Now in regards ***** ***** parameters you checked for me, I assure you that pink gums are good. We would be quite worried if they had been pale/whit, since that is a sign of severe anemia (low red blood cell levels), poor oxygen uptake, or possible heart issues. That said, I am concerned to see that she is breathing as quickly as she is. This is because a resting breathing rate for out cats tends to be ~20-30 bpm. So, as you can see 48 is quite elevated and we'd have to be concerned that she may be in the early stages of one of those aforementioned issues and is having to breath quicker to keep her gums pink and her oxygen levels up.
With this finding and the signs you have reported, it will be diseases of the heart or lungs that would top our list of concerns. These can include heart disease related to age but also pneumonia, lungworm/heartworm
, bronchitis, lung tumors, and asthma. Issues affecting either of these organs can potentially cause a soft throat clearing type cough and both could cause the breathing changes we have seen. Just to note, upper respiratory infections
could also potentially play a role, but she doesn't sound to have any other signs suggesting these as a cause.
Therefore, with all this in mind, I do feel that if she has not seen her vet for these signs specifically, that it would be advisable to do so. It is not an emergency at this stage but something we'd want to have seen sooner. Her vet can listen to her heart/lungs +/- xray to see what is triggering her signs. Depending on which issue is found, they can advise you on medical management to help her breathe better and reduce her cough.
Please take care,