A video of a cat appearing to snore loudly while snoozing away has gone viral on TikTok, where it had over 978,000 views at the time of writing.
The clip was posted three days ago by Hugo and Khaleesi The Bengals (@purrfectspots), the TikTok account of two Bengal cats.
The footage shows a cat sleeping in the storage area beneath the bathroom sink, as snoring is heard in the background. “So. Loud,” a message across the clip reads, as the feline slightly flinches while continuing to snore.
The cat is later captured snoring while sleeping in another area. A message overlaid on the screen says “Here we go again. Not so loud this time,” before the clip ends.
Is It Normal for Cats to Snore?
If your cat has always snored, they’re “probably OK,” veterinarian Dr. Veronica Higgs noted in an August 2023 article for PetMD.
“If the snoring comes on suddenly or is accompanied by other changes in behavior, it’s time to call the vet,” she said.
Alongside the sudden onset of snoring, owners should take note of any of the following symptoms presented by cats, according to Higgs:
- Heavy breathing
- Open-mouth breathing
What Causes Cats to Snore?
Snoring can be caused by various things, such as a cat’s anatomy.
Some cat breeds may be more prone to snore because of the shape of their heads. “These brachycephalic cats have shortened bones in their face and nose, which makes them more prone to snoring,” explained Dr. Bruce Kornreich, who is the associate director of the Cornell Feline Health Center, in the PetMD article.
Kornreich, who is a board-certified veterinary cardiologist at the department of clinical sciences of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, added: “They also may have smaller nostrils that restrict breathing.”
Snoring can also be the result of a cat’s sleeping position, which may impact their airflow, veterinarian Higgs noted.
Your cat’s snoring can sometimes be a symptom of a medical condition, like an upper respiratory infection or blockages in the nasal passage, such as nasal polyps, a tumor or a foreign object within the nasal cavity.
Felines that are overweight are also more likely to snore due to excess fat in the tissues around the upper airway, including the back of the throat and neck, Higgs explained.
Snoring Like a ‘Middle Aged Dad With 3 Kids’
A caption shared with the latest viral TikTok post reads: “Whose snoring is worse? This cat’s, your dad’s, or your significant other’s?”
According to a later comment by the original poster, the cat in the video has been snoring since he was a kitten.
When user Get A Dog said: “If this is new it’s probably worth a check up at vet,” the original poster replied “And I 100% agree for anyone on here with new onset – this guy has been doing this since he was a kitten (vet says it’s just his anatomy).”
Several TikTok users were in stitches over the cat’s snoring in the latest clip.
Lex wrote: “That cat sounds a lot like a middle aged dad with 3 kids.”
Vampiesdad said the cat appears to be “sleeping like he works 9-5 and then 5-9.”
User lem asked “what is he so tired for,” and Ziamac Trisper wrote: “Bro probably pays all the bills.”
Amy said: “Bengals are loud while awake AND ASLEEP??!?!!!” The original poster replied: “Lmao [laughing my a** off] right!? We never catch a break.”
Newsweek has contacted the original poster for comment via TikTok. This video hasn’t been independently verified.
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