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Scottish Fold: sweet..very healthy..heavily out of his nose

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I have a beautiful and sweet 9 mo. old Scottish Fold cat. He has been very healthy for his entire kitten-hood (thus far), but has recently started to breathe out heavily out of his nose, especially after activity. He also sometimes snores while he sleeps (very lightly). Also, after a hard play session last week, he opened his mouth like he was having trouble breathing and then plopped over on his side to rest. If you have any insight on my question I’d appreciate it if you’d share it. Thanks.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.


This is concerning. Obviously two areas need to be looked at the pulmonary system and cardiac system...and they work hand in hand.  With the respiratory system they need to look at upper and lower areas, but snoring is usually due to an elongated soft palate...which your vet can visualizes with mild sedation. There is surgery to correct this and would be the first thing I would have checked. The soft palate lays further down the throat and can inhibit air flow.  If the vet does not find a problem there...the larynx needs to be examined...and then the chest (xrays).  The heart is evaluated with the xray as well to start, but that may require more tests like an ECG.

I do think the first exam should be the soft palate.

Let me know if you have further questions.


Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Vamvakias's Post: Dr. V-

Thank you so much for your response. I just got home from the Vet with Beckham. She said it could be a upper respiratory infection, a heart problem, or a sinus blockage (from a growth or cyst). I also spoke to Beck's breeder, who is also a Vet, and she seemed to think that I should start him on an antibiotic (Zithromax) right away, but also get an EKG and ultrasound to rule out a problem with his heart.
I am going to share the info that you have given me with both Beck's Vet and breeder. In the meantime, I have scheduled his heart tests for Monday and am starting him on the antibiotic tomorrow.
If the tests show normal heart function and he still isn't improving afterwards, I will definitely look into the soft palate examination. I do worry about having to sedate him, however as you well know that this always carries a risk.

Thanks again, and I would appreciate any feedback you have on my plan of attack for helping my babies.

Expert:  DanaDVM replied 11 years ago.

  Since your breeder is a vet, I would just ask about the elongated soft palate and laryngeal paralysis. He/she should know exactly what I am talking about...or if they feel this is a possible problem.  I do agree about the heart tests...but they are much more $$ than looking into the back of a mouth! It never hurts to ask!


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