When it comes to sneezing, cats are like humans in many ways. So, if you notice the occasional sneeze from your cat, chances are your beloved cat is reacting to an allergen in the air and smelling irritating or even foul.
But what if you notice your cat sneezes a lot? Should you have cause for concern?
The short answer is yes, if your cat sneezes frequently it is best to play it safe Contact your veterinarian. Sneezing in cats may not be a cause for concern, or it can be a sign of a serious problem like a respiratory infection. You need to see your veterinarian to find out for sure and receive adequate treatment.
Here’s what you need to know about why your cat sneezes a lot and what to do about it.
What Makes a Cat Sneeze?
If you find that your cat sneezes frequently over a period of a few days, chances are something more serious than just a seasonal allergy is present.
This is especially the case if you notice that your cat is also experiencing a watery discharge from its eyes, or if your cat is starting to act more reluctantly than usual.
A cat who sneezes often may have a bacterial or viral infection that affects its upper respiratory tract.
Some common infections in cats are:
If you find that your cat is sneezing a lot, contact your veterinarian.
How do you treat a cat that sneezes a lot?
If you decide to take your cat to the vet because she sneezes a lot, your vet will likely examine your cat and ask questions about her medical history and recent behavioral changes. You could also order blood tests or an X-ray.
In many cases, veterinarians can prescribe antibiotics to fight off infection. If your veterinarian prescribes medication to control an upper respiratory tract infection, it is important to follow the full medical course outlined by your veterinarian.
On top of the medicine, your vet may also recommend trying some environmental changes to make your cat feel better and to reduce sneezing. For example, using a humidifier can often help clean a cat’s nasal passages.
It’s also important to keep your home clean and as dust-free as possible to reduce the chance of your cat’s condition getting worse.
Have you ever noticed that your cat sneezed a lot? How did your vet help your kitten recover? Tell us about the experience in the comment section below!