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Why is My Cat Sneezing?

Posted February 26, 2015 in Cat Diseases & Conditions A-Z

Cat sneezing

Ever catch your cat sneezing? No fear, the occasional sneeze is not a big deal! When a cat sneezes, he’s just releasing high-pressure air from his nose and mouth.

However, if your cat is excessively sneezing (more than just a few times a day or more than a few days in a row), a veterinary visit may be necessary. This is especially important if you notice additional clinical signs besides the sneezing such as:

What can cause sneezing?
Typically, sneezing may be due to:

  • Allergens such as dust, pollen, and fur
  • Foreign material such as grass, small pieces of plant seed, etc.
  • Upper respiratory infections (e.g., calicivirus, herpesvirus)
  • Inflammation of the upper respiratory infection (e.g., rhinitis)
  • Infection in the lungs (e.g., pneumonia) secondary to an upper respiratory infection
  • Infectious causes (e.g., upper respiratory infections, fungal infections, etc.).
  • Cancer (often squamous cell carcinoma)

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Justine has more than 18 years of experience in the veterinary industry and is a board-certified emergency critical care veterinary specialist and toxicologist as well as the CEO and founder of Vetgirl. She is also a founding member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.