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What’s causing your cat’s sneezing? (And how to help!)

When the weather gets cold, you may experience sneezes and sniffles. The same thing may happen in the spring when there is more pollen in the air. You may wonder, however, why your cat is sneezing. Fluffy may have caught a cold or she could have. If your cat sneezes from time to time, it probably isn’t a cause for concern, but if you find your cat is sneezing frequently wheezing and coughing, it may be time to check it out. Your cat could have a respiratory ailment or could be experiencing another serious problem. You may find out that the sneezing is not caused by something severe but is worthwhile to find the source of the problem.

When a cat or kitten sneezes, it wrinkles its nose up and lets out a gentle noise that can seem cute at first. However, if the sneezes are happening frequently, it may cease to be charming. If your cat’s nose is running or the eyes are watery and it makes the wheezing sound when it breathes, you should try to discover the cause. The most benign reason for cats sneezing is if they have a slight tickle in their nose. This can be caused by dust or another irritant. If this happens only once in a while, there is no reason to be concerned.

Another cause for cats sneezing is a respiratory infection. If you notice your cat is sneezing uncontrollably and with intensity, he might have caught a virus for the common cold. It is not a well-known fact that cats also catch colds. These are often called upper respiratory infections. Kittens tend to be vulnerable to colds, and they need extra warmth in the wintertime, which is usually provided by their mother. One of the problems with separating a kitten from its mother at too young an age is that it can become more vulnerable to colds and respiratory infections. In addition, cats who spend time in animal shelters and other facilities are more likely to catch these infections from other cats. Think about your child in daycare or kindergarten and how often they come home with sniffles and coughs they caught from other children. The same happens to kittens that are adopted from shelters. When you bring a new kitten home, inspect its eyes and nose for signs of infection.

Cats develop upper respiratory infections from viruses or bacteria. The most common culprit is the calicivirus. This virus is highly contagious, and if you are introducing a new kitten from a shelter to other cats in your home, it is probably a good idea to separate the new kitten out for at least a week until it is no longer contagious. Just as humans can be carriers for viruses without showing symptoms, the same is true cats. In any case, when you introduce a new cat to the home, especially a kitten, it is a common practice to keep the new cat in its own space to prevent the existing cats from feeling threatened. This is also a good measure to prevent the spread of infection.

The calicivirus spreads rapidly through the small droplets the cat expels when sneezes. Signs that your cat infected with the calicivirus include excessive nasal discharge that may be clear or look like pus, sneezing, a lack of appetite, discharge from the eye and squinting. Your cat may be drooling have difficulty eating and have ulcers in its mouth. The cat may also be tired and allergic and have a fever.

Just as there is no cure yet for colds in humans, with feline upper respiratory infections, it is necessary to treat the symptoms until they go away. Clean the eyes and the nose with a damp cloth get rid of discharge. The discharge can block the nasal passages and make it difficult for your cat to breathe. Run a hot shower and let your cat breathe in the steam. Cats with upper respiratory infections may find it difficult to eats and may have little appetite. In addition, the sense of smell is blunted and they may not feel like eating. Tempt your cat with treats and try to heat up its food in the microwave to let the warmth activate the smell. Make sure the food is not too hot. Keep your cat indoors and make sure that the temperature is warm enough. If the symptoms don’t go away, take your cat to the veterinarian for a full exam. If your pet is not been drinking, the veterinarian may be able to inject fluids intravenously to help your cat avoid being dehydrated. Since many of these infections are viral, they can’t be treated effectively with antibiotics. Unfortunately, in many cases, antibiotics can lead to anorexia in cats which can make the problem worse. The veterinarian may prescribe lysine as a treatment for upper respiratory infections. If you have other cats, make sure that they do not use the same food bowl, litter box or blanket used by the infected cat. It is a good idea to keep your cat in a separate room from other cats until the problem goes away. Wash your hands after handling the sick cat before petting other cats in the house. In mild cases, these upper respiratory infections will go away with time.

Another cause of cat’s sneezing is chemicals in your home. We may not realize how many chemicals we are introducing into our homes with routine cleaning. We might not feel sensitive to these irritants but cats may have an adverse reaction. Fumes from these chemicals may cause membranes to become inflamed in the nose. When a cat sneezes he is ridding himself of these harmful chemicals. In addition to cleaning agents, your cat may be sensitive to air freshener perfumes and especially cigarette smoke. We all know about the dangers of cigarettes and the harm that secondary smoke can cause to children. There isn’t much discussion about the role secondary cigarette smoke causes to pets. Cigarette smoke contains 7000 chemicals that are harmful and 70 that can cause cancer. Malignant lymphoma in cats because by secondhand cigarette smoke. Cancer is a major killer among felines and can happen even in homes where there is no hazardous cigarette smoke. It is even more common in homes where there is a smoker present, so if you smoke, consider quitting completely for at least not making your cat.

