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Q: I have an 11 year old calico cat that sneezes constantly.

April 26, 2010 | By Lorrabella | 8 answers | Expired: 1439 days ago

She sneezes all day long, and this has been going on for a long time (as long as I can remember). Is there anything that can be done? It can't be from her food because when I adopted her from the animal shelter, they told me that the only food I could give her was Purina urinary track formula and that is all she ever gets.

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Nancy C.
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Apr 30, 2010

It could be allergies to litter, bedding or other environmental things. Cats do get seasonal allergies too. A good place to start is with a vet visit. Your cat may or may not need a prescription at first. Try to see if anything triggers a sneeze....such after napping on a certain blanket or after being near a room that sprayed with an air freshener. This may help narrow down just what the cause of the sneeze is.

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Kaitlyn K.
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Apr 28, 2010

my male cat does the same thing, except he gets really big boogers too. I have him on allergy shots to get him to stop lickin himself bald from it. I only get them seasonally, once in the fall and once in the spring to get him through the season. Talk to your vet about it and see what they can set up for you!

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daryl b.
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Apr 27, 2010

it does sound like an alergy but how can you be sure it is not the food. please take her to a vet to see if it is an alergy or an respitory infection

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lorraine B.
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Apr 27, 2010

What kind of Kittie litter do you use,my Candie sneezes a lot if we use scented litter,I have to use only unscented litter,the sneezing stopped after a day of using unscented,if that doesn't work then she needs to see a vet

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Kelly
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Apr 27, 2010

It definitely sounds like allergies. As Jillian said, Benadryl can be given - 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound twice a day, but I wouldn't do that until I checked with a vet. Its usually well-tolerated, but not always. First off, you want to make sure she really does have an allergy. Secondly, Benadryl isn't safe for every animal. It can interact with other medications & its not safe for animals with glaucoma; lung, heart, or some thyroid diseases; or high BP. Also some animals can be allergic to the drug itself. Some of the side effects include loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, & of course it has a sedative effect so it can make some animals very lethargic. It also causes urinary retention, so if your cat has urinary problems it might not be a good thing to give. Its always best to check with your vet before administering any meds.

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Gail S.
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Apr 27, 2010

I recommend that you take your cat to a Vetrinarian. It might be an Upper Respitory Infection which is common in cats and most of the time will not clear up on its own. Cats don't always appear sick even when they are. It is best to get your cat checked out by a Vetrinarian. I would also recommend that you never give your cat any people over the counter medication unless advised by a Vetrinarian. I hope it all turns out ok!

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Michele Z.
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Apr 26, 2010

It does sound like an allergy, but to what? You could try changing her food. If it is fish-based, your cat might be allergic to fish, so try chicken or turkey. If it is poultry, try feeding fish-flavored!

Keep a record of what type of food(s) you feed your cat and whether the sneezing has increased, decreased, or stayed the same.

Your cat could also be allergic to something on you (e.g., perfume) or something you are using in the house (e.g., air freshener).

Without knowing for sure if the sneezing is due to allergies and/or what your cat is allergic to, it will be difficult to determine the appropriate remedy. A vet exam may be your best bet. (And your cat could be given a prescription food that is low allergen.)

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Jillian
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Apr 26, 2010

it could be allergies, which can be treated w/an antihistamine - including benedryl if you don't want to get a prescription. could be more serious, like a deviated septum. this seems to come w/a lot of discharge though and i'd assume if she's gone this long w/something bigger and badder than allergies, she's probably alright. try the benedryl, i think it's half a pill every 8 hours, but don't quote me on that {zoomates, is that right?} and if that doesn't work, you can use a saline spray to clear out the passageway. this involves a plunger and saline solution. don't remember the dose for that either.

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