My Cat Keeps Snoring – Should I Call the Vet?

We know you love your feline friends as much as we do. That’s why when something’s off, you’re the first to notice. Snoring, for instance, can seem cute at first but can sometimes make you wonder, “Should I call the vet?” Today, we’re exploring the world of cat snores. Sit tight and let’s explore what it means and what steps you should consider taking next.



What Causes Cats to Snore?

You might think snoring is only a human problem, but our four-legged companions can saw logs too! Snoring happens when the airway gets partially blocked, creating vibrations that make that unmistakable sound. There are many reasons why your cat might be snoring, ranging from a simple deep sleep position to potential health concerns.

Sleep Position

Sometimes a snore is just a snore. Cats are experts at finding strange and seemingly uncomfortable positions to sleep in. These positions can cause your cat to snore occasionally, and that’s usually no reason to worry.


Just like in humans, obesity can cause snoring in cats. Extra tissue around the throat and neck can block airways, causing your cat to snore. If you’ve noticed your cat putting on a few extra pounds, it might be time to consult the vet for a diet plan.

Breed-Specific Factors

Brachycephalic breeds, like Persians, are more prone to snoring because of their flat faces and shorter air passages. Knowing your cat’s breed can offer some insights into their snoring habits.

When Should I Be Concerned?

Snoring every once in a while is usually nothing to stress over. However, there are some signs that it might be time to book an appointment at Heart + Paw.

  • Changes in Sleeping Patterns: Cats love their beauty sleep, but if your feline friend has been sleeping more than usual or less comfortably, snoring could be a sign of an underlying issue.
  • New or Increased Snoring: If your cat has started snoring suddenly or the snoring has become more frequent or louder, it’s a good idea to consult a vet. These could be symptoms of respiratory issues or other health concerns.
  • Other Symptoms Accompany Snoring: Look out for other symptoms like wheezing, coughing, or difficulty breathing. If you observe any of these along with snoring, it’s crucial to get a veterinary opinion ASAP.

Consult Heart + Paw for Expert Care

If you’re concerned about your cat’s snoring, it’s always better to be safe and consult a professional. Our Heart + Paw locations offer top-notch care for your furry friend, from routine check-ups to specialized treatments.

So there you have it, folks! While occasional snoring in cats isn’t usually a red flag, it’s essential to keep an eye on any changes or additional symptoms. As always, if you’re concerned, it’s best to consult a veterinarian. Book an appointment at any of our Heart + Paw locations for a comprehensive check-up.

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