While the hum of a snoring kitty may be adorable, it might not be so cute when you’re trying to sleep and they sound like a chainsaw. Do you ever wonder why does my cat snore? – I’m sure you do! While snoring in cats is less common than in dogs, it’s still considered a normal part of sleep. However, there are instances where your cat’s snoring could be an indication of a larger health issue. Why does your cat snore, and when should you be concerned?
What Causes Snoring in Cats?
Just like in people, snoring in cats is often caused by a partial obstruction in the upper airway. The sound is caused by loose tissue vibrating in the back of the mouth, nose or throat as air passes through. Some breeds with flatter noses, such as Persians, may be more susceptible to snoring due to shorter nasal passages. Breeds that have this physical trait are also known as brachycephalic breeds, and often develop breathing problems. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
Overweight cats are also more likely to snore due to excess fat compressing the upper airway, so it’s important to avoid overfeeding.
Your cat’s sleeping position plays a big role. Cats are flexible creatures that can sleep in some unbelievable positions, some of which will set the sound off. To determine if this is the case, observe your cat and see if the snoring stops when they change positions.
Your cats could be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection. Asthma could also be the culprit. If your kitty shows symptoms of distressed breathing while awake, be sure to take her to the vet.
A foreign object could have lodged itself in your cat’s airway. If snoring isn’t a usual habit for her, consult your vet and they will remove it. It could also be a tumour, so be sure to take action if snoring is abnormal in your cat.
When Should You Take Your Cat to the Vet?
If your cat is a regular snorer, this is likely normal sleeping behaviour. However, if you notice your cat panting, wheezing or breathing with her mouth open, you should take her to the vet immediately. If your cat is coughing or has nasal discharge, this could indicate a more serious problem.
If your cat’s face is swollen, this could be a tooth root abscess. If this is the case, seek treatment immediately as this can be very painful for your kitty. Even something so small as a change in their meow could signal an issue. Cats are masters at hiding their illnesses, so be thorough when looking for signs.
How to Prevent Your Cat from Snoring
First, make sure your cat is healthy. Most snoring happens in elderly or overweight cats. If your cat has either of these characteristics, make sure they get the proper nutrition, exercise, and monitor your cat to ensure she stays healthy. If your cat is healthy, keep your expectations in check. While many cats do snore, not all will. Just like a human snorer can be either vocal or not vocal, it’s not a cause for concern either way. In fact, you may even find this harmless habit endearing. If your kitty still sounds like they’re sawing wood at night, there are a few more steps you can take to help her.
Interactive play is a vital part of a cat’s development. It provides an outlet for your cat’s predatory instincts and prevents boredom. It will also keep your kitty healthy and avoid future health issues. Make sure your cat has a variety of toys to stimulate them. Just like with people, doing the same activities every time will get boring. Keep a variety of different toys around, from ping pong balls to teaser wands and rotate them to keep her more interested in playing. Perches and other spaces to climb will also ensure she stays agile.
Food puzzles are a great way to slow down your cat’s eating, alongside keeping her mentally and physically stimulated. Vet expert Dr Jennifer Coates says, “Puzzle feeders offer great ways to increase the amount of time it takes for pets to consume their meals, while simultaneously providing entertainment, mental stimulation and sometimes physical exercise as well.”
If it’s your kitty’s first time solving a puzzle, start with something simple and gradually introduce more complex ones. There are a variety of different types available to purchase, or you can use some scrap cardboard and make your own!
Regular Visits to the Vets
Annual vet check-ups are very important for cats. Their natural instincts mean they will hide their illnesses, so even the best cat owners may not notice when something’s wrong. Prevention is always better than cure.
Snoring doesn’t necessarily mean that your cat is in pain or otherwise in need of medical care. (On the contrary, the poor little thing probably just has a runny nose.) But if you notice your cat is snoring heavily, your vet may be able to diagnose a more serious health issue. If nothing else, your vet should be able to help your cat snore less.