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Panting cats

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Dante, Apr 7, 2011.


  1. Dante

    Dante PetForums VIP

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    This could be completely normal but never having had my own cats until now I wouldnt be sure!

    Occasionally, when the two are really going for it (e.g. completely winding each other up, hightailing around the house) I have noticed Pan panting for a few seconds. This seemed fine to me, after all.. Who doesnt pant after exercise? Although saying that, Schrodinger doesnt.

    I've started to notice it far more often and it will last up to a minute at times now and on occasion he does it when he hasnt even been excessively moving. He has access to fresh water and does drink..

    So am I flapping unnecessarily?
     
  2. Ianthi

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    How old is Pan? When did he last have a vet check? Is he overweight?

    Since panting can be sign of anaemia or heart problems ( very often very treatable with medication ) I would make a vet appointment right away, just in case. Don't wish to alarm you but it's best to treat these things early before things deteriorate.

    Good luck with visit!
     
  3. amszephyr

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    My younger cat, Zanze, went through a short phase of panting after very energetic sessions of playing 'chase the stick' in the garden (he thinks he's a dog) - he was thoroughly checked by the vet and nothing untoward was found.
    I wholeheartedly agree with Ianthi, however, that Pan should be checked over if only to rule out any potential problems.
     
  4. missye87

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    Sooty did pant, as he had high blood pressure due to his CRF. Lucily the vets caught it so earlyhis levels were barely above the normal values, so he reckons he has loads of lives yet to go through, although he is on daily tablets now :)
    He is 15 though!
     
  5. Dante

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    Thanks for the replies.

    He's 13 months old and 4.8kg, he's the bigger of the two but they both eat exactly the same. He's bigger in general though, so doesn't appear overweight to me and the vets have never had any concern in that department.

    He was in the vets just over a week ago for an unrelated matter, but they check his heart everytime they go in and he was found to be okay. Same the month before for their year old check over.

    Suspected it might not be good news :(
     
  6. Doolally

    Doolally PetForums Senior

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    Panting is never normal in cats. They can and do pant if they're highly stressed, or have over-exerted themselves exercise wise, but panting when they've not done excessive amounts of exercise is not normal.

    I noticed my Boycat panted when I got Da Bird. He was/is an ex stud cat so although loved and cared for before I got him he'd never played like he did with Da Bird so it had never been noticed.
    I work with some cardiology specialist vets, so I had a work up done on him, initially they thought it was an outflow obstruction to the heart, but further tests showed he had asthma. He's got an inhaler, and a course of antibiotics and oral steroids improved his lung function, so now it's just something I'm aware of, and I make sure he is fit with regular exercise but never let him over do it.

    Definitely worth getting it checked out, it doesn't have to be all bad news, but if I had left my Boycat he could have got much much worse with irreparable damage, so I'm glad I got him checked, and it actually thoroughly worked up with heart scans and xrays as the vet couldn't hear anything just listening to his chest
     
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    All of my cats and all the cats at rescue pant after playing with da bird or a toy like that, so after alot of exercise it is normal.
     
  8. tyrole

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    Max pants and has just been diagnosed with asthma.
    Does your cat cough or wheeze?
     
  9. Chez87

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    My boy was panting today after running lengths up and down the garden, it was obviously very warm aswell. Is that normal?
     
  10. Gem16

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    Don't worry too much, i can tell you all of my cats do it after long bouts of exercise and when it's warm even more so. They certainly have never had any problems. I think it is only of concern when you see a cat panting even though their not exerting themself. :)
     
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