The Simple Nose Tickle
Why do cats sneeze? Well, maybe it’s just a really good time for them to do so! Ask your friends, and you’ll likely hear them echo the same answer – because it’s totally natural, right? Wrong.
The fact is, cats sneeze (and snore) for many different reasons. A simple nose poke from a tick or flea can trigger off a bout of sneezing. A small noxious substance, like all those chemicals we use in our homes, can also trigger off a bout. A foreign body, like a tiny piece of lint, hair or grass, can also trigger off a bout. In general, though, the most common reason why do cats sneeze is due to inhalation of irritants.
Irritants are everywhere, and the house seems to be teeming with more of them than ever before. Think about the air we’re all breathing at times. When you go to your nose and blow, you’re blowing tons of stuff that’s going inside you – which means that you’re getting some sort of allergens, dust mites, pollens and chemicals in your system. With humans, there are various different types of allergies that are triggered by these substances – but with pets, the triggers tend to be the same, whether you have cats, dogs or even hamsters. Cats are very sensitive to the many irritants and allergens we put in our bodies, and this is why they have problems with sneezing.
The truth is, cats are much more sensitive than people are to a lot of things in the environment. This sensitivity has caused a number of health problems among felines (namely, allergies and feline sneezing), and the tendency to get cat sneezing can be inherited. If one of your parents or grandparents had problems with an allergy, there’s a pretty good chance you could get it too – although genetics play a part, it’s not guaranteed. In fact, it’s quite possible that your first cat sneezed right after birth, long before their eyes opened.
It’s also likely that you’re not giving your cat enough nutritional support. Unlike humans, cats have to get nutrients from somewhere, and most of the time, their food (or “food” for want of a better word) is in the wild. This means that if you give them table scraps or other inferior nutrition, they’ll feel deprived and start to look for it in their environment, which could lead to all sorts of health problems. If you’ve got a pet, check out what nutrients (if any) your cat is getting, and if you don’t start giving your cat better food – including more pure protein and more fat.
Finally, you might not be taking care of your feline friend very carefully. Cats are incredibly clean animals, and they like to keep themselves clean. However, an unkempt cat might find it difficult to breathe, and this unkempt air could cause the formation of bacteria. In fact, some studies have found evidence that cats who were kept in closed quarters and weren’t given access to fresh air for extended periods developed infections more quickly than cats who were able to roam freely. A cat sneezing is a result of the buildup of bacteria and allergies – and it’s easy to prevent this by keeping your cat as clean and well-fed as possible.