So, you’re noticing that your cat has been sneezing a lot lately. And while an achoo or two from your kitty isn’t a cause for worry, it becomes a whole different story when there’s already cat nasal discharge and difficulty in breathing involved.
But don’t reach for that “conventional” medicine just yet because I’m here to guide you on the right natural remedies and strategies you can go for when dealing with a sneezing cat. Read on because you’re sure to be surprised with what I’m going to share in a bit.
The Truth when your Cat has a Sneezing Fit
If we’re being honest, the first thing that comes to your mind when you observe your cat sneezing frequently is reaching for decongestants and similar medications. While there’s nothing wrong with choosing to use a “traditional” medicine in dealing with a sneezy cat, a lot of people are not even aware that it’s not the only option to go for.
There are actually a number of cat sneezing home remedies available to keep this problem at bay, which I’m going to walk you through in just a few moments. For starters, let’s tackle a question that I’m sure probably crossed your mind once or twice: should you worry if your cat is sneezing?
Should You Worry if Your Cat is Sneezing?
The short answer is no. Sneezing is pretty much normal in cats and it is not a disease in itself. When your pet sneezes, his body is simply getting rid of irritants that may have made their way inside his throat or nose.
There’s really no need to get in a panic if your cat lets loose an occasional sneeze or two—or even three, for that matter—and then gets back to his usual, everyday routine. Now we’ve got that out of the bag, let’s discuss when you should be concerned about your cat’s sneezing…
So, When Should You worry if Your Cat is Sneezing?
While occasional sneezing is normal for your pet, it becomes entirely different when the sneezing becomes persistent and other factors are already involved. These factors include the appearance of nasal discharge, cat coughing and wheezing, sudden lethargy, unexpected loss of appetite, watery eyes, as well as difficulty in breathing.
If you notice these indications, it is highly likely that your precious pet is experiencing a case of the common cat cold, which is usually accompanied by mild respiratory infection. Next on our list are the possible causes why your cat is sneezy…
What Causes Sneezing in Cats?
Interestingly, there are two specific categories when it comes to the things that make cats sneeze. The first one is non-health-related and the second is health-related. Let’s go right ahead and distinguish one from the other, shall we?
When you say “non-health-related” causes of cat sneezing, these are things that make your kitty sneeze due to his everyday habits, behavior as well as activities, which you may also participate in.
These include nose tickles as well as contact with foreign, but generally harmless objects in and around your home such as an extra fluffy pillow, a feather, or a blade of grass in the yard.
On the other hand, “health-related” causes of cat sneezing are things that make your cat sneeze because they already have an effect on his overall health and wellness. Common examples of these are inflammation of the sinuses, appearance of pimples inside the nasal cavity, viruses, upper respiratory infection, as well as soreness of the sinuses due to a cat dental health issue.
Moreover, health-related causes of cat sneezing also include excessive inhalation of airborne particles such as dust and noxious chemicals from household cleaning products that may be lying around in and around your home.
Now let’s touch on terms that need to be clarified because they have the tendency to be confusing sometimes…
Sneezing vs. Cat Cold vs. Allergies
“Sneezing” refers to the response of a cat’s body to irritants that may have made their way inside his throat or nose. This physiological response is basically a blast of air from the lungs that is ejected through the mouth and nose.
A sneeze is either caused by the triggering of the trigeminal nerve or the “sneezing” nerve, which is located throughout a cat’s facial structure through sensory stimulation like tickling, or the result of a respiratory infection or inflammation of the sinuses.
On the other hand, a “cat cold” pertains to an infection of a cat’s upper respiratory tract and may be set off by a virus or bacteria. Sneezing is only one of the symptoms that will manifest when a cat catches a cold.
An “allergy” refers to anything that causes a reaction in your cat’s body, but does not cause the same effect to other cats. Examples of these include exposure to pollen or eating certain foods like shrimp and chicken. Besides sneezing, this reaction may also lead to the appearance of rashes and swelling all over your pet’s body.
Okay, let’s move on to another question that you’ve probably wondered about, too…
Can I get Sick from my Cat Sneezing on me?
