Why does a cat pant?
== == == == == == == == 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
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!