Q. My cat starts to breathe fast for no reason when he starts to go to sleep. Is there a way to figure out what's wrong?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. If your cat has been having breathing problems, it is best to contact your local veterinarian for a wellness exam. Your vet can help determine if there is a cause to the changes in breathing, and if there is a medical reason for it. Even if there isn't a cause found, knowing that there isn't something more serious happening can provide some peace of mind.
If your cat begins to have trouble breathing, however, such as open-mouthed panting, or blue tongue or gums, it can indicate a serious medical emergency that should be brought to the attention of your vet or ER clinic immediately.