Why is my cat sneezing?

Sneezing in cats can be caused by a number of things. Most commonly it's from a feline upper respiratory infection (basically, a cold, but it can be worse depending on the virus that causes it). Sometimes it's caused by allergies (though they're pretty rare in cats) and sometimes it's caused by sniffing something up the cat's nose, such as hair or a piece of a leaf or grass.


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Sneezing is a symptom of something else, and there's not really anything you can do about it specifically - but you should watch your cat for other symptoms of illness. You need to take the cat to the vet if it has any other symptoms (lethargy, throwing up, general sickness, etc.) or if the discharge is thick, colored, or bloody. I'd also take it in if it goes on too long - a healthy cat should not be sneezing for more than a day or two.

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