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. The most common causes of sneezing and upper respiratory infections in cats are the feline herpes virus and calicivirus, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
This virus is passed from cat to cat via direct contact through mutual grooming, the sharing of food and water or through the airborne mucous expelled by a sneeze of an infected cat. Brachycephalic or flat-faced breeds of cats, such as Persians or Himalayans, are more prone to the herpes virus than other types of cats. A more serious type of virus, the feline immunodeficiency virus, also can cause sneezing in cats. This virus is common in outdoor cats and is transmitted by deep bite wounds that occur during fights. The disease has no cure and can compromise your cat\’s immune system. Either of these conditions needs to be diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian.