

Furthermore, brachycephalic cats may have additional physical characteristics that contribute to snoring, such as an elongated soft palate that may partially obstruct the windpipe’s entrance. Because of this, air finds it more difficult to flow through, which may cause cats to breathe strangely.

Like with people, certain cat sleeping positions precipitate snoring. So, if your cat shifts around and all of a sudden lets out a loud snore, it could just be that she’s angled her head and neck in a way that restricts airflow and causes her to sputter.

Snoring could also be related to existing medical conditions. “If you have a cat that suffers from upper respiratory infections or chronic nasal inflammation or rhinitis, it’s likely that cat will be a snorer,” says Dr. Andrea Jones, a veterinarian at the New Jersey-based Princeton Animal Hospital & Carnegie Cat Clinic.

Blockages in the nasal canal, such as polyps or tumors, could be another reason. Snoring can even be brought on by foreign objects, such as a grass blade lodged in the nasal cavity.

Overweight cats are also more likely to snore because excess fat can occur in the tissues surrounding the upper airway, including the back of the throat and neck.

FAQ

Should I be worried that my cat snores?

Although snoring can be normal for your cat, it’s important to know when to be concerned. Contact your veterinarian if your cat suddenly starts snoring, their snoring becomes louder, or they’re experiencing other symptoms along with snoring such as sneezing, coughing, and changes in appetite or behavior.

Is it normal for cats to sleep all day?

Sleeping is a normal cat behavior, and most cats can sleep for up to 18 hours or more a day. While napping is a part of every cat’s daily routine, it can indicate a health problem when accompanied by other symptoms. Cats typically nap because they’re bored, sick, or attempting to conserve energy.

Do overweight cats snore?

Cats that are overweight or that have flat faces and short noses are more likely to snore than others. This is called brachycephalic airway syndrome and turns up sometimes in breeds such as Persians or Himalayans. It is harmless. However, in some cases snoring can be a sign of problems.

Do cats get bothered by snoring?

Cats are sensitive to scents and sounds and can be attuned to a certain person’s snores, odors, etc. Your scent may be another way to make your pet feel connected to you, and therefore safer. The sound of breathing has a lull to it that can also be soothing to your furry friend.