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Cat Sneezing Questions

Cats may sneeze because of various reasons such as respiratory infections, allergies to something in their environment or any other underlying condition. If a cat only sneezes and does not display any other symptoms it may not be cause for concern. If there are other symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, nasal or eye discharge, etc. an individual may have some questions about the cause of constant sneezing or what the treatment is. Listed below are some of the commonly asked questions about cat sneezing that have been answered by Experts.

Can human medications be given to a cat to treat sneezing?

Often, a cat sneezes because they have a feline flu. Vets may advise against giving a cat a human medication for sneezing because some medications may contain anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or paracetamol that can be toxic to cats.

What causes continuous sneezing in a cat?

Some of the common causes of continuous sneezing in cats are listed below:

• Upper respiratory viral infection which may last between 7 and 10 days. Some of the symptoms of this infection are sneezing, nasal discharge, red eyes, ocular discharge, decreased appetite, lethargy and vomiting.

• Allergy or sensitivity to something which may be treated with the help of an antihistamine like Benadryl. The cat may be given 1mg (milligram) for every 1 pound of its body weight once every 12 hours. Individuals must make sure that the Benadryl contains only Diphenhydramine and no other ingredient like a decongestant.

What is the treatment for sneezing in an elderly cat?

Sometimes, there are not many over-the-counter medications to treat a cat for sneezing. If it is caused because of an allergy, a cat can be given Benadryl at a dose of 1mg (milligram) per pound two times a day. If the sneezing is caused because of a viral or bacterial infection, nasal polyp, tumor or any other type of sickness, a cat may have to be seen by a vet to determine the treatment. Dehydration is often a concern because of a cat this age. The cat can be hydrated with the help of a 50:50 mixture of Pedialyte and water if the cat is not drinking or eating anything else.

What antibiotics can be given to a cat that is sneezing because of an upper respiratory infection?

Often a cat can be given antibiotics if it shows other symptoms of an upper respiratory infection such as lethargy, loss of appetite or difficulty in breathing as well as sneezing. Antibiotics that are given to a cat are Clavamox or Azithromycin.

Is it normal for an elderly cat to get sudden bouts of sneezing?

It may be normal for an elderly cat to have sudden bouts of sneezing. Typically, the most common cause for this is feline herpes virus. Since the cat is older, the sneezing may also be caused because of other reasons such as dental disease, foreign objects in the nose, a tumor or polyp.

Can constant sneezing be a sign of feline leukemia or FIV in a cat?

Though sneezing may not be a common symptom of feline leukemia or FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus), it may occur in rare situations. The cat can be seen by a vet for feline leukemia and a FIV test to confirm whether the sneezing is in fact caused because of these conditions.

Should a cat that is continuously sneezing with watery eyes and nasal discharge be taken to a vet?

Individuals may have to take a cat that is continuously sneezing with watery eyes and nasal discharge to a vet if they see any of the following symptoms:
• The cat stops eating
• The nasal discharge is yellow in color
• The discharge from the cat’s eyes is yellow in color
• The cat has difficulty breathing
• The cat cannot open its eyes

Continuous sneezing can make a cat tired and weak. It is important to find the underlying cause of the sneezing in order to find a treatment. Since the sneezing may be caused because of different reasons, it may not be easy for an individual to determine its exact cause. An individual may want to speak to someone about the sneezing and ask any questions that they may have about a cat’s condition. At such times, speaking to an Expert and getting questions answered about a cat’s sneezing problem can be helpful in treating the cat.
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