cat-pill2With this post, I come to the end of my five-post series on helping you decide whether you might need the help of a vet. If you’ve just got here, you can catch up here, here, and here.

So here you go…

Breathe in, breathe out

If your kitty is not eating regularly or is showing signs of lethargy or other maladies that can be cause of concern, you can also study his or her breathing patterns. A good time to do this is when he is sleeping.

How many breaths does he take in a minute; regular respiratory rate is 20 to 30 breaths a minute.

Have you noticed if your cat is panting? As a rule, your cat will not pant–unless he might have been frightened or if having a bad dream. On the other hand if your kitty is gasping for breath, or is loudly making noises, or is taking in shallow breaths, get your vet on the phone right then and there.

I’ve gotten up sometimes during the night and have been unsure if one or the other of the Boys is still breathing; if this happens to you, you can check that with a mirror in front of his nose or mouth, or even a tissue!

Follow along here over time and you’ll be able to catch some more tips along these lines.

Yours in your kitty’s best interest,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Your little one might like to have something like this to play with: FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy

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Note: These tips are for your consideration. If at any time you think something is out of the ordinary health-wise for your kitty, your veterinarian is just a telephone call away.