my 3 yr old cat is sneezing a lot (several times a day). I don't see any gunk in his eyes or coming from his nose. Should I be concerned?
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 3
Name of Cat: Pepper
nothing...not sure what to do about a sneezing cat... He eats normally, plays normally, uses the litter box normally... but is mewing a lot and sneezing several times a day.
Hello,I am sorry to hear Pepper is having some trouble.One of the most common reasons for sneezing in cats is the Herpes virus( not contagious to humans) .For this we suggest starting a L lysine supplement . You can get this at any health food store or pet shop. 500mgs per day for 7 days then 250 mgs per day .You can also get this in treat form and one treat contains the daily recommended amount.'Click here for these treatsAnother possible cause could be allergies. This is a pretty common problem right now with the weather warming up so quickly.You can try over the counter Chlor-Trimeton at a dose of 2-4 mgs once per day .Click here for more on this To help relieve nasal irritation you can use saline nose drops. We recommend Little Noses for infants. 2-3 drops in each side of the nose twice daily.Sneezing can also be the first sign of an upper respiratory infection or foreign object in the nose. If he develops any discharge from the nose or eyes, stops eating or seems to decline in any way he should be seen by a vet.I hope this helps . Please reply back if you have additional questions or concerns. If you have no additional questions please remember to rate my service before exiting the site so I can be credited for my time.Best WishesCandy
thank you..we just moved, spent a week in a hotel in Hawaii and are now in a hotel in California while I find a place to live...the sneezing increased significantly in california. To narrow it down, my other cat hasn't sneezed at all - if it was bacteria or virus would the other cat also be sneezing? Just want to be sure before I traumatize him with drops of meds....
Ok.Herpes can flair up in times of stress such as a move, this is contagious so in most cases the other cat would have symptoms but not always.With the move it is also possible that allergies are playing a role. I would try the antihistamine and order some of the treats and see how he does, If this was bacterial I would expect to see runny eyes, possible loss of appetite etc. This would also in most cases spread to to other cat.You do not have to do the nose drops if you think it will stress him I just wanted your to have that optionCandyR41097.1253878125
Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
thank you...the move has been stressful (their first move - and plane ride) so I don't want to stress him too much more. I will try the antihistamine, it makes sense it might be allergies, just wasn't sure what/how much to give. Thanks again!
You are very welcome.I would get a Feliway plug in to use in the hotel room. These release cat calming pheromones that we can not smell and they work very well. This may help them adjust a little while you are there.I would start with 2mgs once per day and see if that helps.