Why does my cat sneeze?


Although an occasional sneeze is normal, frequent sneezing, especially with a runny nose, is not. If your cat is sick, sneeze a lot, you will see secretions in both eyes and nose, it will seem lethargic and will have no appetite.

If your cat only sneezes from time to time, something may be irritating its nasal passages. The main allergens or irritants come from air fresheners or other spray products, from the sand in which your cat performs its needs, from pollen and dust, among others.

But if your cat sneezes excessively, or the sneeze is linked to other symptoms, you should go to the vet to explore it and determine the cause.

The veterinarian will analyze the symptoms associated with sneezing and, if deemed necessary, explore the mouth, throat, eyes or nose, to determine if it is an infection or another pathology. Occasionally, it may also happen that you have to obtain samples to analyze.


Many of the infections that cause sneezing in cats tend to be viral, affect young cats, and can be prevented by providing the first vaccines. The irritation caused due to the virus favors secondary infection by bacteria. Common symptoms include fever, sneezing, runny nose, conjunctivitis, loss of appetite and, occasionally, mouth ulcers or cough depending on the cause.

The most common viruses are Herpesvirus and Feline Calicivirus. Both are transmitted from one cat to another by direct contact through mutual grooming, the exchange of food and water through the mucosa, or the air expelled by the sneeze of an infected cat. Although the treatment is effective in most infected cats and a full recovery is obtained, they should be treated as soon as possible to avoid serious medical conditions.

In the event that the veterinarian discards the aforementioned viruses, he will expand the examination to determine if the excess sneezing may be due to another condition (a dental problem, for example), or to other less common infections. Among them, we highlight the viruses of feline infectious Peritonitis, feline immunodeficiency (FIV) and feline leukemia, and the bacteria Chlamydine, Bordetella and Mycoplasma.

Treatments for sneezing

Depending on the cause that causes this congestion in your cat you must carry out a treatment procedure or another. In any case, the first thing you should do is go to a veterinarian to inform you as appropriate, implant a humidifier at home to keep the air moist and relieve your pet's congestion, and avoid any kind of stress.

In the case of viral infections, although there is no cure as such to end a virus, the symptoms can be relieved by a feline L-lysine supplement. This is an amino acid that manages to slow the spread of the virus through the body of your cat and allows faster healing.

When the cause is an allergy, you probably have to give your cat antihistamines, in the mildest cases, or asteroids, in the most severe. Both will relieve allergy symptoms and reduce inflammation. In addition, you will have to feed your cat by a hypoallergenic diet, which is based on foods such as rabbit, duck and potato. In the case of very mild allergies, asteroids and antihistamines will not be necessary, it will simply be enough to give your cat nasal decongestants.

By last, In the case of bacterial infections, the veterinarian will prescribe antibiotics to your pet. Also, if you have more cats at home you must isolate the patient to avoid infecting others, in case of pneumonia. If it is not possible to stop sneezing, surgical intervention can be achieved both in bacterial infections and in allergies and viruses.

Sneezing in the cat

We will start by asking you a question, Whenever you sneeze is it because you are sick? Surely before we have finished stating the question your lips have verbalized the answer: no. Well at catthe same happens.

By definition, sneezing consists of Throw the nose and mouth with the inspired air involuntarily, caused by a stimulation in the nasal mucosa.

In this way, every time a cat sneezes, what it is getting is to eliminate any cause that is irritating the mucosa of the nose. Keep in mind that If your cat does it from time to time it should not be given the least importance.

However, when sneezing are accompanied by a runny nose or are very common, yes we can begin to feel a moderate concern which should increase in the event that your nose is so clogged that we perceive that you are not able to smell your food.

A fact that will be manifest if we notice that the animal refuses to eat or significantly decreases food intake. That is when it would be necessary to go to our veterinarian with our cat so that he can assess his health status.

What more symptoms should we observe in the cat

As we said in the previous paragraph, the time has come to take action and allow a professional to evaluate what sneezes respond to of our pet.

It would be important for you to comment any other symptoms that could accompany the sneezing, like these:

    Green or yellow nasal discharge, which may be deb>

Here we show you the most frequent causes that cause sneezing in your cat:

    Viral infections. In this case they may be caused by contact with other cats or by sharing>