Q. What could be the cause of my 6 month old male kitten getting shortness of breath while playing for short periods of time?

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A. Upper respiratory illnesses, feline asthma and other heart/lung related issues may all cause shortness of breath or exercise intolerance after a play session. Cats can pant some after playing hard, but will often return to normal quickly after doing so. If your kitten is actively panting, gasping for air or his gums/tongue turn pale or blue after playing, it may indicate a more serious issue. Bringing him into the vet for a checkup and alerting the vet to this issue is best so that an underlying cause can be found.

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