When Feline Sneezing May Indicate A Problem
Feline sneezing is not uncommon. All cats sneeze from time to time, even when they are perfectly healthy, and a sneezing bout should normally not be a cause for concern. Just as is the case with humans, something can irritate the cat's nasal passages or respiratory system, and sneezing is a natural and healthy way to clear the airways.
Sometimes, too much of a good thing, in this case sneezing, could indicate a problem exists that may need looking into. Chronic feline sneezing or an extended period of sneezing is not normal, unless in the case of an extended period of sneezing there could be an irritant lodged in the respiratory system that the cat is having difficulty in getting rid of. Chronic sneezing however usually indicates the presence of a condition that may require treatment.
Look For Accompanying Symptoms - One thing to look for is any other symptoms which accompany chronic feline sneezing. It may be watery or swollen eyes, a refusal to eat, drooling, dehydration, or a condition of general lethargy, indicating an illness may be the root cause. An accompanying cough often points to a respiratory infection as being the cause of the sneezing.
Allergens May Be To Blame - Another thing to look for is whether there have been any changes in the cat's daily routine or environment. Cats can be allergic to certain foods just as people can be, and a sudden change in diet, introduction of a new food item, or even a change in the brand of the cat food could introduce an allergen that will bring about feline sneezing attacks. When this is the case, reversing the change by returning to the original brand, or withholding newly introduced treats, may solve the problem and stop the sneezing.
Particles in the air, which we may not be sensitive to, can be another cause of feline sneezing. Some cats have a low tolerance for dust, smoke, perfume, or sprays or any chemical or particulate matter in the air which may or may not affect humans, or even be particularly noticeable. As is often the case with allergens, whether in the air or in food, a cat may tolerate them for a long period of time, and then suddenly begin to experience reactions in their presence. This can of course make identifying the cause of the sneezing much more difficult, and it may take some time to pinpoint a possible cause.
If you have a pure breed cat, it may be worthwhile doing a little research to see if the breed has a tendency to be overly sensitive to certain things. Flat-faced breeds of cats, just like flat-faced dog breeds, often are more prone to respiratory problems.
For some cats, sneezing may become a chronic problem, one they may have for life. This can result from a disease or disorder that cannot be completely cured, though hopefully can be treated or otherwise managed. A physical obstruction, a cyst or tumor, could be present in the respiratory system, and over time could grow in size, making feline sneezing episodes more severe, though relatively harmless. Acute infections on the other hand are usually treatable and also usually temporary.
Carefully Note Symptoms And Behavior - When feline sneezing appears to be an on-going condition it is always best to seek the services of a veterinarian so that a proper course of treatment can be prescribed. There is little point in allowing an animal to experience ongoing discomfort when something can be done about it, or at least an attempt to cure the situation can be made. It can be very helpful to the veterinarian if all symptoms or behaviors noticed are noted. The statement that “my kitty is sneezing” isn't the easiest thing to build a diagnosis around.