2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
Have you ever caught your cat sneezing? If it is an occasional phenomenon, there is nothing to worry about. However, if it happens more than a couple of times a day and / or for several consecutive days, a visit to the vet may be necessary. We will talk here what it can be if the cat sneezes too often.
The causes usually they are attributable to:
- Vaccines: some intranasal vaccines administered to prevent respiratory infections can cause frequent sneezing for a few days, but it is a harmless and temporary phenomenon that resolves itself;
- Chemical irritants: occasionally breathing in chemical fumes or odors associated with some types of solvents causes inflammation of the nasal mucosa. Sneezing is the way in which the animal's body tries to get rid of irritation. Some cats may also be sensitive to the smell of tobacco and some perfumes;
- Allergens like dust, pollen and hair. Allergic reactions that cause sneezing are less common in cats than in dogs, but they cannot be completely ruled out;
- Foreign bodies like grass, seeds, dirt that have made their way into the nasal cavity. The first result is the irritation of the area, subsequently you risk an infection if it is not expelled by sneezing;
- Viral infections such as rhinotracheitis (feline herpes), chlamydia (which often causes conjunctivitis) and feline calicivirus (highly contagious, can cause pneumonia);
- Bacterial infections;
- Infections from mushrooms;
- Dental problems: sneezing and loss of mucus from the nose are the most frequent symptoms of these disorders, which can spread to the rest of the body if not treated;
- Tumors (mostly squamous cell carcinoma, particularly aggressive).
When you take your cat to the vet, it will be essential for the latter to become aware of which symptoms accompany sneezing for the better circumscribe the causes. Here are the most frequent symptoms:
- Excessive tearing
- Tendency to squint, perhaps caused by irritation of the cornea:
- Runny nose (with mucus that is usually clear but may take on a yellowish color);
- Difficulty chewing due to any ulceration on the tongue or mouth
- Loss of blood or bloody mucus from the nose
- Loss of appetite, anorexia;
- Red eyes (due to conjunctivitis);
- Mouth ulcerations
- Wheezing and noisy breathing;
- Weight loss;
- Swollen or unusually shaped nose.
If your cat's symptoms include sneezing, tearing and excessive salivation, half-closed eyes and you have recently adopted it, the cause is probably an upper respiratory tract infection due to herpes or calicivirus. Fortunately, the prognosis tends to be positive in these cases, but if you have more than one cat at home it is important to keep them isolated from them and get them vaccinated, as these are very contagious ailments.
Also keep in mind that these viruses can stay hidden in the organism of animals and manifest themselves several times during their life, perhaps when they are particularly stressed.
There are also infections such as FeLV and FIV that involve the cat's immune system and predispose it to the risk of viral and bacterial infections, which in turn cause sneezing.
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