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Cat with high respiratory rate. What could this be?
A higher than normal breathing rate in a cat can be the result of many underlying causes. Some of the underlying causes of this might be:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease ie pneumonia
- Low blood oxygen
- Pulmonary embolism
A high breathing rate should always be investigated as it has the potential to be life threatening, and a hands-on examination from your local vet, as soon as possible would be a great place to start.
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