The normal respiratory rate for kittens should be approximately 40-50 exhalations and breaths per minute. However, this indicator is not constant. If the kitten is breathing heavily, this can happen for a variety of reasons. Provoking factors lie in the environment, the internal state of the animal or in violation of its health.
Often, panting in a kitten does not always indicate a disease. Reasons can be harmless:
- Stress caused by various factors. This may be a trip in a vehicle, a medical examination or procedures, moving to an unfamiliar place. Stress sometimes causes contact with strangers or animals.
- Puberty (estrus).
- Excessive physical activity if the kitten was running over during games. Visually visible as the abdomen contracts.
- Fast food.
With stress, you need to help the pet, calming it. In all the other cases listed, the situations are normal, nothing needs to be done, breathing is restored on its own.
A kitten sometimes breathes heavily when the body lacks oxygen. Due to physiological characteristics, animals independently quickly restore the deficit. This can be observed when the kitten sits with its mouth open for a while and breathes like a dog. As soon as the body lacks oxygen, breathing returns to normal.
Another reason when a kitten is breathing heavily is overheating. The heat adversely affects animals and at high temperatures the kitten may die. The language of the animals is designed to help dissipate hot air when inhaling. This helps to avoid overheating. As soon as the animal is in normal conditions, breathing will align to normal automatically.
Diseases in which breathing becomes difficult
The pathological reasons why the kitten began to breathe heavily and often are quite numerous. This is observed against the background of disruption of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. They are detected already in the first months of the animal's life.
The causes of heavy breathing are divided into two groups. The first is pulmonary, due to respiratory diseases. The second group is ventilation. Extrapulmonary pathologies cause such heavy breathing. The main symptoms are an open mouth, a protruding tongue, a rapid contraction of the abdomen.
|What causes?||Specific diseases|
|Pulmonary form||thrombosis caused by a violation of the blood supply;|
tissue degeneration (fibrosis);
swelling of the internal tissues;
pneumonia of all types;
atlectectases of the parenchyma.
|Muscle disorders||Respiration is heavier with poisoning, muscle failure, or rupture of the diaphragm.|
|Disorders of the nervous system||inflammation|
spinal or head injuries;
overdose of drugs;
low blood pressure.
|Chest deformity||Heavy breathing appears due to the ingestion of foreign objects, with the appearance of cancerous tumors and the growth of metastases.|
Respiratory failure can occur in acute, fulminant or chronic form. Panting can occur with pulmonary edema. Rarely, a cold can be the cause. When the nose is blocked, the animal has to breathe through the mouth. Moreover, if there is sputum, it can with a breath thrown back into the throat. Then a characteristic bubbling is heard in him.
If the kitten has panting, the owner cannot say for sure what caused this condition. If the condition of the animal in the short term has not returned to normal, and does not last the first day, then a veterinarian consultation is necessary. Only he can establish the cause and prescribe the correct treatment.