If your partner, roommate, or pet snores, you probably think it’s either annoying or cute depending on the volume, butthe science of snoring is fascinating. The upper airway consists of cartilaginous structures, many of which lack significant muscular support. During the day, when mammals are upright and active, the pathway stays open. But at night when the muscles relax, those cartilaginous structures partially collapse and shrink the air passages.
Air turbulence in thehypotonic airways creates the snoring sound you hear.
The science of snoring is the same for cats as it is for humans. Thus, the reasons we snore are similar.
Sometimes,cats make snoring noises when they are awake. Astertor is a low-pitched noise, and it can sound like a snore. Astridor is a high-pitched tone you sometimes hear during cat respiration. Andwheezing is the sound that occurs in the lungs while your cat is breathing.
A cat’s loud daytime breathing may indicate asthma or another medical problem. If your cat makes peculiar noises while breathing, it might be time to consult your veterinarian.
If you have any concern about your cat’s breathing, ask the vet. For sure, you’ll want to keep an eye out for nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing, and sores. Often, it’s a respiratory infection that a course of antibiotics will clear up. Snoring could be a sign of something serious, however, like a polyp or a tumor in the nasal passages.
Don’t ignore snoring, but don’t panic either since most cat snoring is normal.
Once your vet has ruled out a medical condition, enjoy all the cuteness. If your cat indulges in an occasional gentle snore, why not take a video?Cat snoring videos are popular on YouTube. Gentle snores can be one of the benefits of loving a cat.
If you want to give your cat a treat that will either perk him up or put him to sleep, consider catnip.
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