Anyone who has ever been a cat parent probably has heard a multitude of sounds coming from their furbaby. Some cat parents may have heard a snoring sound coming from their furbaby.
Just like in humans, snoring occurs when the upper airway passages vibrate and make noise during breathing. The snoring occurs when the upper airway tissues are relaxed while sleeping.
Cat breeds that are more likely to be snorers include short-nosed cats and Persian cats.
While the noise may be fascinating and cute, snoring in cats could signify a health problem. The most common health problem that can lead to snoring is a weight problem. If your cat is overweight or obese, excess body fat can accumulate on the tissues that surround your cat's airways, thus producing the snoring.
If your cat has an upper respiratory infection, they might develop a snoring habit. The congestion of mucus buildup in the airways could produce snoring in your furbaby.
If your cat is an outdoor cat, foreign objects, such as grass blades, could accidentally become lodged in the back of their nose or mouth, blocking their airways.
If your cat does snore, it's best to get he or she checked out by your vet. It doesn't hurt to err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to our furbabies.
Photo is of my cat, Patches.