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 Post subject: Cat panting?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:00 pm 
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Me and the boyfriend have been feeding two (seeming to be) stray cats in the neighborhood for the past 6 months. They usually stop by everyday for breakfast and dinner, sometimes they will sit by the front door for majority of the day. two sweetest cats. We asked my boyfriends father if he would be interested in them, since his cat has passed some time ago and he has a soft spot for cats. He said he would be. We plan to take them to the vet to get them their shots, scan for chip, etc within the next couple weeks now that we've found them an indoor home.

Well, I came home today and one of the cats was panting pretty heavy. Its still pretty hot right now, the weather wont cool off until November. but I have never seen him pant before, and we've had hotter days. Does anyone else see their cats pant, do you think it may be normal to pant when outside? I immediately went in and got him a cool bowl of water, and some wet food. he wasn't interested in the water, but he was in the wet food of course. He was in a good mood for the most part aswell: meowing and rolling around on his belly. I opened my garage door so he can roam in there too if he wanted to cool off. I would probably let them inside if my tabby girl didn't hate them so much! any other suggestions for what I can do for this little guy? Or if you think this might be normal for being outside?

Basil pants on his way to the vet sometimes, but I know that is caused from stress. I don't think the stray kitty was stressed in that moment though.

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 Post subject: Re: Cat panting?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:07 pm 
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Raiden will pant when we're out on our walks and the temps are in the high 80's. As long as the panting stops once the cat comes inside and is cooled off. If you're planning on taking the kitties to the vet, they can answer any questions you have. How great of you to take care of them.


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 Post subject: Re: Cat panting?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:50 am 
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If you feel it was just due to the very hot day and once cool he stopped panting, then it is probably normal, but panting may also be a sign of heart or lung disease.
The fact he ate normally is a good sign too, but if you find later he is panting and it isn't warm, or he goes off his food or seems lethargic or his exercise tolerance is poor, then I would take him immediately to the vet for a check up.

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