Cats (Felines)
Cat Behavior

Why does a cat pant?

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2009-01-02 18:15:27

== == == == == == == == I've heard that cats sometimes 'taste'

the air with their tongue to aid their sense of smell. I know my

cats open their mouths if they can smell that someone in the

kitchen is cooking fish or meat, though I've never seen a cat stick

its tongue right out like a dog. I think they're much too proud for

that ;)

Cats do NOT pant in order to lower their body temperature as

dogs do. Cats DO pant if they are very, very frightened. Stroking

the cat usually calms them down, although they might be a bit

defensive. But if the cat keeps panting to where they are

hyperventilating and/or seem to be gasping for air --- if you can

see their belly moving up and down indicating that they are working

hard to breathe --- then its time to get them to a vet, fast!

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