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How to tell if a cat has flat chest

Pet Knowledge
This article is provided by Veterinarian Dr. Henry Clarke
There are three main ways to determine whether a cat has a flat chest: looking at the shape of the cat's chest, touching the cat's bones, and listening to the cat's normal breathing. First of all, if the shape of the cat’s chest is deformed, then it is most likely to have a flat chest. Secondly, if you feel the cat’s bones and find that its bones develop slowly, it may also be a flat chest. Finally, if your cat’s breathing is irregular and rapid, it may be flat chested. If the above conditions are met, then the cat has a high chance of flat chest. It is recommended to take the cat to the pet hospital for a comprehensive examination as soon as possible and receive early treatment.

1. Look at the shape of the cat’s chest

If a cat’s chest develops normally, it will generally be fully developed, with a round shape and a pink color. But if the cat’s chest shape is abnormal, such as the chest area is deformed, then the cat is likely to have a flat chest. If you are really unsure, you can also take your cat directly to the pet hospital for a X-ray examination.

2. Touch the cat’s bones

The bones of flat-chested cats generally develop slowly, so owners can try to touch the cat’s bones with their hands to feel whether they are developing normally. If you feel that the cat’s chest bones are protruding and flat at the same time, then the cat may also have a flat chest. At this time, it is necessary to take the cat to the pet hospital for treatment in time.

3. Listen to the cat’s usual breathing

The cat’s respiratory rate is an important indicator that reflects the cat’s physiological and pathological state. The normal range of the cat’s respiratory rate is generally 15-45 times per minute. about. Therefore, owners can also listen carefully to the cat’s breathing. If the cat usually breathes irregularly and the breathing rate is too fast, it may also have flat chest.