do cats have allergies sneezing

Allergies. Cats may have allergies to a variety of substances. They may be allergic to pollen, plants, fleas, mold and mildew, or even other animals. If your cat has an allergy and is exposed to the allergen in question, they will probably sneeze, just like a human might.

Sneezing and Other Symptoms

Sneezing in cats can have a variety of accompanying symptoms, including infections and other issues. These symptoms may include:

  • Eye discharge, swelling, or ulcers
  • excessive nasal discharge that can occasionally be green or yellow in color and indicate a bacterial infection
  • Fatigue or depression
  • Fever
  • Drooling
  • Decreased appetite or weight loss
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Wheezing or coughing
  • Poor coat condition
  • Trouble breathing
  • Diarrhea

Causes of Sneezing in Cats

Cat sneezes can have anything from minor causes like a dust particle tickling their nose to major ones like cancer. If your cat is just sneezing and not exhibiting any other symptoms, a minor issue is probably the cause.

  • “Nose tickle”
  • Strong, chemical smell
  • Allergies
  • Infections (viral or bacterial)
  • Dental disease
  • Foreign object
  • Cancer

We’ll go over each of these reasons in the sections that follow, along with when to call your veterinarian.

It might just be a tickle if your cat only sneezes a few times and there don’t appear to be any other symptoms. This may be brought on by their own fur, pollen, or dust. There is nothing serious about a nose tickle.

Strong chemical smells or other strong smells may cause your cat to react. They might not smell bad to you, but your cat might find them unpleasant. When they smell something strong that they don’t like, cats will sneeze.

Your cat might be reacting to the smell if they haven’t shown any other symptoms and you’ve recently cleaned or used perfume or air freshener.

Sneezing is a common symptom of allergies. Your cat may have allergies if they are sneezing more than usual and exhibit any of the following signs.

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy eyes
  • Runny eyes
  • Ear infections
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swollen paws
  • Sensitive paws
  • Excessive licking or grooming
  • Red skin
  • Dry skin
  • Excessive scratching

You can determine what type of allergy your cat has with the assistance of your veterinarian. Insect allergies, food allergies, and environmental allergies are the three primary categories.

Infections (Viral or Bacterial)

Infections can cause your cat to sneeze. They will usually be partnered with other symptoms.

  • Feline Herpesvirus type-1 (FVR)
  • Feline Calicivirus (FCV)

Both viral and bacterial infections have similar symptoms. These include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal Discharge
  • Discharge from eyes
  • Inflammation of eyelids
  • Ulcers
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Difficulty breathing

Sneezing can be caused by any of the three primary forms of dental disease in cats. Although dental disease is a common issue in cats, it is easily treatable and preventable if detected early.

Cats can get gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth resorption. If your cat exhibits any of the following symptoms, it could be one of these:

  • Swollen gums
  • Tender gums
  • Inflamed gums
  • Bleeding in the mouth
  • Pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty eating

If gingivitis is not treated, periodontitis and possibly tooth resorption will result. When a tooth starts to disintegrate and decay, it is called tooth resorption. It is too late to save the tooth by the time this appears. On the other hand, dental care and tooth extraction could preserve more teeth.

Your cat may sneeze if something foreign gets lodged in their throat or nasal passage. Your cat may also cough. It might seem like they’re attempting to extricate a hairball. In severe cases, they may also have trouble breathing.

Contact your veterinarian right away if you think a foreign object is the cause of the choking because it can be fatal. Rather than becoming more loose, the object might become more embedded.

Cats with cancer have occasionally been observed to sneeze. These are the other symptoms to watch out for, though they are not as common.

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Lack or loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lumps
  • Lethargy
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Wounds don’t heal

Cat cancer varies due to its numerous forms and causes. Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is one of the causes. Luckily, FeLV is rare.


What can I give my cat for allergies sneezing?

Treatment of Sneezing and Nasal Discharge in Cats Antibiotics, nasal decongestants, antihistamines, appetite stimulants and/or subcutaneous or intravenous fluids may be needed.

When should I worry about my cat sneezing?

Cats, like people and other animals, sneeze to clear irritating substances from their nasal passages. An occasional sneeze here or there is nothing to worry about, but sneezing that persists or is accompanied by other illness signs may indicate a problem.

How do I know if my cat has allergies or a cold?

In addition, allergies can often be accompanied by symptoms such as digestive upset (bloating, gas) or skin irritation and itchiness, two things not commonly seen with colds. If your cat is experiencing symptoms and you are unsure of the cause, it is always best to bring your cat in to be seen by a vet.