Why is my cat sneezing so much all of a sudden?

Table of contents:

  1. Why is my cat sneezing so much all of a sudden?
  2. How can I tell if my cat has a cold?
  3. How do you tell if a cat has an upper respiratory infection?
  4. Does my cat have an upper respiratory infection?
  5. Why is my cat always congested?
  6. Why does my cat keep sneezing snot?
  7. How do you treat chronic congestion in cats?
  8. How can I reduce my cats nasal inflammation?
  9. How do you treat nasal polyps in cats?

Why is my cat sneezing so much all of a sudden?

Sneezing is a common symptom of upper respiratory infections (URIs) in cats. Often referred to as the “common cold” or the “cat flu”, upper respiratory infections can be viral, bacterial and even fungal, although that's less common.

How can I tell if my cat has a cold?

Sneezing and sniffles are signs that your cat has a cold, but you may be wondering how it happened in the first place. And, more importantly, how you can avoid it in the future. Just like colds in humans, cat colds are contagious.

How do you tell if a cat has an upper respiratory infection?

Feline Upper Respiratory Infection Symptoms

  1. Sneezing.
  2. Congestion.
  3. Runny nose.
  4. Cough.
  5. Clear to colored nasal and eye discharge.
  6. Gagging, drooling.
  7. Fever.
  8. Loss of or decreased appetite.

Does my cat have an upper respiratory infection?

Symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections include clear or colored discharge from the eyes or nose, coughing, sneezing, swelling of the mucous membranes around the eyes (conjunctivitis, see Figure 2), ulcers in the mouth, lethargy, and anorexia. In rare cases, cats may have trouble breathing.

Why is my cat always congested?

This is termed post-viral rhinitis (nasal inflammation), and is thought to be one of the most common causes of chronic rhinitis in cats. In severe cases, the bacterial infection can spread to the underlying bone and cause an osteomyelitis (infection within the bone).

Why does my cat keep sneezing snot?

One of the main causes of sneezing is infection. In some cases, the vet may take a swab from the mouth, throat, eyes, or nose and send it to a lab to confirm an infection. Inhaled irritants or allergens are other common causes of sneezing in cats. Viral, bacterial, or fungal infections.

How do you treat chronic congestion in cats?

Treatment of rhinitis. Cats with acute or chronic rhinitis are usually treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics in an attempt to control secondary bacterial proliferation in the nasal cavity. Cats with acute disease generally improve rapidly, sometimes even before antibiotic therapy has time to be effective.

How can I reduce my cats nasal inflammation?

At home, you can try using a plain (non-medicated) saline nasal spray (available over the counter at any drugstore) if your cat tolerates it. It will help thin any “stuck” mucus and often stimulates sneezing, which helps expel mucus and bacteria.

How do you treat nasal polyps in cats?

How are nasal polyps treated? Nasal polyps can often be surgically removed with traction or avulsion (pulling or tearing). With your cat under general anesthesia, your veterinarian will use forceps to grip, twist, and pull the polyp free from its attachment.