Do cats pant like dogs?

Panting is not as common in cats as it is in dogs. A cat owner would seldom see the pet pant. Dogs usually pant when the weather is hot. Panting is the dog’s way of normalizing body temperature. Cats pant like dogs too. Like dogs, cats would pant too when exposed to very hot temperatures. Panting in cats though is commonly due to fear, anxiety or pain. The panting of a cat can also be due to an underlying health concern.

When a dog pants, it would stick out its tongue and breathe heavily. A panting dog can take up to 200 shallow breaths per minute. Saliva will profusely drip from the dogs tongue. The most common reason why a dog pants is to regulate core body temperature. Being highly energetic animals, dogs would not mind very hot temperatures as long as they can expend their excess energies. Strenuous exercises especially during hot weather will make a dog pant. Cats are not very energetic animals. Cats, unlike dogs, are not inclined to run. These feline friends sure do love the warmth of the sun. In fact, cats are commonly seen sleeping on the roof or on the window sill where they can get the most sunlight. Cats though are level headed animals. When it gets too hot, they will look for a cooler spot to sleep. Both cats and dogs have very few sweat glands. A cat that was trapped inside a car may get heatstroke. Heatstroke is one reason why a cat would pant. However, unlike dogs, regulating body temperature is not the most common reason why cats pant.

A cat’s normal breathing should be smooth and even. Cats pant when in pain or when exited or stressed. A frightened cat would pant. What situations would scare a cat? Cats are generally afraid of dogs. Cats would pant when chased by dogs not only because of the exertion but also because of fear. Cats are afraid of water. Bathing would also make the cat pant. When a cat is bathed, the fear of water causes a nerve to triggers panting. Stress and pain would make a cat pant. An injured pet overwhelmed by pain would pant. Panting is also noticed in cats that are giving birth. The rapid breathing and the rapid heartbeats can be resolved simply by removing the cat from the situations that causes stress and fear.

Panting in cats can signify an underlying health concern. Fever would make a cat pant. When body temperature rises, the fevered animal would pant to dissipate the elevated temperature of the body. An obstruction of the nasal passage caused by a congested nose or by polyps would make a cat pant and breathe through the mouth. Poisoning is another reason why cats pant. Although poisoning is not very common in cats because these animals are discrete eaters, some pets would still ingest poisonous substances. Aside from panting, the poisoned cat would also have bluish gums. A cat that pants may have an underlying medical condition. Panting is one of the symptoms of neurologic disorders. Rapid but shallow breathing occurs if the cat has had head trauma or has a brain tumor. Pulmonary embolism will make a cat pant. Panting can be a symptom of a hematologic disorder. Panting in cats may or may not be a cause for concern. Cat owners would immediately notice when the pet pants because this is not a normal behavior of cats. To be on the safe side, a cat owner has to ensure that the panting pet is given medical attention.

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