Why is My Cat Sneezing and How Can I Stop It?

Skylar Dial
Written by
Last update:

Why Do Cats Sneeze?

Some cats sneeze a lot and they can become chronic sneezers or have bouts of sneezing … sometimes repeatedly in the same day. Sometimes it can seem like cat sneezing has no apparent reason. But there are many reasons why cats sneeze. If you wish to know why you cat sneezes, here are a few common causes –

The most common reason why cats sneeze is an allergy or due to an allergic reaction. Sneezing when there is a certain substance or pollen in the air can be a very common experience for our feline friends. Cats love to watch the birds and sometimes birds drop their feathers in the garden. The sudden influx of feathers can easily trigger an allergy in cats. So cats that are very hyper and spend a long time outdoors are more prone to sneezing … this is why indoor pets sneeze less.

Upper Respiratory Infections

If your cat has started sneezing lately, you might be wondering why your cat is sneezing and how to make your cat stop sneezing.

Although this behavior is a bit out of the ordinary, it’s not a serious health condition in most cases. A cat’s sneeze can be the result of irritation of the upper respiratory tract or sinus. Structures within the upper respiratory tract and sinus include the throat, nasal cavities, nasal sinuses, the area behind the eyes, the area near the eyes, and the area behind the nose.

However, it’s important to rule out other causes because sneezing can also be a symptom of a medical condition, and taking the right course of action at the outset will prevent problems from escalating.

Your vet can help you get to the bottom of the cause by performing a variety of tests – from a simple exam to an x-ray or even take a sample of fluid from the nose to test further.


If you have a cat, you may have noticed they sometimes sneeze or snort. But it’s not as clear as a human sneeze. If you hear a sneeze, it’s a sneeze. But in cats, sometimes when they sneeze or snort, it’s so subtle it’s like they’re clearing their throat.

Although sneezing in cats isn’t usually cause for concern, the occasional sneeze is a sign of normal cat health. But when a cat sneezes a lot, this can be a sign of an underlying health issue including allergies, parasites or respiratory infections.

In this post, we’re gonna look at some of the most common causes of sneezing and snorting in cats and what you can do about it.

Other Causes of Sneezing:

When you have a sneezing cat on your hands, you may wonder if your furry buddy is coming down with a cold. Or even worse, you fear that the kitty sneezing could be a symptom of some horrible cat illness.

Fortunately, most sneezing is due to nothing to serious, but you still need to check out whether something could be causing your cat to sneeze a lot.

One common cause for a cat to be constantly sneezing is the way their nose and mouth is shaped. Many cats simply don’t have enough nose room to expel air from their lungs.

Other signs of an upper respiratory problem could be found in your pooch’s discharge. If you notice any mucus, or if you can hear wheezing, it’s a pretty good indication that your cat is having trouble breathing properly.

But even without a discharge, if your cat is consistently sneezing, or if your breathes through an open mouth, you may want to bring your cat to the vet.

When to Worry About Sneezing

Cats can sneeze for a variety of reasons and it can be difficult to determine whether a sneeze is just a sneeze or something more concerning like feline respiratory disease (FVRD) or feline asthma.

If your cat sneezes as part of a cold or viral infection, it will usually clear up on its own. A cold or viral infection is basically just a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and watery eyes.

In more serious cases, cats with FVRD can experience a nasal discharge (yellow or green mucus), difficulty breathing or even wheezing. We will discuss FVRD during this post, but other serious conditions can also cause your cat to sneeze.

When we take a closer look at the possible causes of a sneezing cat, we realize that many of these things are actually more common in cats.

Did you know that sneezing is one of the most common feline behaviors? Unfortunately, sneezing can turn into a problem very quickly, and it is often difficult to know when it’s just a cat sneeze and when there is a more serious problem.