As a general rule cats do not pant, as they sweat through their paws. Having had cats most of my life I have never seen one of our cats pant.
It is said that cats pant when they are ill or when they are stressed out. Once in awhile, a cat will play hard and pant from the exertion, as will mother cats after giving birth.
Heat stroke is another cause for a cat to pant; though cats in general are smart enough not to put themselves into a position to get heatstroke, unless they are locked in a place (like a car) where they cannot get out.
Should you feel that your cat is suffering from heatstroke the best thing to do is wrap it in a cool damp towel and get it to the vet at once. Heatstroke can be fatal and quick. If you cannot get to the vet at once, cool the cat down with water from a hose. Cool water and not ice cold water is to be used.
Cats usually breathe nice quiet breaths, at an even keel, panting causes rapid breathing, usually the mouth is open, the breaths are shallow as very little air is being exchanged deep inside the cat's lungs.
What are some of the other things that can cause panting?
These are just a few things that will cause a cat to pant and will require attention by your vet.
If you cat is panting excessively do not hesitate to make that phone call to your vet.
Along with panting look for signs of:
These are all serious signs that you should take your cat to the vet as soon as possible.
Our job as a pet parent is to keep out pets healthy and a phone call to your vet may save your cat's life and ease your mind.
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