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Why Is My Cat Sneezing?

family-footerA few sneezes here and there is nothing to be concerned about when it comes to your feline family member, but if the sneezing is persistent, you’ll probably start to get worried—and understandably so! There are a number of reasons why your cat could be sneezing, and it’s best to get a professional veterinarian’s advice for a diagnosis. However, below we’ve listed some of the common reasons why sneezing cats visit our veterinary clinic.

Schedule an appointment for your cat today by clicking the button in the sidebar or giving us a call at (240) 252-7467!

Causes of Sneezing

There are two main causes of cat sneezing that can be broken down into smaller categories:

  1. Viral, bacterial, or fungal infections
  2. Inhaled irritants or allergens


In most cases, when a cat is sneezing, it’s caused by some sort of infection such as an upper respiratory infection. Although they are more common in younger cats, this illness can strike cats of any age. Thankfully, many of these infections can be prevented by early and complete vaccinations, so give us a call to talk about immunizations for your pet.

Two other common infections for cats are:

  1. Feline herpes virus – cats get feline herpes from contact with other cats, and it is not contagious to humans. Stress can cause flare-ups for your pet, and treatment is always focused on controlling the symptoms.
  2. Feline calicivirus – although mouth ulcers are the most common symptom of this virus, if can also affect the respiratory system and even lead to pneumonia. This is a highly contagious virus between cats.

If you believe your cat is suffering from any sort of infection, it’s important to visit our animal hospital today to get a diagnosis and begin treatment.


If your cat is always sneezing in response to certain environmental factors, such as just after leaving the litter box, just after your spray perfume or cologne, just after you’ve cleaned the house, etc., it could be due to an allergy or irritant. Some common irritants and allergens for cats include:

  • Perfume
  • Household cleaners
  • Litter boxes
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pest sprays
  • Candles
  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Mold

Talk to the professional vets at Germantown Vet to learn more about allergens in your cat.

Schedule an Appointment for Your Sneezing Cat

If your cat is experiencing persistent sneezing, the best thing you can do for him or her is visit our clinic. The experienced veterinarians at Germantown Vet can properly diagnose your furry family member and start treating any illness or allergen that is affecting him or her.

Contact us online or by phone at (240) 252-7467 to schedule your appointment at our Germantown, MD clinic.

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