Cats Snoring: Normal or Abnormal?

Is it normal for cats to snore?

It's not a secret: cats love to sleep. They do it often, and they do it well. Sometimes you may hear your sweet little kitty making sleeping sounds that are reminiscent of a distant chainsaw. It may get you to wondering: is snoring normal in cats?

When Is Cat Snoring (Probably) Harmless?

Cats have sleep cycles like humans do. They have a rapid eye movement (REM) phase, where you may see twitching whiskers, "running" feet, and jerking facial muscles. Cats also have a deeper, non-REM phase of sleep, where they are fully-relaxed. This is the time when many people will hear their cat snoring.

If you only hear your cat snoring once in a while, there is probably nothing to be concerned about. If it happens all the time, but your cat has always done it and it isn't accompanied by any other signs of illness, it is probably not a medical concern. Below are examples of some cats that may snore often:

When Is Cat Snoring a Concern?

Snoring in cats is generally not a problem, but there are times when it could indicate the presence of a medical issue. If you notice any of the following signs accompanying your cat's snores, make an appointment with a veterinarian right away:

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

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

Here's an especially adorable kitty with a super cute snore:

Cat snoring can be cute!

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