Is your cat sneezing so frequently that you feel like handing him a box of tissues? Your cat may be sneezing for any number of reasons. The culprit could include sinusitis, a cold, or an allergy.
While sinusitis or a cold usually clears up on its own, an allergy needs to be identified and resolved. Your feline friend could be allergic to any number of things, including cleaning products, grooming products, dust, or even outdoor pollen. Your veterinarian will diagnose and treat the cause of your cat's sneezing, but these home remedies may help.
Feline allergy relief
Pay attention to when your cat sneezes the most. Where is she when she's sneezing? What has she been in contact with right before sneezing? If your cat is suffering from an allergy, these questions can help identify the allergen.
Cats can be allergic to flea shampoo, powders, and collars as well as other chemicals. Just like humans, felines may also be allergic to environmental allergens, like dust, pollen, grasses, mold, and mildew. Once the allergen is identified, the simple solution is to remove it.
Clean your house thoroughly. If your pet is allergic to household dust, a little extra cleaning can help reduce the symptoms. Wash her bedding weekly to get rid of any dust mites. You'll also want to change the litter. Your cat could be allergic to the litter if she's creating a dust cloud every time she goes to the bathroom. Purchase a brand of litter with fine granules that clump.
Cat sneezing home remedy
Use a vaporizer to put moisture in the air or use a nebulizer on your cat. Being in an environment of constant dry air can cause sneezing and stuffiness in cats as well as humans. Moisture in the air may help alleviate the symptoms.
If you don't have a vaporizer or nebulizer, you can simply take a hot shower and shut your cat in the bathroom with you while the room gets nice and steamy. Allow your cat to sit in the steamy bathroom for up to 15 minutes. The steam might help clear up your cat's sinuses and reduce his constant sneezing.
Cat sneezing medicine
Purchase a nonmedicated simple saline nasal solution for humans, typically available in your local drugstore. Apply saline nose drops to help thin mucus in the nasal passages and relieve irritation that may cause sneezing. Place one to two drops in each of your cat's nostrils.
The saline solution will not only help sooth your cat's irritated nose but it will help her sneeze out whatever mucous and bacteria is stuck in her airways. You can also place the solution on a cotton swab and use it to clean away any crustiness from the nose and the eyes.
Home remedies for cat colds
Although home remedies for cat colds, like using steam or saline nasal drops, may help your sneezy feline feel better, your best bet is to have your cat examined by a veterinarian. While a simple cat cold may resolve itself, it can sometimes lead to a secondary bacterial infection that will require antibiotics to treat.
Your cat may also stop eating because he can no longer smell his food if his nose is stuffy and he's sneezing. Give him some potent-smelling food, like tuna or mackerel, to tempt his taste buds or heat up some wet cat food in the microwave for a few seconds to enhance its aroma. If your cat still won't eat, your veterinarian may have to give him intravenous fluids as he recovers from his cold.