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My cat seems to have trouble breathing. Makes a sound like snoring, on and off. No fever. Temperature slightly lower than normal. Good appetite for a while but not lately. Week and not good balance.
Was treated with antibiotics by first vet and antihistaminic by second vet. No improvement.

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Hi Josefina,

It can be seen that your cat has been treated for an infection and allergy.A blood picture may be useful to assess the present state.
Discharge from the eyes or nose, sneezing, or sores on the nose may all be indications of an upper respiratory infection. In this case, your cat may be snoring because of mucous in the nasal passages.If its allergy,try to find and isolate what it is that your cat is allergic to and then either remove the offending substance from your home or keep it out of your pet's way.

Just like in human beings, weight issues can cause breathing problems in cats.If so,change to a more healthy diet will help your cat to lose weight which may be the cause of the snoring problem. Brachycephalic cat breeds snore more than other cats. These are cats with flatter faces, such as Persians. Their shortened nasal passages and elongated soft palates can lead to noisy sleeping.

There are some noises that sound like snoring while your cat is awake:
Stertor: This is a low-pitches noise that sounds like a snore.
Stridor: This is a high-pitched noise that can occur when your cat is either breathing in or breathing out.
Wheezing: This is a high-pitched noise that occurs in the lungs during respiration.
Snorting: this is a quick inspiration of air that occurs in the nose.
Coughing
Sitting with the neck extended and breathing rapidly: your cat should be seen by a veterinarian immediately if you see this behavior, as it indicates labored breathing.
Breathing with the mouth open (panting) is abnormal in cats and should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

The above signs may indicate that one of the following conditions is present:

Upper respiratory infection
Feline asthma: this causes swelling of the tissues in the cat's lung passages. It may be     secondary to allergies, parasites, obesity, or heart disease.
Polyp or tumor in the nasal passages or sinuses
Severe dental disease
Heart disease

Most of the time, cat snoring is harmless.But be aware of the signs that it is something more, and get your cat to the veterinarian right away.  

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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