Sneezing in cats
- The odd sneeze is nothing to worry about, but if your cat is sneezing regularly or is having severe bouts of sneezing, this indicates a problem.
- Sneezing can be caused by a range of problems ranging from minor to serious.
- Book an appointment with your vet if your cat has started sneezing and you’re not sure why.
Causes of sneezing in cats
Common causes include:
- Cat flu - cat flu causes sneezing, a runny nose and weepy eyes. Left untreated, cat flu can become very serious. Fortunately, we can vaccinate against cat flu.
- Respiratory infections - infections inside the airways can cause sneezing.
- Irritants - substances such as perfume, dust and smoke can cause sneezing.
- Dental disease - tooth and gum disease can affect the inside of the nose and cause sneezing.
- A foreign body in the nose - cats sometimes get blades of grass lodged in the back of their nose/throat, which can cause severe bouts of sneezing.
- Growths and tumours – growths inside the nose can cause discharge and sneezing.
Published: June 2020
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