OK, I have seen a lot of people say that their cats pant for reasons such as aggressive play, stress, excitement, fear. I have also seen a lot of responses saying that open mouth breathing is always a bad sign, not normal, and a health concern. I have a 5 month old kitty that, when running around aggressively after a laser pointer or feather toy will become out of breath, breathe heavily, and eventually start panting. At his routine physical they said his heart sounded normal. He recovers within a few minutes and I have not noticed him panting when not playing. I worry about him, still. Is it OK for a cat to get out of breath in these conditions and pant? Do cats get winded and pant?
on Oct 15th 2008
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They absolutely DO get out of breath with playing. Momma talked to the Dr Guy about it and he said it was normal after HEAVY playing that they might be a little out of breath.
I happen to have the onset of asthma, and that is part of the reason that I pant so hard after playing. But Momma makes me relax if I get too crazy and start panting really hard.
We are kittens and we go kinda crazy sometimes and don't know when to stop playing. I'm 6 months old and I still don't know when to stop.
Momma is a little over protective and so she asked for a chest x ray anyway, that is how we found the slight thickening of my bronchi. When the Dr Guy listened to my chest everything sounds normal.
Panting can be a sign of a problem with the heart or the lungs tho. If you are concerned, have your vet do an x ray just to rule anything out (this is what Momma was doing).
Shai Ming answered on 10/15/08. Helpful? / 3
if he ONLY pants after really heavy play I'd assume he's okay.
I've moved with Bella twice and in response to the new place she always spends a night stress panting on my bed. Its scary to see, but I know that its just an extreme response to the stress.
Bella (In Loving Memory) answered on 10/20/08. Helpful? / 0