Cat owners find that their cats sneeze from time to time. Cats, like humans, sneeze with air coming out of their mouths and noses strongly. Again, similar to humans, cats can sneeze due to dust, pollen and similar substances that get into their noses. In such cases, sneezing is an involuntary act of expelling materials such as dust from the nose and throat. In other words, this instant sneeze is a natural reaction of the body and this reaction occurs once or several times in a row. As long as sneezing is not continuous in cats, it is considered normal. But if your cat is sneezing and sneezing for a long time, even though it is not exposed to any nasal-itching material such as dust, dirt or pollen, the situation is dangerous.
Allergy Caused Sneezing in Cats
Does your cat sneeze after getting in and out of tight spaces such as closets and sofa backs, or after digging in the litter after defecation? Do you observe that your cat sneezes right after it smells flowers and plants or when it goes out to the garden? Don’t worry, it’s quite natural for your cat to sneeze in such situations. Although cats are resistant to diseases and pain, their stomach, eyes and respiratory tracts are very sensitive creatures. In fact, cats can sneeze due to cigarette smoke and soot and smoke caused by the burning of any object, just like humans. Sneezing in such cases differs from cat to cat. Some cats are allergic to dust, pollen and cigarettes and react immediately, while others are more resistant. So your cat is exposed to smoke, soot, If it reacts excessively to effects such as dust by sneezing, it may be allergic. The stimuli that cause allergies in cats are:
- Perfumes and all kinds of scented sprays and colognes,
- Cigarette smoke,
- Detergents and cleaning materials,
- Insect and vermin sprays,
- Burning candles and incense-like scent diffusers,
- soot and smoke from burning objects,
- Very small-grained, powdery and scented cat litters and litters that produce too much dust.
Your cat may feel uncomfortable and sneeze when in contact with or in the same environment with any of the substances mentioned above. This does not directly indicate that he is allergic. It is useful to consult your veterinarian to understand whether your cat is allergic. There are also vaccines and treatments available for allergic cats. What cat owners should do is not to use the substances mentioned next to the cats as much as possible and especially not to smoke.
Infectious Sneezing in Cats
While being allergic is a common cause of sneezing, prolonged sneezing can be an indication of a serious problem. If your cat is constantly sneezing for no reason, and symptoms such as weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, dry nose, nasal and eye discharge, swelling in the eyes, loss of appetite, difficulty in breathing and coughing are added to the sneeze, the situation is quite serious. So your cat may be sneezing due to an infection in the upper respiratory tract. Upper respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi. This infection is more common in cats living on the street and living in shelters and is usually contagious. Therefore, if your cat is sneezing, you should separate it from other pets. If the situation continues, you should have your cat examined by the veterinarian without wasting time.