A cat that pants all the time..

United States
July 9, 2011 10:56am CST
Have you ever had a cat that panted a lot, like a dog? Well I do. He's a big fluff ball of a cat, so I assume he's panting because he's over heated. He didn't start the panting until it started getting warmer outside. Now adays he pants almost all the time. We have an air conditioner in the living room, so I try to keep it rather cool in the house, not only for the cat but for the rest of us as well, though this doesn't seem to stop the cat from panting. I'm starting to wonder if I should be concerned about the amount of panting this cat does. I know some panting is normal since cats and dogs don't sweat.. but how much panting is too much? Would you be concerned?
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
9 Jul 11
Yes this condition is not natural! Cats don't pant in a natural state. Your cat is grossly overweight, and his life span will be severally affected. Cats, like dogs eat once a day (in a natural state) or whenever they make a kill. Feed your cat once a day, and allow it to eat all it will, then take the remaining food away until the same time next day. Eventually your cat will regain its health and stop panting.
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• United States
9 Jul 11
No the cat is not overweight.. he has a lot of fur.
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
9 Jul 11
I would think you probably have nothing to worry about. When my dogs are panting I turn on a floor fan and let them lay in front of it. I've also heard of people taking their cats to groomers to get trimmed. My mother in law trims her cat just to cut down on too much hair in her house.
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• United States
10 Jul 11
I do need to groom him.. he's getting matted already.
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9 Jul 11
Unless it's really warm outside, it's not normal to pant a lot. Cats (and dogs) have a naturally higher body temperature so it has to be pretty warm to get them to pant. And if he's doing it with the aircon on, there's probably another problem. Not to be confused with the flehman thing, where a cat looks like it's panting but is actually taking a good gulp of air because there's a funky smell around and it wants to investigate better. Make sure there's enough fresh water out at all times. Get him checked out by a vet - it may be something simple like being overweight. It could be the fur thing, as the other response suggested. He could be stressed by something. Personally, I'd get him looked at. I'd rather spend a bit of cash to be sure he's OK than worry about it all the time.
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• United States
9 Jul 11
It's definitely not the flehman thing, and he's not overweight, he's perfect size for a cat.. just very fluffy. Most of the time he does it after running around like crazy.. but sometimes he just does it for no reason. His sister (littermates) doesn't pant at all, but she's not a long hair like he is.
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
9 Jul 11
I would say have the cat grommed. He/she may have way too much hair which can keep them from cooling down. If he/she is constantly panting, then they can't cool down properally. If they have to long or to thick hair, it can prevent their skin from breathing. Like if you wore layers in the middle of the summer. The AC is good, but apparently not enough. Try putting ice cubes in the water bowl too. We do that to ensure our cats happyness, though none of them are long hair. Try brushing him/her too. If none of thease work, consult a vet for some advise on how to best help your cat. Because there could be other problems causing him or her not to be able to cool down properally. Because, it has been my experence that cats do well in cool homes as long as there isn't too much foot traffic.
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• United States
10 Jul 11
Thanks for the advise, I do need to get him groomed because he is starting to get matted already.
@smacksman (6074)
9 Jul 11
I would be very concerned. Please check him with a vet as soon as you can. Panting in animals can be as a result of pain when it is obvious that it is not panting because of exertion.
• United States
10 Jul 11
Other than the panting he's acting normal and still playful and eating well and sleeping well. I have no concerns about his health aside from the panting, which is usually a result of exertion or heat.
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@smacksman (6074)
10 Jul 11
Phew! That's a blessing then. Sorry if I alarmed you.
@margeryann (1853)
• United States
10 Jul 11
I think I've heard you before say that you have dogs. I have had cats that were so close to the dog they acted like the dog. Is the cat close to the dog. Maybe he is imitating your dogs.Hopefully that is what it is.
• United States
10 Jul 11
No, I don't have dogs.. just the 2 cats.
@Hatley (164736)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Jul 11
hi katsmeow I think maybe your fluff ball needs s ome shearing so at to let her skin breathe a little. I am told that long haired cats need some grooming in the hot weather days. good luck and God bless.
• United States
10 Jul 11
I've had long haired cats before and never had this problem.. but perhaps because he's a black cat and absorbs the heat more.. I will try grooming him and hope it helps.
12 Jul 11
I have always owned dogs so I am not that in the know about cats but, I don't recall seeing many of the cats my auntie had panting that much! x
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
10 Jul 11
I have never had a cat because my son was allergic to them..but my dog would pant when he was hot....and I did worry when it was really hot out as he had difficulty breathing...but I don't know how they are different so can't really help you out!
@sanjay91422 (2728)
• India
10 Jul 11
I don't have a cat with me but I think if your cat is an aged one then it can be due to age also. I saw a aged cat doing the same. I asked the owner and they said that he is aged enough now so it is normal. I don't have the pets because I am not sure if I can take enough care of them. I will be have one once I am sure that I can take the full care of them.
@melanie652 (2526)
• United States
10 Jul 11
I would be concerned. I'd suggest you take him to the vet and get him checked out. That panting could mean he has a heart problem or a respiratory problem. He definitely needs to see a vet! A cat panting is usually a sign of a problem. They just don't pant like a dog unless something is wrong.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
10 Jul 11
For me yes it is god to have cat like that it is like a true stop toy's.