Do cats snore?

Cats are sleeping experts. Cats would sleep soundly in any kind of condition. Guess what a cat would do when it is sleeping soundly? The cat would snore!

Not all cat parents would hear the pet snore. The pet may simply be one of the non-snoring cats or the pet may be sleeping away from the owners so that even if it snores, it would not be heard. Moreover, cats do not snore as loudly as humans do. Snoring humans can be very irritating especially if the sound is preventing other people from sleeping. The snoring of the cat is kind of cute. Not all cats are heard snoring thus instead of being irritated, most owners would be amused.

Snoring in cats is pretty much the same as snoring in humans although as mentioned, cat snore would not be as loud as human snore. The snoring sound is produced only when we breathe. It is believed that the sound is produced from the vibration of the respiratory tract. The air that is drawn into the respiratory tract causes the tissues on the throat or on the nasal passage to vibrate. How snore is produced is rather puzzling. While awake, humans breathe and pass air through the same airways but the snoring sound is not produced. Scientists have an explanation for this. When a person sleeps, the tissues in the throat are fully relaxed and therefore would practically fill the air passage. As the air passage is made narrower, friction occurs when air is drawn in…this causes the snore. Snore is not produced during the day or when a person is awake because the tissues on the throat are not fully relaxed.

Although cats snore, snoring in these feline friends is not a common occurrence. As such, pet parents that hear the pet snoring would wonder if something is amiss. Does the cat have an underlying health condition? Is the snoring an indication that the pet needs medical attention? Snoring in cats is normal. We know how cats love to sleep. Just like humans, cats go through the REM and Non-REM stages of sleep. In the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) stage, the cat would make sudden movements like twitching of the paws and eye movements. Snoring is most likely to happen in the non-REM stage of sleep where the cat is most relaxed. Some conditions predispose cats to snoring. Cats that tend to snore more are those with flat faces and short noses. Snoring is more common in overweight cats too.

Apart from being a sign of the cat’s deep sleep, snoring can also be a sign that all is not well with the cat’s health. Respiratory infection is usually the cause of snoring that is accompanied with sneezing and nasal discharge. Snoring is an indication of the pet’s nasal congestion. A cat with tumor or polyp can snore loudly. Heavy breathing and coughing are other signs that the pet has this condition. Pet parents would know that the cat has an underlying disease as it would snore even if it is awake. Snoring can be an indication of the cat’s allergic reaction. Allergens would cause constriction of the cat’s nasal passage so that it would snore when air is drawn in.

Cats purr but snoring is not an ordinary occurrence in these pets. A cat owner that has heard the pet snoring for the first time would be surprised. Generally, snoring in cats is normal. Pet parents though must look out for other signs as snoring can be an indication that the pet has an underlying health concern.

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