In addition to cancer, secondhand cigarette smoke can also cause asthma and breathing problems in pets and humans. The airways of dogs and cats are similar to those in humans and they can have a similar reaction to cigarette smoke. Smoking can also cause allergic dermatitis, and if you see your cat itching after lighting up, smoke may be a major cause.

It may seem strange that a dental problem because of sneezing, but issues with the teeth can lead to cold and flu-like symptoms. When there is something wrong with a tooth, bacteria can find its way from the tooth to the nasal passage and can cause sneezing. Dental care in cats is an often neglected issue among pet owners. It’s not just the teeth that are affected when a cat has dental problems, but infections in the teeth can spread to other parts of the body. Around 75% of cats have some form of dental disease before the age of three. If your cat has foul-smelling breath that might be a sign that his teeth need more care and attention. Many people are reluctant to brush their cat’s teeth because they feel the pet may resist and bits. That is why getting your cat into the routine of tooth cleaning from an early age is essential. Even if you are starting late, there are many ways to coax your cat into regular cleaning. Brushing is important because as with humans it removes the accumulation of plaque which can harden and become tartar. As tartar gathers, it can create infections around the gum. You can see the first signs of the problem as the gums receipt and make the teeth weaker. This bacteria can enter the bloodstream and affect your cat’s health.

Brushing your cat’s teeth is similar to the method used with human beings, although chances are your cat will not enjoy mint flavored toothpaste. You can find special to paste designed for cats in pet stores. You may also notice that these kinds of toothpaste do not form a foam and do not require rinsing but are safe to swallow. At first, you may want to use a finger toothbrush to clean your cat’s teeth and then switch to a regular-sized toothbrush designed for cats. Brushing your cat’s teeth daily is ideal, but at least try to do it a few times a week. If you have difficulties brushing your cat’s teeth, ask the veterinarian to give you. You can also try dental treats that clean the teeth as well as rinses that fight plaque. When your veterinarian examines your cat, she will regularly look at the teeth. Ask your veterinarian what he or she thinks of the condition of your cat’s teeth and how to improve dental care.

Your cat may not be as prone to allergies as humans are, but this problem does occur in felines from time to time. Allergies are the result of weakened immunity and sensitivity to certain substances. Cats that are prone to allergies have reactions to substances that have no effect on other cats. Sneezing is a way your cat will try to rid itself of the allergen. In addition to sneezing, you may notice that your cat scratching more often, has runny eyes, scratches it is ears and chews its paws. Vomiting and diarrhea occur in cases of extreme allergies.

Just as with humans, it may be difficult to determine exactly what your cat is allergic to. It is unlikely that sneezing is caused by allergies to food because the symptoms are usually characterized by gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting. Sneezing is caused by airborne irritants. If you think your cat may have an allergy, and you have a feeling you know what the cause is, remove it from your cat’s environment and see if the symptoms clear up. If there is no change in your cats sneezing, you should take it to a veterinarian. Your cat may be sensitive to the chemicals and fragrances and its litter box. Cats resist bathing and water, but try to bathe your cat a few times a week can help remove allergens from the skin if you notice itching combined with sneezing. You may be able to purchase rinse free shampoo from your local pet store.

Pollen may be the cause of your cat’s sneezing. Your vet may prescribe cortisone of steroids or allergy injections to prevent excessive sneezing. Antihistamines may also be used, but these should be products that are specially designed for cats. The veterinarian may prescribe medications that will open up the breathing passages. If your cat has a cold or an allergy that is interfering with his breathing, do not smoke in the presence of a cat and make sure no one else does.

If your cat has received a vaccine that is intended to fight respiratory infections, your cat may sneeze for a period of time after getting the shot. This is similar to the reaction people have after receiving flu shots. Keep in mind that the only a reaction and that it should go away after a few days, but if it does not, take your cat to a veterinarian.

The worst-case scenario is that the cat may be sneezing because of feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency or certain forms of cancer. Feline leukemia (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency (FIV) develop after exposure to viruses. These viruses can be passed on from the saliva or other body fluids and are transferred from one cat to another. FeLV can be transmitted through exposure when petting or sharing foods. FIV often results from deeper contacts such as through cuts and scratches. These diseases tend not to develop soon after exposure but require a long incubation before the symptoms become apparent. FIV is similar to the feline version of HIV. A cat can seem relatively healthy and live with the infection for a long time, although it will be contagious to other cats.

