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kitten panting when running around. help!!!

post #1 of 13
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We just noticed our 7 month old kitten panting after running around like a crazy cat after the laser pointer. He didn't seem tired, He just started panting, but still wanted to play. Can anyone tell me what this might be a sign of? We thought earlier in his life that we noticed him wheezing a bit.

Thanks. Rebecca
post #2 of 13
does he stop soon after play is over??? My Zoey pants while all rilled up and then settles down, her vet said it is normal
post #3 of 13
It means you are tiring him out with the laser point, so just slack off a bit. If he continues open mouth panting long after he has rested, he could have asthma or a heart problem- but more than likely you just ran him ragged after his toy
post #4 of 13
I would deffinatly take him to a vet to have his heart listened to. My cat has a severe heart murmur and would exhibit what they call a cardiac cough. Usually she would start out by weezing and then would begin to 'cough' which sounded like really loud weezing not really like a cough. If you've already taken him to a vet then they probably would have heard it if it was serious enough to cause the symptoms you described. My cat will also pant while tierd and will lay down to play with her toys instead of standing up and running around when she's tierd.
post #5 of 13
I got a new toy for my kitties last weekend and Hope loves it and will do all kinds of flips in the air for it. In the last week when playing iwth the toy she also has started panting and breathing heavily while we are playing. I got pretty concerned too. Maybe it is just over exertion but I haven't seen my other kitties do this. She usually takes a break then starts playing again. My ohter kitties aren't as acrobatic as she is either htough...
post #6 of 13
My Cleo pants when we play with the Cat Dancer. It seems to be a combination of the cardio workout of playing with that particular toy, and the way she gets all excited about it. She LOVES that thing. If she starts panting I give her time to rest before playing with her again.
post #7 of 13
I've never seen my kitties pant. They obviousely don't get hyped up enough. Lol.
post #8 of 13
My Lucy pants everyonce in a while when she plays with a toy she just loves. Your kitty probably just got a workout from it and just needed to get a quick rest before playing again.
post #9 of 13
it is a norm for a kitten (10mths n below) to be a lil bit hyper. with all the energy gush out, this lil fellows need to 'recuperate'. so panting is basicly normal but u need to observe how soon he is catching his breath. usually a 5mins panting shud be norm...

but some kittens wud juz be so active that they dun bother to catch their breath properly. u can put him in a cage n wait for him to relax n then let him out...
post #10 of 13
Our Rusty would sometimes cough and lay on his belly with his legs sticking out all over with his mouth hanging open after tearing around. I took him in to get checked over when he got his shots and the vet said his heart sounded good but to watch him.

That was a few months ago, he is about 1 year old now and getting to be a big kitty but I have not seen him have a hard time getting his breath in a long time now. Maybe now that he is older he is a little more calm, but he still tears around like he always did. We also went from cheap cat food to Nutro indoor, maybe that has helped in some way.

He is a nice kitty who is kinda shy but get him near some catnip and he is totaly the oposite. Any other cats come near his catnip and he runs them off so its all for him lol.
post #11 of 13
Seth-chan gets worked up all the time over her toys and pants. If she gets too excited, I try to tone down the playsession a little bit
post #12 of 13
If he stops doing it after a while, you're just tuckering him out. I do this with Napolean usually before bed, play with him until he's panting a little and really tired. Then I let him cool down, and we go to bed. It realy makes for an all night good sleep.
post #13 of 13
Alfie has done this a couple of times too, he gets really energetic about a toy and leaps around like a loon, then lays down panting. I just leave him to cool off for a while before playing again.
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