Why Is My Cat Sneezing a Lot? Almost anything that irritates or tickles a cat s nose can trigger a sneeze, but if your cat or kitten sneezes a lot you may start to worry that there s something wrong. If sneezing is the only symptom your cat displays i. e. , no discharge from eyes or nose, good appetite, no change in behavior or activity level then something as simple as an allergy or contact with irritants like cigarette smoke or air fresheners may be to blame. However, if your cat s sneezing in accompanied by a runny nose and eyes, he might have an upper respiratory infection. Do Cats Get Colds? The viruses that cause colds in people are generally species-specific.
Except perhaps under the rarest of circumstances, the viruses that make people sick with a cold are incapable of causing illness in cats. So if you re wondering can cats catch a cold from people, the answer is almost always no. On the other hand, several feline viruses (e. g. , feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus) and even a few bacteria do cause clinical signs that look a lot like those that people with colds develop. Upper respiratory infections can occur in any cat but are most common in kittens or under-vaccinated adults who have had contact with other cats. Discharge from the eyes or runny nose; this may be watery or thick and clear, white, yellow, or green.
Excessive swallowing (if there is drainage into the back of the mouth and throat). Colds in cats are usually caused by infection with certain types of viruses. Feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus are the most common. In some cases, secondary bacterial infections can develop, which may lead to pneumonia. Keep the eyes and nose free of discharge using a soft cloth or paper towel moistened with warm water. Offer warmed canned cat food or meat-based baby food to encourage your cat to eat. Provide plenty of fresh water for drinking. Do not try to give your cat any kind of medication without consulting your vet as many human medications are toxic to cats.
Cats who are not interested in food or have especially severe or worsening symptoms should be seen by a veterinarian.
Someone dropped off kittens at our place (we have a farm). The kittensБ eyes run and the kittens sneeze constantly. Can you give me an idea what they have and how to treat it? The most likely cause for sneezing and eye discharge is a viralб. These commonly affect kittens and are usually caused by a virus: the herpes virus, the calici virus or both. They often result in sneezing, discharge from the eyes and nose, drooling, congestion, fever and poor appetite. Theб (also called the ) is the most common culprit and causes profuse sneezing and a watery or mucoid nasal discharge.
Calici virus causes milder respiratory signs, however, it can cause ulcers in the mouth and on the tongue, resulting in drooling and difficulty eating. ( pinkeyeБ) in both eyes often accompanies these symptoms. Conjunctivitis can be viral, but it can also be caused by chlamydophila (formerly called chlamydia), a common bacteria isolated from cats with viral upper respiratory infections. Treatment of URIs requires supportive care with oral antibiotics, antiviral drugs, medicated eye ointments and nutritional supplements such as the amino acid lysine. Fortunately, most kittens recover from respiratory infections.