Cats to spend at least part of time outdoors are more vulnerable to FeLV and FIV that purely indoor cats. However, indoor cats can catch these viruses, particularly if the cat you adopt that was at one time feral. Cats to get into fights are more vulnerable to catching these diseases because of the transmission of blood that can occur when it is bitten. That is one reason why it is important to have male cats neutered particularly if they spend time outside. Not only does it help control the pet population, but it can keep your cat from catching serious diseases from exposure to other cats. Mother cats can pass these viruses onto their babies. There are vaccines available to prevent the development of these diseases but they are not always effective. Another problem is that once the cat is vaccinated for FIV, it will always test positive for the virus. If your cat is sneezing, it is not necessary to jump to the conclusion that it has a serious infection. However, if you have ruled everything out, it might be important to have a veterinarian test your cat for these viruses.

Squamous cell carcinoma is a kind of cancer that develops on the skin with sneezzing being a possible symptom. These tumors usually develop on the nose or around the eye, and it begins with the appearance of black crusts. This type of cancer is similar to skin cancer and is more common among cats that receive repeated exposure to the sun. The tumors can develop in the mouth, and it can be difficult to catch since cats often don’t like to have their mouths forced open. As long as cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes, surgery can still save the cats life. Just as with feline leukemia and immunodeficiency, there is no reason to assume that sneezing is a signal of severe problems, although if everything else has been ruled out, it is important to have a veterinarian check your cat.

If your cat is sneezing because it has developed a cold, you may not be able to benefit from the wealth of cold remedies that you see in the aisles of your drugstore. While there are some medicines designed for cats, there is often a limited variety and the cost is often high. Once the veterinarian has diagnosed your cat with the cold and you are certain it isn’t something more serious, you can try home remedies to help relieve sneezing and other symptoms. Avoid the temptation to give your cat smaller portions of over the counter cold remedies. These medicines are intended for people and not for cats and put create an adverse reaction.

Some natural remedies you can give your cat to help make the sneezing go away has a cold include vitamin C, lysine, and apple cider vinegar. Sneaking 250 to 500 mg of vitamins into your cat’s food can help revitalize the immune system and treat or prevent colds. Avoid giving your cat pills and opt for a vitamin C gel instead. You can squirt the gel into the cat’s mouth or let it lick it off its paws. This is a plan of action if your cat after you put vitamin C and it. You may have heard people tell the benefits of apple cider vinegar, but this substance may be difficult your cat to swallow because of its bitter flavor. However, if you can get your cat to consume it mixed with water or tuna juice it can help prevent colds and other problems that can lead to sneezing and coughing. Putting lysine can your cat’s food a few times a day can help build your cat’s proteins supply. Having plenty of protein the system can help ward off disease.

A cat that is sneezing and coughing it might have some difficulty grooming. Felines are usually self-sufficient when it comes to taking care of their fur, but when they are under the weather, they might need an extra hand. This is especially true of the area around the eyes and the nasal passages. With a damp washcloth, rub your cat’s face gently. Your cat may resist this kind of assistance at first, but it is an important step to clear nasal passages. If your cat’s nose is stuffed up, you can use a baby’s bulb syringe to clear out mucus from the nasal passages.

Another way to help clear the nasal passages if your cat has the sniffles or for full-blown sneezing is to place a vaporizer close to where your cat sleeps or relapses. Try putting some Vicks VapoRub into the vaporizer to help fear out congestion. Cats like getting close to warm things, so use a heating pad or a hot water bottle as a good place for your cat to relax and he or she has a cold. Make sure the temperature is not too high to avoid burning your cat enjoying what skin. Give your kitty extra blankets so that they can stay warm. When it comes to food, your cat may have a poor appetite when they are sick, so add sardine oil or cod liver oil to its food.

Cats can have many of the same ailments that humans do. When your cat is sneezing, it could be suffering from a feline version of the common cold. Your cat may also be allergic to something in the environment or it could have dental problems. In extreme cases, coughing be assigned serious diseases, although most of the time the coughing is likely to clear up once cold has passed or the allergens have been removed from the environment. If you are puzzled as to why your cat keeps sneezing and you have considered every possibility, make sure you take your pet to the veterinarian to find out the source of the problem.

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  1. Johnny

    May 5, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    My little guy has the sniffles right now! thanks for the article and insight!

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