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What Does Sneezing Mean for Cats?
Cats can sneeze for a variety of reasons. If you hear your cat sneeze occasionally, there is no need to panic. Like humans, cats sneeze to remove mild irritants or allergens from their nasal cavity. However, if your cat has been sneezing much more than usual or has discharge from the eyes or nose, there may be a health problem. It’s best to bring your kitty into the vet for a wellness exam at Animal Wellness Center if you suspect something is wrong.
Common Sneezing Causes for Cats:
- Irritants in the air
- Upper respiratory infections
- Intranasal vaccinations
When your cat sneezes once in a while, it is usually due to irritants tickling your cat’s nose. Your cat will let out a reflexive sneeze when they inhale a mild irritant like dust, catnip, litter, or other small particles in the air. Cats can be allergic to things like mold, dust, and pollen, just like people. Some cats are even allergic to certain brands and types of litter, though this is uncommon. Along with sneezes, allergies are often accompanied by watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, itchy skin, and snoring. You should bring your cat in for a physical exam, so we can determine what your cat is allergic to and how to reduce or alleviate the symptoms.
When your cat is sneezing frequently, the most common cause is a respiratory infection. Your cat should be brought to our offices for a proper exam and treatment as soon as possible, especially if the sneezing is accompanied by watery eyes or colored discharge coming out of the eyes or nose.
Other types of infections that can cause sneezing include:
- Feline herpes virus
- Feline leukemia
- Feline Calicivirus
- Bacterial infections like Bordetella or Mycoplasma
If your cat just received intranasal vaccinations to fight a respiratory infection, sneezing may continue for a few days after, so don’t panic! If the sneezing doesn’t let up after a few days, call your vet to see if any further treatments are required.
Are Your Cat’s Sneezes Cause for Concern?
Be on the lookout for sneezing accompanied by lethargy, loss of appetite, and blood or excess mucus in the nose. If you notice any of these symptoms, call us right away.
Animal Wellness Center has animal clinics in Oak Creek, Waukesha, Fond du Lac, and Burlington. If your cat has been sneezing more than usual, give one of our veterinary offices a call. We’d be happy to answer questions and setup an appointment to make sure your kitty is back to their usual self and give you peace of mind.