What Does a Cat Sneeze?


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When a cat sneezes, air is released explosively through her nose and mouth. Sneezing in cats is often due to irritants, such as dust or pollen. Excitement or motion can also cause sneezing.

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Observant owners may detect patterns to their cats' sneezing in response to airborne allergens. Common culprits that sometimes cause allergic reactions in cats and precipitate sneezing include perfume, cigarette smoke, household cleaners, cat litter and scented candles.

Persistent sneezing or sneezing accompanied by other symptoms, such as discharge from the nose and eyes, lethargy, fever and loss of appetite, may signify an upper respiratory infection or a more serious disorder. These may require veterinary evaluation and treatment.

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