My Cat Keeps Sneezing, Is This Normal?

Have you noticed your cat sneezing more than what seems usual? It’s common to feel a bit worried when our pets start showing new or unusual behaviors. Let us help you understand why your cat might be sneezing and when it might be time to reach out for professional help. At Mendocino Animal Hospital in Ukiah, CA, we’re always ready to answer your questions and provide the care your cat needs. If you’re concerned about your cat’s sneezing, give us a call at (707) 462-8833 to talk to one of our team members. Let’s explore together the reasons behind cat sneezing and find out what we can do to help our feline friends feel better.

Cat Sneezing

Understanding Cat Sneezing

Common Reasons for Sneezing

Sneezing in cats can be caused by a few different things. Sometimes, it’s as simple as a bit of dust or a strong smell that irritates their sensitive noses. But other times, sneezing can be a sign of something more. Let’s look at some common causes:

Colds and Respiratory Infections

Cats can catch colds just like people do. These colds can make them sneeze, have a runny nose, or even seem a bit under the weather. Respiratory infections, which are a bit more serious, can also cause sneezing and other symptoms.


Yes, cats can have allergies too! Things like pollen, dust, or certain household cleaners can bother their noses and lead to sneezing. If you notice your cat sneezing more at certain times of the year or in certain parts of your home, allergies might be the culprit.

Dental Problems

It might sound strange, but problems with their teeth or gums can also cause cats to sneeze. This is because the roots of some teeth are close to the nasal passages.

When to Call the Vet

Knowing when to seek help is important. Here are a few signs that it’s time to get in touch with Mendocino Animal Hospital:

  • Your cat sneezes a lot, more than just once in a while.
  • You see discharge from their nose, especially if it’s colored or thick.
  • Your cat seems less active or doesn’t want to eat as much as usual.
  • Sneezing is accompanied by other symptoms like coughing or wheezing.

How We Help Your Sneezing Cat

Diagnosing the Cause

When you bring your cat to us with concerns about sneezing, we’ll start with a thorough check-up. We might need to do some tests to figure out exactly what’s going on. This could include things like blood tests or x-rays. Our goal is to find out why your cat is sneezing so we can choose the best way to help them feel better.

Prevention and Care

There are steps you can take at home to help reduce the chances of your cat sneezing. Keeping your home clean and free of strong smells is a good start. Regular vet visits for check-ups and vaccinations are also key to keeping your cat healthy. And if allergies are the problem, we can talk about ways to manage them.

Mendocino Animal Hospital is Here to Help

Seeing your cat sneeze can be a little worrying, but often, it’s something that can be easily managed. The most important thing is to pay attention to your cat’s health and behavior. If you ever have concerns, remember that Mendocino Animal Hospital is here to help. Give us a call at (707) 462-8833 if you need advice or want to schedule an appointment. Together, we’ll make sure your cat gets the best care possible and returns to their happy, healthy self in no time.

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About Mendocino Animal Hospital

At Mendocino Animal Hospital, we believe in fostering the human-animal bond with excellent veterinary medicine. Our full-service veterinary practice operates in Ukiah, CA with a team of skilled veterinarians and a passionate, talented support staff who make you feel like a part of the family.

As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, every service and aspect of our practice meets AAHA’s Standards of Excellence. No matter what your pet comes in for, they’ll receive only the best in care, compassion, and service.