Why Does My Kitten Keep Sneezing?
As purrents of momma cats who just gave birth to their litters, we tend to become overzealous about the condition of the cat babies. We make sure that they are in the best-heated cat beds there is to keep them warm; we may be alarmed when the kittens suddenly do not move, or puke, or sneeze like there's no tomorrow. At this point, we are going to talk about reasons as to why does a kitten keep sneezing?
For sneezing too much, you are starting to think that this kitten can actually be one of Snow White’s Seven Dwarves – Sneezy! Well, let us see if it something you should be worried about and the things that you can do when this happens to your cats.
Is it Normal For Kittens to Sneeze?
Just like how natural sneezing can be for humans; sneezing is also normal for cats. There is very little difference to the functionality of a sneeze between a human and a cat. Sneezing in both species is a bodily defense mechanism which expels unwanted foreign bodies that may become a threat and cause unnecessary virus and diseases.
A sneeze every now and then can be quite normal – no worries there! But at the moment the sneezing becomes frequent and more severe, it could mean something more than the ordinary. Before we delve into this, you have to first identify the common causes of sneezing in kittens.
Possible Reasons Why Kitty Has Excessive Sneezing
Since sneezing is a defense mechanism from foreign substances that may be harmful to the body, frequent sneezing could mean that the kitten’s body is fighting hard to keep these substances out of the kitten’s body. It could be a case of viral, bacterial or fungal infections. Usually, you will also notice the following symptoms when there is a possibility that your kitten is experiencing an immune system attack:
- Lethargic movements and apparent weakness
- Lack of appetite – food and water
- Bodily discharge – from the eyes and the nose
- Coughing, wheezing, experiencing difficulty in breathing
- Diarrhea and evident dehydration
- Ailments that have sneezing as a common symptom include FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and feline calcivirus.
A kitten’s reaction to certain medication
Prescribed medications that are applied topically are the usual culprits here. Vaccines, antibiotics, treatments and other medicines can cause the sneezing. Most often than not, it is an indication that the medication-induced some sort of reaction from your kitten.
You better watch out for certain flea medications and treatments, some can become too strong for a tiny kitty. As soon as you notice the kittens sneezing uncontrollably, perhaps it is time to take the matter to your resident veterinarian.
Look out for allergic reactions!
Kittens are too young and have quite underdeveloped body systems – making them prone to contracting allergies and illnesses. You might want to check the area where your momma cat has settled its litter for the possible presence of trigger agents, pollutants and allergens such as:
- Dust and mold
- Pollen from plants
- Smoke – from cigarettes or candles
- Certain chemicals – detergents, cleaning agents, pesticides, and insecticides
- Daily needs – some cat litter are not dust-free cat litter, dust coming from the cat litter itself may be causing the allergic reaction, thus the unstoppable sneezing. Sometimes, the allergens are in the kitten's food and water
What can you do?
Now that we have a better understanding of why does a kitten keep sneezing, we can now proceed to address these causes. The proper response to these causes results to sneeze-free kittens!
1. The first thing you should do is to identify the causes of the sneeze-a-thon. In this way, you can take the necessary and correct steps to prevent the sneezing
2. Make sure to keep your kitten’s environment clean and tidy. Change their beddings as often as possible. Keep their area as hygienic as possible – as you would with an infant
3. Change their food, water, and litter. If this appears to be the culprit, try to change brands and see if something will change
4. Eliminate the sources of possible allergens. So to speak, keep the kittens away from these allergens
5. Immediately set up an appointment with your vet if symptoms persist, especially if the sneezing is coupled with symptoms of other impending diseases
While a sneezing kitten can be too cute for its own good, too much of something can mean something bad. Let us watch our kittens much more closely when they start to sneeze more than usual or out of the blue. They are precious little furballs that need utmost care and attention.