How to Listen to a Cat's Lungs With a Stethoscope

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Your cat’s long-term health depends on you.

If you notice that your cat has developed a cough, you should not ignore it. This symptom can mean that your cat has developed a more serious condition, such as heart disease, or a minor condition, such as a hairball. If you have the expertise, you can listen to your cat's lungs with a stethoscope. If you hear any irregular sounds, you should contact your veterinarian right away.


Step 1

Locate your cat's lungs. On a cat, the lungs are located just before the bottom of the final rib.

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Step 2

Put the earpieces of the stethoscope in your ears. Be sure the room you're in is quiet so you can hear your cat's lungs accurately.


Step 3

Place the head of the stethoscope on your cat's chest. The area toward the middle of your cat's chest is the best place to listen to the lungs.

Step 4

Listen to several different areas besides the middle of the chest, including both sides and the neck area. If you hear any abnormal sound, including fluid, wheezing or a crackling sound, consult your veterinarian.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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