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Why Is My Cat Sneezing? How to Handle it

If your cat is sneezing a lot, you may be concerned about the health of your pet. Cats sneeze for many reasons, some of which are serious and some that are not. It is important to know what can cause sneezing in cats so that you can determine if your pet needs medical attention or just needs some time to recover from an illness.

Why is my cat sneezing?

When it comes to sneezing, cats are the experts. While a dog may cough or wheeze when he’s feeling under the weather, cats are more likely to make a run for it—and then sneeze when they get some distance between themselves and whatever is making them sick.

Why? Because sneezing is actually an involuntary defense mechanism that helps clear out irritants from their nasal passages. In other words: your cat is trying to protect itself from something by getting rid of it through sneezing!

Why a cat sneezes?

Sneezing and Nose Running of a Cat
  • A cat doesn’t sneeze to give us humans a laugh and giggle, but cats do it for good reason. Cats don’t have much of a reason to be sneezing other than to clear their nasal passages. So if your cat is sneezing, that may mean she has something irritating her nose or throat (or both). If you think there’s an underlying cause for the sneezing, try speaking with your veterinarian about possible causes and management options that can help alleviate the symptoms.
  • Why does a cat get allergies? Allergies are caused by an over-reaction of the immune system in response to substances in its environment that are harmless for most people but are perceived as foreign invaders by the body’s immune system. In some cases these substances include dust mites and pollen from plants like grasses or trees; in others they include food items such as milk and eggs found in some commercial pet foods which contain ingredients derived from animal sources (meat meal).

Why is my cat sneezing so much?

Why is my cat sneezing?

Your cat may sneeze for many reasons, including:

  • An infection in the nose or sinuses.
  • Allergies to things like pollen.
  • Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs).
  • Nasal tumors that can cause sneezing and other symptoms, such as coughing or loss of appetite.

Why is my cat sneezing mucus from nose what is it?

Mucus from the nose is one of the most common symptoms of a cat cold, and it’s usually not serious. A cat can have a runny nose for several days without developing other symptoms or needing treatment.

A cat cold is often caused by a viral infection, which means that antibiotics won’t be effective in treating it. In fact, giving antibiotics to your pet when they don’t need them has been shown to increase their risk of getting infections—like pneumonia—in the future.

Most kitty colds last only a few days and go away on their own with rest and fluids (in other words: lots of cuddles). If your pet seems otherwise healthy but their sneezing has lasted more than three weeks, talk to your vet about options for treatment.

Why is my cat sneezing all of a sudden?

Sneezing is one of those things that is pretty normal for cats. They sneeze to clear their nose of dust and other particles that might be in the air. If your cat sneezes more often than usual, it could be a sign of an allergy or a cold.

If your cat has been sneezing for several days, it’s time to call the vet (even if they’re not showing any other symptoms). The vet will want to do some tests and figure out what’s causing the sneezing.

Why does my cat keep sneezing?

If your cat is sneezing a lot, you may be wondering what’s causing it. Cat sneezing is common and can happen for many reasons.

We have already discussed some reasons above and few are upcoming below in this article.

What does it mean when a cat sneezes?

Cat illness and Sneezing

When you’re looking at a cat sneezing, it can be difficult to tell what’s going on. Is your cat sneezing because of an allergy? Or is he sneezing because of a head cold? Let’s break down some common causes of sneezing in cats and what they mean for your fuzzy friend’s health.

  • Allergy: A reaction to something in the environment (usually pollen or dust mites) that causes inflammation and irritation in the nose, sinuses, and throat. This type of allergic rhinitis is more likely in cats than dogs because they are less likely to scratch their faces as a way to relieve allergies.
  • Cold/flu: Bacteria or viruses cause upper respiratory infections that create inflammation in the nose, throat, and lungs—and sometimes even further down into the chest cavity (in severe cases). This can cause sneezing as well as congestion, coughing, lethargy, loss of appetite, and fever. Sinus infection: An infection within one or both nostrils leads to swelling which results in pressure building up inside them.

What does it mean when your cat sneezes a lot?

One of the following is true

  • Your cat is sick
  • Your cat has a cold
  • Your cat has allergies
  • Your cat has an upper respiratory infection (URI)
  • Feline asthma

What to do when your cat sneezes?

Cats can get the same colds, allergies, and sinus infections that people do. If your cat has a runny nose, or is sneezing, they may have a condition called “rhinitis” — and it could be affecting their breathing.

If your cat is sneezing, runny nose, and other symptoms you should take them to a vet. Your cat may be sneezing due to an allergy caused by something they are getting in their nose.

You can help treat your cat’s sneezing on your own by administering over-the-counter medications such as Benadryl and Zyrtec to reduce swelling caused by all the discharges within their nasal cavities. However, this method is really not suggested, you better call the vet. However, It’s important to keep your cat calm and comfortable during this time so that they don’t try to rub their face or scratch at their noses, which could irritate them even further.


In short, if your cat is sneezing a lot, it can be a sign of allergies or some other health issue. If you are concerned about your pet’s sneezing and have not already done so, please contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible! They will be able to tell you what is causing the sneezing and how best to treat it.

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