Why a cat breathes with an open mouth
Like any other mammal, a cat can sometimes use its mouth to get oxygen. This can occur for physiological reasons. For example, in a stuffy room, an open mouth in a cat is a natural way to lower body temperature. Breathing through the mouth will be the norm, if the animal has received a strong physical exertion. When the cat returns to a state of rest, her state will quickly recover.
Changes in respiration in a pet can be caused by a disruption in the functioning of the respiratory organs or trauma. Any pathology of the upper respiratory tract or lungs can lead to acute oxygen deficiency, and this is a direct threat to life.
The main types of pathologies that cause respiratory failure
Obstruction of the respiratory tract. Foreign bodies, ulcers on the mucous membranes of the mouth or nasopharynx, inflammation of the lips, edema, spasms can interfere with the normal respiratory process.
Congenital abnormalities, genetic diseases.
Chronic diseases. An open mouth in a cat may indicate the presence of disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory, or urinary-genital systems.
Injuries. The primary cause of respiratory failure in a pet can be damage to the chest, diaphragm, brain and spinal cord.
Poisoning or overdose with drugs.
Stress. Moving, the emergence of a new family member, surgery, allergies – are a big emotional shock for the pet and cause severe hypoxia.
Help cat with respiratory pathology
The first thing you need to do the owner – try to establish the cause of the disease. It is necessary to examine the oral cavity for the presence of wounds or foreign bodies, to exclude fractures and other injuries on the body of the pet. The entry of dangerous objects into the nasopharynx is one of the most common causes of respiratory changes in cats. In this case, the owner is able to save his pet by pulling the disturbing object with his fingers or tweezers. If the blockage occurred at the level of the trachea, you need to lift the pet upside down and press sharply on the stomach below the diaphragm. This technique allows you to release the respiratory tract of a cat.
If the cat vomited, you need to study the vomit. This will help identify possible poisoning. When it is impossible to establish and eliminate the factors that worsen the condition of the animal, it must be delivered as soon as possible to the veterinary clinic. For the transport of an animal, it is better to use a special carrier, or a cardboard box with soft bedding. This will help avoid unnecessary stress for your pet.
In the clinic, the doctor will conduct diagnostic procedures to establish the disease, then prescribe treatment. The main task of a loving owner is to be attentive to the health of their pets, not to neglect the alarming symptoms and promptly contact specialists. Then the pet will give a lot of soft, pleasant minutes, accompanied by a cozy rumble.