or Connect
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Health › heavy breathing..
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

heavy breathing..

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Lately when Roxy sees another cat he does this thing where he forces air out of his nose VERY loudly (well very loudly for a cat). Once in a while he does it when another cat is not around, but he'll stand there and look around very alertly and blow out a heavy breath in each direction he looks. Otherwise he acts like nothing is wrong, when he's in the house he's normal and other times when he's outside he's normal also. It could be coincidental that he does this when he sees other cats so I'm just wondering is this some sign of a health problem? He's also gotten in at least one or two cat fights lately, but with the cat he always hangs out with and neither of them did any damage, but I can't understand why suddenly they have all this aggression toward each other. The heavy breathing occurs when this particular cat is around but today when I went to let him in the house from the garage he started doing it when I picked him up, but when we got in the house it was fine. Any thoughts? He's definitely not struggling to breath or anything, it seems like he does it on purpose and only when he breaths out. Its freaking me out a little lol.
post #2 of 5
It sounds like he's just breathing with his mouth open. They have scent glands in thier mouth and they will do this when they smell other cats or something that may smell like another cat.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
OK thanks it's good to know that this is probably normal because although I've had many cats this is the first one that I'm noticing this from. Sometimes he does do it with his mouth open but today his face was maybe 2 inches from mine and it was definitely from his nose, but I'm sure it's the same thing. I guess my new sunless tanner might smell like another cat.. hm. Thanks for the reply now I feel a lot better!
post #4 of 5
I know this post is a few days old, but I wanted to say Orion does this too. We call it his 'play hiss', since he does it when he's rough housing with us. He'll take a look at my hubby, blow air out of his nose, and jump on his hand.

So, it's probably not a big deal at all.
post #5 of 5
Loki does this tooo - it's like a bull before he attacks. Loki does this when he sees another cat outside and when he plays hard.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cat Health
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Health › heavy breathing..