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is cat just cold or is his breathing odd?
toriree posted:
About 5 weeks ago, I had one of my long haired very matted cats shaved. I realize it was a cold time of year to shave him, but he was not comfortable at all. Afterwards, I could see him shiver-or at least that is what I thought I was seeing. Lately I have noticed that his breathing is a little odd. I don't know if it how he always was and I just didn't' notice with all the hair, or if he is in fact still shivering. It is like he takes a breath and then a short little breath right after. Like a reaction to being cold. He doesn't seem to be cold except occasionally. I am trying my best to keep him warm--even crocheted a little sweater for him
If I could watch a video of a hairless or very short haired cat's breathing I could determine which it is. Does anyone have such a video they could share?
He does not seem to have any illness factors that I can tell.
I tried to watch my other 2 cats breathing, but it is hard to tell with all their hair.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
You're right - you can really notice a cat's breathing after they're shaved, so it may be normal. But breathing issues can be very serious as it means they're having trouble getting enough oxygen. So, just to be safe, you should ask your veterinarian to take a look at him and listen to his chest, especially if he's coughing, wheezing, panting, or listless. It also helps to count his respirations when he's relaxed and resting. Normal is about 25 breaths per minute. This is difficult to do accurately at your veterinarian's office, so they'll appreciate the information.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
toriree replied to Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP's response:
Thank you-
He isn't coughing, wheezing, panting or listless, that is why I wonder if it is just his normal breathing.
I will try count respiration to see if it is in the normal range and then call the vet.


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