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    Hello,I’m new to the forum. I’ve searched the internet and haven’t been able to find an answer.
    I have a 10 year old tabby and recently acquired a kitten. The tabby runs and plays just as hard as the kitten does. In the past week I’ve noticed Tweety (tabby) has started breathing really strange sometimes when they play together. She will exhale quickly and sharp repeatedly very fast out of her nose. If I let it continue it will last maybe 4 or 5 seconds and then she immediately goes right back to playing. If I talk to her the odd breathing immediately stops, she looks at me and then starts playing again. That leads me to believe that it is some voluntary action she is doing maybe to communicate with the kitten. She is very energetic even when she is playing by herself and she never exhibits this odd breathing when she is playing alone, only when playing with the kitten. I’m obviously worried since it is associated with her breathing. She hasn’t shown any other signs or problems breathing and remains active and is eating, drinking and using the bathroom normally. Also, when she has been ill in the past (primarily UTI) she will come to me and literally scream. She has actually peed on my foot to show me it hurt her before. I am a bit of a hypochondriac when it comes to her also because I’m so overprotective of her. I haven’t taken her to the vet because there are no other symptoms and I’m certain she wouldn’t mimic it there and they would want to run goodness knows how many tests and charge me a fortune. Also, going to the vet stresses her so badly it takes a couple days for her to get over it and stop being angry with me for it.Of course if any additional symptoms show I will immediately take her. Is it possible she is using this as a form of communication and it is a normal part of their play? Has anyone else experienced this with their cats? Please let me know any thought you may have. I don’t want to overreact but at the same time I don’t want to be idle if she needs help.

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