The answer is no. Cats can’t pass on the cold to humans and vice versa. The microbes involved are specific for either a cat or a human and will tend to die immediately when placed in a different environment.
With that already cleared up, let’s next discuss if cat sneezing will go away on its own…
Will Cat Sneezing Go Away on Its Own?
The short answer is yes if it’s the run-of-the-mill occasional sneezing we’re talking about. However, if the sneezing already involves other factors like cat nasal discharge and cat respiratory infection, giving your pet an immediate and proper sneezing remedy will already be necessary to prevent the problem from getting worse.
Natural Remedies and Strategies That Help Keep Sneezing in Cats At Bay
And speaking of natural remedies and practical strategies you can keep in mind to deal with cat sneezing, these are as follows…
#1. Regular home cleaning and maintenance is a must.
The excessive buildup of dust, mold, and mildew can trigger allergic reactions in cats, which often involve a lot of sneezing. Always make it a point to schedule a regular home cleaning and maintenance to ensure that these unwanted allergens won’t be causing trouble for your pet.
Besides keeping in mind to change the drapes often, frequently giving your sink and toilet a good brushing also helps prevent the spread of mold and mildew. While regular home cleaning is a must, remember to keep household products tucked away properly, too, which brings us to our next bit of useful information…
Did you know that some household cleaning products contain chemicals like ammonia, formaldehyde, and bleach that can cause sneezing in cats? These include toilet and window cleaners, stain removers, as well as dishwashing detergents.
Given that most cats are very inquisitive, just make sure these household cleaning products are properly put away and you’re good to go.
#3. No smoking allowed.
Believe it or not, a regular cigarette contains more than seven thousand chemicals, with over two hundred of these known as harmful to humans and cats alike. What’s really alarming is that cigarette smoke mimics the effects of an allergic reaction as soon as it enters a cat’s body, which sets off chronic sneezing fits and many other adverse health consequences.
This also applies to vaping as well since it’s still smoking, but in a rather different way.
#4. Keep clear from scented items that may trigger sneezing in cats.
While this may sound surprising, there are seemingly harmless scented items inside your home that can make your cat go through bouts of sneezing. An example of this is a scented candle, which can contain artificial fragrances that can set off sneezing and even headaches.
If you’re a fan of scented candles, make it a point to go for single-scented varieties since they are more tolerable to your pet.
#5. Use a humidifier.
Having a humidifier in your home helps make the air inside moister. This helps prevent dryness of the throat and nose that can lead to irritation or inflammation of the sinuses.
Strawberries are abundant in Vitamin C, which helps fend off inflammation and infections. Infections affecting a cat’s upper respiratory tract will not just result in a lot of sneezing, but also to a number of other health issues.
Strawberries are so abundant in Vitamin C that they can even help inhibit respiratory tract infections during the peak of the cold season. And in case you’re wondering why I’m recommending strawberries instead of citrus fruits, oranges, limes, grapefruit, and other citrus varieties are basically toxic to cats.
And since we’re on the subject of natural remedies for sneezing in cats, I’d like to share with you my favorite sneezing cat remedy…
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A Quick Recap
You don’t have to immediately get your hands on conventional medicines and treatments when your cat is having a sneezing fit. Just keep in mind these hassle-free (and completely natural) sneezing cat remedies and you’re good to go.
Moreover, make sure you check out our Online Homeopathic Consultation to really start taking charge of your pet’s health and wellness today. Besides being specific to your pet, it also helps get to the root of his problem instead of just treating the symptoms.
The Online Homeopathic Consultation works well for all types of conditions—especially for pets dealing with multiple, chronic or behavioral issues. It will greatly help in achieving the quality of life you’ve always wanted for your cat.
HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA
Suzie Cyrenne has dedicated more than 20 years of her life in making and improving natural animal health solutions in the global setting.
Being the co-founder of Zumalka, Suzie is a forerunner in enhancing the lives of pets through natural and homeopathic options using the knowledge she has gained from the Classical Homeopathy School in Quebec.
Besides immersing herself in books, personal development and visiting new places, Suzie also enjoys keeping herself in tiptop shape by snowboarding and taking daily hikes with her husband and Zumalka co-founder, Matt Lessard, and their Golden-Doodle, Westin.