According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), heart disease in cats affects 1 out of every 10 cats worldwide. Heart disease is a condition in which an abnormality of the heart is present. Most feline heart disorders are acquired during the course of an animal’s life, but others are present at birth. Heart disease in cats can be either congenital or acquired.
Signs of heart disease in cats include:
- difficulty/rapid breathing,
- exercise intolerance,
- and collapsing episodes.
Cats very rarely cough as a result of heart disease. The normal resting respiratory rate for cats is between 15 and 30 breaths per minute. Respiratory rates above 35 breaths per minute in either species should prompt consultation with a veterinarian. Follow this link to learn more about the proper care if you suspect heart disease in your cat https://hubs.ly/H0Hl8Fz0