Does your cat have noisy breathing, snoring, and difficulty sleeping? There’s a reasonable chance it’s a Persian, Himalayan, or Burmese, or at least a cat who has one or more of those types of cats in her genetic makeup. Such breeds often have faces with a pushed-in look, and that could be a sign that the nostrils and windpipe are too narrow and the head too short. The upshot: It’s difficult for the cat to breathe easily.
Fortunately, most cats with this problem — called brachycephalic airway syndrome — do not require medical intervention. But for cats who really struggle to get enough air, a surgery can be performed to widen the nostrils by removing a little bit of tissue from their edges. That, in turn, allows more air to pass though.
Another, less invasive approach: If your cat is overweight, put her on a weight management plan. Having extra pounds makes the problem worse.