If Your Kittens’ Sneezin’, Find Out The Reason
If you respond in a timely fashion, a kitten sneezing is not a big health problem in virtually all cases. Here are some of the causes of sneezing and suggested actions to take to help your kitty get better.
- Temperature not normal – The cat’s temperature should be about 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature over 103 could mean a respiratory infection. You should see your veterinarian who will most likely give antibiotics. Also, giving nose drops can ease the discomfort. If the kitty’s nostrils seem red or sore, you can use an eye ointment, as long as it is not aromatic, and clean her nose several times a day with a warm damp soft cloth.
- Something inhaled and lodged in airways – the kitten could have inhaled environmental material that has become stuck in the nose or elsewhere. It should go away once the kitten has sneezed a number of times. Usually there will be nasal drainage in this case. Cleaning products, fragrances, excessive dust, can irritate the kitten just as they do human beings. Other factors could be dust in cat litter, insecticides or any aerosol sprays or asbestos – fiberglass. Other offenders are mold or pollen on houseplants or tracked in from the outdoors.
- Cat or Kitten Flue – This flue can be a virus, or bacteria. If it is bacterial, the vet will treat it with antibiotics. It is not cause for alarm. However, the infection may linger indefinitely. Your kitten may sneeze a lot and then stop for quite a while, only to start sneezing again much later.
- An abscessed tooth – Cats have a tooth that is close to the nasal passages. If the molar or teeth next to it are infected, that may be the cause of your kitten sneezing.
- Breed of kitten with compressed facial characteristics – Persians and some other cat breeds have the flat-faced appearance. It constrains the nasal passages so that it is easier for kittens to get infections, or get irritants lodged in the airway causing them to sneeze.
- A reaction to a rhinotracheitis vaccine – after your kitten receives this shot it may cause sneezing and a runny nose, but only for a few days. If it persists, see your vet.
In closing, if your kitten is sneezing hold off on getting any shots, as the shots will lower their ability to fight off illnesses. Your cat may loose weight if she can’t taste or smell. To counteract this, the smellier the food you provide the better, as the odor will prompt her to keep eating. Typically, the lower quality canned cat foods are the smelliest.
Congestion can be treated with some drugstore or pet store medicines. You can even try Clortrimeton. Use one forth of a pill 2 times a day to break up congestion. If your kitten’s eyes are dripping you can use an ointment called Terramycin.
It is important to phone your vet and describe symptoms when you notice your kitten sneezing. Many times, they can advise you without an office visit and you can take care of your kitty and get her well again without spending your whole paycheck at the vets.