Is your cat sneezing so frequently that you feel like handing him a box of Kleenex? Your cat may be sneezing for any of many reasons. The culprit may be sinusitis, a cold or allergy. While sinusitis or a cold usually clears up on its own, an allergy needs to be identified and resolved. Your feline friend could be allergic to any number of allergens, including cleaning products, grooming products, dust or even outdoor pollen if your cat is an indoor/outdoor pet.
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Things you need
- Saline nose drops
- Fatty-acid supplement
Pay attention to when your cat sneezes the most. Where is she when she's sneezing? What has she been in contact with right before sneezing? If your cat is suffering from an allergy, these questions can help identify the allergen. Once the allergen is identified, the simple solution is to remove it. Cats can be allergic to flea shampoo, powders and collars as well as other substances.
Clean your house thoroughly. If your pet is allergic to household dust, a little extra cleaning can help reduce the symptoms.
Change the litter. Your cat could be allergic to the litter if he's creating a dust cloud every time he goes to the bathroom. Purchase a brand of litter with fine granules that clump.
Use a vaporiser to put moisture into the air. Being in an environment of constant dry air can cause sneezing and stuffiness in cats as well as humans. Moisture in the air can alleviate the symptoms.
Give your cat a fatty-acid supplement to boost her immune system and help reduce the chance of getting a cold.
Apply saline nose drops to help thin mucus in the nasal passages and relieve irritation that may cause sneezing.
Tips and warnings
- If your cat has hay fever or is allergic to outdoor pollen, keep him indoors during allergy season when symptoms are at their worst.
- If there is a thick discharge from the nose and/or other symptoms, such as fever, loss of appetite and lethargy, consult your veterinarian; these could be an indication of an infection that requires medical treatment.