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Exercise Physiology

What is a cat's normal respiratory rate?

What is a cat's normal respiratory rate?

When our cats have just had an active play session, it’s common for them to pant or breathe a little heavier than usual. Do you know what their normal respiratory rate should be? Checking their respiratory rate is as simple as monitoring your resting cat. A cat’s normal respiratory rate is 20 to 40 breaths per minute and the respiratory motion should be smooth, even and unrestrained. When your cat is sleeping or relaxing comfortably, count the number of breaths he or she takes in a 60 second period. It’s a good idea to check your cat repeatedly for an average rate. Respirations can vary and an overall average will be more accurate. Keep in mind that if your cat is...