Among humans, cats are one of the foremost causes of asthma attacks and sneezing because of their fur. You probably won't believe this, but cats themselves can also be victims of sneezing and allergy attacks. They are as likely as humans to experience sinusitis, or get infected with colds, or even have adverse reactions to allergens in their surroundings.
What can cause sneezing or allergies in cats? There are many possible allergens in a cat's environment. Household cleansers, for example. The ingredients in the cat grooming supplies may also be a source of allergy. Dust and pollen are also possible culprits.
If you have a sneezing cat, you might want to take note of these tips to help remedy your cat's sneezing problem:
- Play Sherlock Holmes. This means you will need to be observant and to investigate the possible causes of your cat's sneezing. You can do this by observing which area in your home your cat experiences the sneeze attacks. Often, the cause of your cat's allergy is environmental. At other times, it can be the food that you are feeding it. Once you have identified the cause of the allergy, the next logical step is to eliminate it. Or, at the very least, to prevent your cat from being exposed to the same source.
- Do not let the dust gather. If you clean your house diligently and thoroughly, you are not only minimizing allergies caused by dust sensitivity for your cats but for other residents in your home, as well. When cleaning dusty areas, use a vacuum cleaner or wipe the dust away with a damp cloth. Do not rouse the dust.
- Keep your cat away from smoke. Smoke from burning objects (like dry leaves, grass, etc.) as well as cigarette smoke can provoke a sneeze attack in your cat. If your cat is allergic to smoke, you should not let it near areas where there is smoke. If you are a smoker, you should avoid smoking near your cat.
- Try a little moisture. Excessively dry air can often cause sneezing and other respiratory irritations both in cats and humans. To remedy the condition, you can try spraying some water into your room. For this, you can use a vaporizer. The moisture and humidity sometimes help alleviate the sneezing.
- Help your cat's immune system. Just as humans are, cats also become more susceptible to colds and other diseases if their immune system is weakened or compromised. To help your cat avoid such illnesses, you can give it vitamin supplements (especially those with fatty acids) that strengthen feline immune systems.
- Reduce your cat's stress. Just like humans, cats respond to stress, too. When they are stressed, they become more prone to diseases and illnesses. Thus, try to avoid stressful conditions or situations for your cat. Examples of stressful situations for cats are moving into a new house or having to deal with a new household pet.
Cats are fragile creatures. You might think that they are invincible because of their flexible bodies and their stately, graceful manners. If your cat is more than just sneezing (e.g., your cat is truly having labored breathing), you should take it immediately to a veterinarian because the cat's health condition may be worse than allergy.