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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2008, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Heavy Breathing? *Urgent please help*

My 13 y/o male cat(neutered) has been breathing pretty hard in the past month or so. He has been acting completely normal other than this and Im really getting worried(I read something online about congestive heart failure). Are there any tests I can do at home before I take him to the vet? Or is this something different? Here is a video of him breathing:


He was purring a little but it is pretty much the same whether he purrs or not. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2008, 09:15 PM
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Re: Heavy Breathing? *Urgent please help*

I don't think there is anything you can do from home. I think your cat needs to go to the vet. Good luck I hope you figure out what it is.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2008, 09:17 PM
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Re: Heavy Breathing? *Urgent please help*

I couldn't hear any unusual respiratory sounds. So your main concern is the abdomen moving in and out excessively, correct? If that's something new, then it's a good idea to go to the vet. There are no tests you can do at home. Your cat looked kind of heavy. Maybe it's something as simple as that. I doubt if it's really urgent; your cat didn't seem to be in distress, and you said the behavior was normal. Please let us know what you find out.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2008, 09:25 PM
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Re: Heavy Breathing? *Urgent please help*

I couldn't tell what you were trying to demonstrate on the video (too choppy over dial-up). All I can suggest is that if you believe your cat is breathing in a labored manner, he should be seen by a vet. Open-mouth breathing is considered a veterinary emergency, so if you see your cat doing that, get him to a vet immediately.

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