Ever see a little wrinkle its nose and let out with a cute? б It sounds sort of like БPfft! Б and may or may not be accompanied by a few droplets. We all sneeze on occasion for what is seemingly no reason. As you might imagine, If your cat sneezes once in a while, and is otherwise active and normal, it is probably nothing to worry about. However, if your catБs sneezes are more than occasional or are accompanied by blood or mucus, or if your cat has a concurrent discharge from his eyes or also has a, the sneeze may be a sign of more significant problems. Whether youБre concerned, or just curious, read on for some possible reasons why your kitty might sneeze:
1. A simple, benign tickle This may be the most obvious cause for sneezing. A simple tickle in the catБs nose, such as a bit of dust or a mild chemical irritant, can cause a reflexive sneeze. Think of the animated cat that sneezes when he inhales a bit of pepper. This kind of sneezing is not unlike scratching a tickle or an itch. 2. Respiratory infections Another common cause of sneezing is associated with a respiratory, most often a infection. ThatБs right, our feline friends! Likely infectious diseases include: Less commonly seen fungal infections can also cause sinus disease that results in nasal inflammation.
Viral respiratory infections may be accompanied by a cough and even more commonly by excessive tearing or discharge accumulating in the eyes. 3. Chemical irritants On occasion a noxious smell or chemical fumes associated with various solvents can produce inflammation of the membranes of the nose and sinuses. Sneezing is the bodyБs way of ridding itself of that irritation. Some cats can also be sensitive to inhaled tobacco smoke, perfumes and various chemicals. [ ] 4. Foreign bodies Nasal foreign bodies such as blades of grass or grass awns can find their way into the nasal cavity. The result is first, irritation and if the object is not expelled (Бsneezed outБ), there is a likelihood of a nasal infection. 5. Dental disease Dental disease can cause sneezing particularly involving root infections. Infections of the feline can allow to establish in the nasal sinus with resulting and sneezing. 6. Allergies to pollens Pollen are much less common in cats than in people, but are not unheard of either. 7. Intranasal vaccines that fight against respiratory infections frequently cause sneezing for a few days after they are administered. The sneezing generally lasts for only a few days and goes away on its own, requiring no treatment.
If your cat sneezes only occasionally, no treatment is generally needed. However, if your cat has other symptoms such as discharge from the nose and eyes, the presence of blood or mucus in the nose, decreased activity or loss of appetite, have your cat examined by your veterinarian. If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian Б they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets. Ever catch your cat? No fear, the occasional sneeze is not a big deal! When a cat sneezes, heБs just releasing high-pressure air from his nose and mouth. However, if your cat is excessively sneezing (more than just a few times a day or more than a few days in a row), a visit may be necessary. This is especially important if you notice additional clinical signs besides the sneezing such as: Difficulty chewing food (due to ulcers on the tongue and in the Pink eye signs (e. g. , redness of the eyes due to secondary inflammation of the conjunctiva) What can cause sneezing? Typically, sneezing may be due to: Allergens such as dust, pollen, and fur Foreign material such as grass, small pieces of plant seed, etc. (e. g. , herpesvirus) Inflammation of the upper respiratory infection (e. g. , rhinitis) Infection in the lungs (e. g. , pneumonia) secondary to an upper respiratory infection causes (e. g. , upper respiratory infections, fungal infections, etc. ).
How bad are the medical causes of sneezing? So whatБs the prognosis? If your catБs symptoms include sneezing, running eyes, squinting of the eyes, drooling and you just adopted a new kitten from an, the cause is typically due to an upper respiratory infection (commonly called a БURIБ) from a calicivirus or herpesvirus. Thankfully, the prognosis is fair to good with a URI. As these viruses are very contagious to other cats (but not to humans, so donБt worry! ), you want to make sure to keep other cats isolated and make sure your cats are up to date on their (as the vaccines help protect from some strains of these viruses). Keep in mind that just as herpesvirus can hide in humanб bodies for a long time (e. g. , cold sores), the viruses can also hide in cats and recrudesce (pop up again years later) when stressed. Lifelong, occasional sneezing can be seen after a stressful event (e. g. , etc. ). Other infections that can immunosuppress a cat such as can also predispose a cat to or infections, resulting in sneezing.
Less commonly, other types of bacteria or fungal infections (e. g. , bordatella, mycoplasma, chlaymdia, etc. ) can also result in sneezing. б Rarely, sneezing can be due to cancer Б most commonly an aggressive type called. Unfortunately, the prognosis for cancer in the nose or upper respiratory tract is very poor, even with and chemotherapy. When in doubt, check with your veterinarian for an. They may be able to give fluids (either under the skin or intravenously, depending on how sick your cat is) to help hydrate your cat, and offer some even tastier prescription cans of food. Also, with moderate to severe cases of URIs, certain medications may be necessary. If clinical signs still donБt resolve, a thorough oral examination under sedation, along with or CT of the nose and head region may be necessary. Is this from an upper respiratory infection? Does my cat REALLY need antibiotics if itБs a viral infection? Does my cat need a referral to an internists for a CT? If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.