Tuesday 15 September 2009
Here's a video of an interesting case that came in this evening - a cat with rapid breathing, also known as "tachypnoea". Watching the rate of breathing is one of the simple observations that you can make on a pet cat at home. Breathing should be barely noticeable, slow and shallow - around 20 - 30 per minute. This cat breathes at around 60 per minute, probably due to a benign thyroid tumour producing too much thyroid hormone, which causes heart complications. We're awaiting blood test results, but she's quite contented and comfortable in the meantime.