Why is my cat sneezing?

Why is my cat sneezing? What’s in a sneeze?

Why do cat’s sneeze? A cat’s sneeze is nothing to ‘sneeze at’ as it could potentially signal that something is seriously wrong.  More often than not, an occasional sneezing spell is nothing to worry about unless it persists and is accompanied by other symptoms. It is natural for animals and humans alike to sneeze to clear nasal passages.

So, what exactly is a sneeze, anyway? The medical term for chronic sneezing is called, stemutation. It’s the result of an uncontrolled expulsion of air through the mouth and nose that causes irritation to the mucus membranes of the nose.

If your cat seems to be sneezing more often than normal it could be due to one of the following:

  • Allergies
  • Irritants
  • Dental issues
  • Upper Respiratory infection
  • Foreign Objects
  • Nasal cancer
  • Fungal infection
  • Feline herpes

Sneezing that is consistent and abnormal for your pet should prompt you to take him to a veterinarian. Your vet will examine your cat checking for different types of discharge, which help him figure out what type of infection is present.

  • If the discharge is a mucoid discharge or ocular discharge and the cat has a fever, no appetite, eye leakage, lesions in the mouth an upper respiratory infection will most likely be the diagnosis.
  • After the age of 3, consistent sneezing with bad breath most likely means dental issues.
  • If your cat is shaking his head and rubbing his nose, a foreign body may be stuck in his nose.
  • Allergies may be the culprit if he seems to be itching or pawing at his face. If you notice the sneezing at a certain time of year, it could be seasonal allergies.
  • Intermittent sneezing could be a sign of a nasal irritation. Try removing your pet from his environment for a day or so to see if the symptoms subside.
  • If sneezing is accompanied by blood this could be a sign of nasal cancer or fungal infection.
  • Habitual sneezing with mucous present around the nose and eyes could signal Feline herpes. Which sounds pretty bad, but not to worry… humans cannot contract herpes from cats. Since herpes is a viral infection the cat will eventually get over it but will be a carrier forever.

You should always be on the alert for health concerns and notify your veterinarian if there’s anything out of the ordinary going on with any of your pets. Stay on top of routine examinations so that any issue may be detected sooner rather than later.