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Is it normal for a cat to snore?

Saturday, February 23, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

My older cat Mollie, snores all the time. Sometimes it does concern me but is snoring for cats normal? Snoring occurs when  the nose, back of the mouth (the so-called pharynx), or throat — vibrate audibly during breathing. This occurs during sleep when the tissues of the upper airways are relaxed. Persians are one breed that is most likely to snore. Humans have bred them to have shorter noses.

In some cases, snoring can be a result of a health problem. The most common problem that leads to snoring is obesity. Excess body weight leads to fat accumulation in the tissues surrounding the upper airways, which in turn can trigger snoring. This phenomenon is quite common in people as well as cats and dogs.

Cats with a respiratory infection can also develop snoring because of the mucus buildup in the airways. There are also other medical conditions that also lead to snoring. When in doubt, consult your vet.

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