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Excessive Cat Sneezing and Nasal Discharge


Why is My Cat Sneezing?


Cats sneeze for many reasons, but if your cat or kitten sneezes a lot you may start to worry that there's something wrong. If sneezing is the only symptom your cat displays -- i.e., no discharge from eyes or nose, good appetite, no change in behavior or activity level -- then it is probably of no concern. However, when ocular or nasal discharge is seen, the cat may have a cold or upper respiratory infection.


Upper Respiratory Infection in Cats


An upper respiratory infection in a cat is more like influenza in people than like a cold because it can be very difficult to get rid of without medical help, especially in kittens, old cats, and those with chronic health problems. In some cases, it can prove fatal.


Cat Cold Symptoms


  • Sneezing, especially occurring as "spasms" over the course of a few hours, or frequently over several days.
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose; this may be watery, bloody, or thick and colored clear, yellow or green.
  • Coughing or excessive swallowing (if there is drainage into the back of the mouth and throat).
  • Lethargy (with or without hiding)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Raised third eyelid


Primary Cause


As with people, most colds start as a viral infection, followed by a bacterial infection.


Immediate Care & What to Give a Cat for a Cold


  1. Keep the eyes and nose free of discharge using cotton moistened with warm water.
  2. Warm canned cat food or meat flavored baby food to encourage your cat to eat.
  3. Provide plenty of fresh water for drinking.
  4. Do not try to give your cat any kind of medication without consulting your vet as many human medications can be toxic to cats.
  5. Any kitten, no matter how active, should be seen by a veterinarian at the first sign of a cold. However, if your cat refuses to eat or even move, it is urgent you bring the cat to a veterinarian immediately.

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  • Why do cats sneeze?
    11/13/2016 08:59pm

    This is a very informative post. I would add more informations:
    Your cat’s health lies in your hands. Any ill-health sign such as regular sneezing should worry you.

    If you notice that one sneeze follows another and the symptoms do not go away, then it is a serious condition which needs your attention.

    Viral, fungal and bacterial infections are the most common cause of sneezing in cats.

    You should identify the primary cause of sneezing and follow the treatment mechanisms discussed in the article we assure you that the results will be overwhelming.

    Source: https://goo.gl/pJhkca

  • Sneezing & Stuffy Cat
    12/27/2016 07:00am

    We have a 5 Year Old Long Haried Female cat. She is one of three we have in the house. She routinely will get very stuffy, and hacks and sneezes. This happens mostly in the evenings. There are no oral issues (Vet checked), no flea issues (Vet checked). She gets worse in the evenings. The other two cats in the house are fine. All are indoor cats. The house is closed up most of the time due to weather (Winter now). We have HEPA and Electrostatic filtration on our furnace, and the house fan run quite regularly. She has had this issue for several years. This past weekend, we brought her along to my in-laws for Christmas. While at their house, she didn't have a single problem. Our house has all Pergo, their house is Pergo and new carpet. Same food at both houses. There are no noticeable differences that I can see. Yet her stuffiness cleared within 2 hours at my in-laws house. Do you have any ideas on what could cause this, and how we would go about confirming anything?

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