When it comes to sneezing, cats are just like humans in many ways. So if you notice your cat sneezing on occasion, there’s a chance that your beloved feline is reacting to an allergen in the air, and irritant, or even a foul smell.
But what if you notice that your cat is sneezing a lot? Should you have cause for concern?
The short answer is yes, if your cat is sneezing frequently then it’s best to err on the side of caution and contact your vet. Sneezing in cats could be nothing to worry about, or it could be a sign of a serious issue like a respiratory infection. You must see your vet to find out for sure and get appropriate treatment.
Here’s what you need to know about why your cat is sneezing a lot and what you should do about it.
What Makes A Cat Sneeze?
If you notice that your cat is sneezing frequently over a period of a few days, there’s a chance there’s something more serious than just a seasonal allergy going on.
This is especially so if you notice that your cat also has a watery discharge coming from their eyes, or your cat is starting to act more reserved than usual.
A cat who sneezes often could be suffering from a bacterial or viral infection that affects their upper respiratory system.
Some common infections in cats include:
- Feline calicivirus
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (also known as FIV)
- Feline herpes virus
If you notice that your cat is sneezing a lot, consult with your veterinarian.
How Do You Treat A Cat Who Sneezes A Lot?
If you decide to bring your cat to the vet because they’re sneezing a lot, it’s likely your vet will examine your feline and ask questions about their medical history and any recent behavior changes. They might also order blood tests or an X-ray.
In many cases, vets can prescribe antibiotics to fight off an infection. If your vet prescribes medication to combat an upper respiratory infection, it’s important to follow the entire course of medicine as detailed by your vet.
Beyond medicine, your vet might also recommend trying out some environmental changes to help your cat feel better and reduce sneezing. For example, the use of a humidifier can often help clear up a cat’s nasal passages.
It’s also important to keep your house clean and as dust free as possible to reduce the chances of aggravating your cat’s condition.
Have you ever notice that your cat was sneezing a lot? How did your vet help your kitty recover? Tell us about the experience in the comments section below!