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Like you, the cause of your kitten’s sneeze could be many. The occasional sneeze is a part of its life and should be disregarded. Constant sneezing, however, could be a sign of illness. You should be concerned when the sneeze is accompanied by nasal discharge. A lack of appetite is also a warning that all may not be right.
Dust and allergies
The occasional sneeze is caused by dust or fur which tickled its nose. These furry animals are more susceptible to dust as the nose of the kitten is only a few inches away from the floor. A dusty floor thus equals more sneezing. To stop this, simply clean the floor and maintain a dust-free environment. If your cat sneezes, but there is no nasal discharge, then there is a fair chance of an object blocking its nose. Take it to the veterinarian. Do not try to bring out the object by yourself.
A few cats suffer from allergies. Sneezing for them can be caused due to a number of external factors like cleaning supplies, mold, smoke, perfumes, and pesticides. The signs of an allergy include sneezing and scratching. The animal will also have a red nose and eyes. If you believe your kitten suffers from an allergy, there is a possibility it is reacting to something present in the air. It is possible to reduce probable allergens present in your home, especially in locations where the cat spends a majority of its time. If you cannot stand to see your cat suffer, take it to the veterinarian. There are multiple medications to treat cat allergies.
Your cat could also suffer from viral, fungal, or bacterial upper respiratory infection. These show up in the constant sneezing accompanied by other symptoms like nasal discharge, lethargy, breathing difficulties, coughing, or lack of appetite. The presence of these symptoms means your kitten could suffer from illnesses like feline immunodeficiency virus or FIV. There are also chances of chlamydia or peritonitis. A majority of such diseases could be prevented by vaccinations. It is hard to treat an unvaccinated, infected cat. Another highly contagious and common disease is the calicivirus. The feline calicivirus results in breathing and sneezing issues. A majority of the vets vaccinate kittens to prevent them catching this disease. One good thing about calicivirus is that the disease goes away by itself after a week. A few strains, however, are more potent and cause serious physical damage to your cat. If you see a coughing cat other than your own, keep your kitty away from the sick cat. Do not allow the sick cat to play with yours until the former regains health. For any issue, take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible.