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Bird sounds for cats
When my cat’s eyes turn bright red and he starts to pant, it’s because he’s having a sound attack. He won’t be still or do anything other than make the sound, and he’ll sometimes make it until he can’t breathe.
These sounds are common in small cats and can sometimes be life-threatening. There are several types of these attacks that I’ve experienced with cats.
This is the most common and what I’ve experienced most often. A cat will start panting, make a high-pitched sound that’s more like a screech, and then stop panting and his eyes turn bright red.
Some cats will make a low-pitched purring noise while others will make a very loud sound (as loud as a cat whistle). A cat’s stress and pain level depends on the sound intensity and how much he can’t breathe.
Cats often pant and screech because their hearts are beating fast. Their breathing is restricted, which makes it harder for their hearts to pump enough oxygen to the rest of their body.
The combination of panting, screeching, and the inability to breathe is stressful for a cat. They can’t help their condition and will try to calm themselves by breathing more deeply. Cats do this to conserve oxygen because they don’t like the feeling of being out of oxygen and can’t sense how close to death they are.
A cat that pant-screech-stop pant-screech-stop will eventually run out of oxygen and pass out. He’ll stop breathing and if he doesn’t pass out within 15 minutes, he’ll die. This is an example of what’s known as a sound attack.
Sound attacks are usually caused by high stress, but sometimes can be caused by a urinary tract infection, ear infection, or a blocked catheter.
If a cat is in pain, it’s not going to attack. I’ve seen a cat try to stop panting by pressing her paw against her nose, and I’ve seen her try to press her paw into the air conditioning vent to stop her screeching.
When you see a cat attack, you need to figure out why. There’s no sense in making the attack worse by trying to stop it with your hands. You also don’t want to try to take away the cat’s pain with medication.
First, identify the cat’s source of pain. Is it an injury? A urinary tract infection? Is he in pain because he has a cold? Are his ears infected or blocked with wax?
If the cat’s source of pain isn’t obvious, consider other potential reasons for the attack. Did the cat just have surgery and you didn’t see him in recovery? Was he just spayed or neutered?
Is the cat getting older? Does he have chronic pain because he’s over a year old? These are all things that can make a cat attack.
When you know why a cat is attacking, you can start working on a solution. When I have an attack at home, I try to hold the cat, rub his belly, and sing to him as long as I can to make him stop. I try to work on making the attack less painful by petting him.
I have a couple tricks I use to prevent sound attacks. One is to start a feeding schedule that will help the cat have a full tummy so he won’t pant and screech.
Another trick is to give the cat a place to rest when he attacks. When a cat stops panting, she’ll often rest her head on your thigh. If you give her a place to sit, she won’t be able to attack because she can’t pant and she won’t attack when she’s not panting.
Some cats attack for a few seconds and then stop. Others attack for a few minutes and then stop. I’ve also seen cats attack for two to four hours.
In cases where I’m in the apartment, I make sure to keep my cat safe in her room. If I go to work, I’ll make sure I leave my cat at home so she doesn’t wander the apartment.
The best way to make sure you’re safe during an attack is to be prepared. When you’re working on a problem and hear something, check to make sure it’s not a cat attack.
When you start to suspect a sound attack, check the cat’s eyes and nose, check to see if he’s panting, and check his breathing to see if he’s still breathing. Make sure you’re calm. You don’t want to get involved in a cat attack.
If the cat’s breathing isn’t normal, it could be a sign of a medical condition. If the cat isn’t breathing and is panting, it could be a sign of shock, or it could be because he’s having a heart attack or seizure.
If your cat starts to attack, you need to stop what you’re doing and get to the vet or emergency clinic.
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