This HuffPost Canada page is maintained as part of an online archive.

Why Your Cat Is Sneezing

Humans aren't the only ones with allergies.

Seeing a kitty sneeze is actually pretty cute, but thinking that your furry friend is getting sick isn't.

Just as with humans, the occasional sneeze is nothing to be concerned about, but if sneezing won't stop, it could be a sign of more serious problems.

And again like humans, cats can also suffer from allergies as a result of exposure to pollen, dust, mold, candles, smoke, litter, perfume and cleaners. These allergens may also cause itchy skin, watery eyes and runny noses in your cat.

If you notice your cat sneezing often, it is important to pay attention to your pet's surroundings and contact your veterinarian if problems persist.

According to Animal Planet, if cats over the age of three suffer from frequent sneezing and stinky breath, they maybe experiencing tooth trouble, including gum disease and rot.

Cats who frequently sneeze and suffer from mucous build up around the nose and eyes may also be battling an infection and should see a vet for antibiotics.

Some of the most common viral infections cats suffer from are herpes and calicivirus, both of which are not contagious to humans, Web MD reports.

Cats are also susceptible to leukemia, chlamydia, bordetella, mycoplasma and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). In rare cases, excessive sneezing in cats has been linked to cancer.

Sneezing paired with other symptoms like discharge, fever, drooling, weight loss, wheezing, coughing, diarrhea and poor coat condition are all signs your cat should be checked by a professional.

Also on HuffPost

Men and Cats

This HuffPost Canada page is maintained as part of an online archive. If you have questions or concerns, please check our FAQ or contact