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7 Causes of Cat Sneezing

Reviewed by Dr. Peter Kintzer, DVM, DACVIM on Monday, June 20, 2016
Posted June 20, 2016 in Cat Diseases & Conditions A-Z

cat sniffing flowers might sneeze

Ever see a little kitten wrinkle its nose and let out with a cute sneeze?  It sounds sort of like “Pfft!” and may or may not be accompanied by a few droplets.

We all sneeze on occasion for what is seemingly no reason. As you might imagine, If your cat sneezes once in a while, and is otherwise active and normal, it is probably nothing to worry about. However, if your cat’s sneezes are more than occasional or are accompanied by blood or mucus, or if your cat has a concurrent discharge from his eyes or also has a cough, the sneeze may be a sign of more significant problems.

Whether you’re concerned, or just curious, read on for some possible reasons why your kitty might sneeze:

1. A simple, benign tickle
This may be the most obvious cause for sneezing. A simple tickle in the cat’s nose, such as a bit of dust or a mild chemical irritant, can cause a reflexive sneeze. Think of the animated cat that sneezes when he inhales a bit of pepper. This kind of sneezing is not unlike scratching a tickle or an itch.

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Mike has more than 35 years of experience in companion animal veterinary practice and is a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2013.