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Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. There can be a few reasons for abnormal breathing sounds in cats. If there is a wheezing and/or coughing sound, then asthma or some other lung inflammatory disease, such as heartworms or lung worms, are very possible. If this is more of a snoring or a high pitched sound, then there is usually something something blocking the airways. With her age, a tumor in the nasal cavity, throat or windpipe are very possible. Foreign body obstructions, tracheal collapse, fluid buildup around the throat or voice box, granulomatous lesions, a polyp and excessive tissue overgrowth are all possible. Either way you look at it, there is usually a big concern when this is happening with an elderly cat. Your vet may be able to get a good enough look into her throat or listen to her lungs to determine what may be going on, but an x-ray of the chest or throat may be necessary. In many cases, even if it is decided to not try to get a definitive diagnosis but just see if you can get her feeling better, they may be able to prescribe a couple of medications to help with the breathing. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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