How To Check Your Cat’s Respiratory Rate

First step is to observe the movement of your cat’s chest or abdomen. To get the respiratory rate, count the number of movements that take place in sixty seconds. You don’t want to attempt doing this if your cat is excited or hot because the rate will be abnormally high. For a cat at rest, the respiratory rate is about 20 to 30 breaths per minute. If your cat is breathing rapidly, this can indicate pain, shock, disease, or dehydration. If your cat has been engaged in strenuous physical activity than panting is normal. Panting that appears labored or if your cat is restless can be an indication of a serious medical condition such as heatstroke.

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