Our little furball buddies are grade A sleepers, there’s no doubt about that. Nothing can stop a cat from having a nap, anytime or anywhere. They’ll leave whatever they’re doing, and drop to have their short break.
The problem is, for some, once their cat starts sleeping, the loud snoring begins. While some may find it cute, others get concerned about their feline pal’s health. Especially since snoring is less likely to happen for cats than dogs.
So without further ado, in this article, we’ll tackle this concern so you can figure when cat snores are OK and when they’re not (and what you can do about them).
Why Is My Cat Snoring?
- Uncomfortable sleeping positions
- Aging and genetic variations
- Dry air
- Bacterial and viral infections
- Swallowing foreign objects
- Tumors and polyps
The Reason Behind This Behavior
First of all, you need to be less anxious about snoring, as most of the time cat snores aren’t a sign for a real issue, and fixing the problem can be surprisingly easy.
If you notice any of the following on your cat, it probably means that there’s nothing to worry about.
Your Cat Sleeps in Weird Positions
We’ve all seen it, cats are just curious animals who’ll do whatever they want whenever they want.
For creatures that walk on the beat of their drum, it’s not surprising that they’ll also pick the weirdest and most awkward sleeping positions sometimes.
Just like us humans, when cats sleep in an uncomfortable or inconvenient position, their respiratory airways gets partially blocked. Consequently, they’ll start snoring loudly.
You’ll be able to tell when snores are coming due to sleeping position because it isn’t a perpetual action that happens every day.
If you don’t want your cat snoring and a sleeping position is the cause, you can try moving him or her into another position. Just don’t expect your cat to appreciate the wake up.
Your Cat Is Aging
When cats get older, just like all other living creatures, they start losing muscle mass and accumulate fat instead, they become weaker.
This weakness can sometimes translate to breathing difficulties during the day and loud snoring during the night.
There isn’t much you can do about this.
Your Cat Is from Brachycephalic Species
Some cat species with flat faces such as Persians, Himalayans, and British Shorthair Scottish Folds have some characteristic facial features, including longer palates, and shorter nasal tunnel.
These features can cause some breathing difficulties for the cats, and these are more expressed when they’re sleeping. In this case, snoring is purely due to genetic reasons and is unsolvable.
Your Cat Is Overweight
Thanks to modern-day societies, with all the junk food offered to cats, domestic cats are becoming overweight and sometimes hit the obesity mark.
While this problem can lead to a series of serious health issues, including heart problems and shortening the cat’s lifespan, it can also lead to respiratory difficulties.
The additional amount of fat deposited on the cat’s neck can put a lot of strain and pressure on the cat’s respiratory airways. This causes snoring and breathing difficulties no matter the species or how old the cat is.
We recommend trying to help your cat get some exercise and putting him or her on a cat food for weight loss.
Your Cat Has Allergies
Just as allergies can cause nasal blockage for us, they can do this for cats too. Cats have a smaller nasal passage, and the problem seems even harder for them.
You can check out our list of best cat food for allergies. Like in humans, allergies often solve themselves over time or once an allergen is removed.
Your House Has Dry Air
High humidity has some negative effects and can be annoying. However, dry air also can cause some issues, mostly respiratory, on cats.
Dry air makes air harder to breathe, which causes enough reactions to lead your cat to start snoring in a try to catch more air. In that case, you need to modify the house’s humidity to a good range of 15-40%
A good humidifier should do the trick.
Your Cat Swallowed a Foreign Object
Again with the cat’s spontaneous and exploring nature. It always leads them to trouble. If your cat swallows something hard or a tiny toy, this can sometimes cause breathing difficulties that vary accordingly.
If the swallowed bit was some food or grass, it’s usually normal, and the cat sleeps silently in a day or two with no worries. Even so, I’d recommend a vet visit if you think your cat swallowed something harmful. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Your Cat Has a Bacterial or Fungal Infection
Some viral and bacterial infections can block the respiratory airways and cause breathing difficulties such as cat flu. This is known by the medical term Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR).
Viral Feline Herpesvirus Type 1 causes an infection that targets all species of cats, big or small. It causes congestion to the eyes and nose with occasional nasal obstructions.
Snoring due to Feline infection is always unique and can be identified easily, as snores will always come with a characteristic wheezing cough. It’s best to schedule a trip to the vet for this one.
Your Cat Has a Tumour Growth
Finally, this can be the saddest reason for the snores, and the most concerning one too. If the cat has some kind of tumor, polyp, unidentified growth, or cancer in certain areas around the neck, this can also increase the stress on the respiratory tract in cats, causing snoring.
Such snores usually occur out of the blue, feel painful, and with significant growth around the cat’s neck.
If you notice any of these features, then you should immediately refer to the vet for it to be surgically removed. After the operation, snoring will go away instantly.
Is Cat Snores a Sign for Something Dangerous?
Cat snores are usually due to basic reasons, which you shouldn’t be worried about. This can be even more acceptable if they’re due to genetic or aging reasons, or your cats have always been snoring this way since day one.
Moreover, if you’ve noticed that your cat started snoring recently, but you can’t see any other problems arising with it, this can also be a green flag.
When to Consider a Vet and When to Try and Fix it Myself?
As long as your cat doesn’t need to breathe through their open mouths, or stretch their necks for easier airflow, snoring should be no problem.
Apart from genetics and age, fixing your cat’s sleeping position, exercising and reducing meal frequency, and controlling house humidity can often get rid of the snoring issue.
However, if you notice a recently introduced snoring issue, especially if it’s accompanied by other warning signs like swelling, discharges, or painful breathing, that means it’s time to pay the vet a visit.
Medical issues can be solved just by regular vet check-ups.
As you can see, cat snores aren’t a huge deal and can be solved easily according to the reason causing it.
For the majority of reasons, it’s always something normal that’ll either go away on its own or can be treated by small modifications in the cat’s lifestyle with proper and regular check-ups needed.