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Why Is my New Kitten Sneezing?


Question: Why Is my New Kitten Sneezing?
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I adopted my 4 month old kitten less than two weeks ago. So far, she has been vaccinated and spayed. In every respect she seems very healthy. The problem is that she keeps sneezing. I thought perhaps that it was due to my heating vents, which blow a lot of dust around, or the air fresheners/disinfectants that I spray regularly. But I am not sure. Should I be worried? She shows no other symptoms of cold or flu. Thanks

Congratulations on starting off your kitten right, with her shots and particularly with spaying. She's going to be a much happier healthier cat, thanks to you.

As to her sneezing, it's a tough call. I'm assuming she wasn't sneezing when you first took her to the vet?

For starters, I'd suggest laying off spraying air fresheners and disinfectants, to see if that makes a difference. Also, you need to be careful with the disinfectants, particularly if she walks on the surface you spray and then licks her pads. Many disinfectants contain chemicals that can be quite harmful to cats. Plain bleach mixed with water makes a fine, safe disinfectant for cleaning a litter box, and works well for other surfaces, such as kitchen counters and sinks. It leaves a nice, clean scent, so you shouldn't need additional air fresheners.

It's a good idea to check the litter you use, also. Some litters (particularly the clay type) throw up a lot of dust when kitty scratches in the box, and can exacerbate allergy problems in both cats and humans.

I would watch her for a few days. If she shows any other symptoms of an upper respiratory infection, such as watery eyes, snuffling or coughing, or if she continues sneezing after you've eliminated spraying, she really should be seen by your veterinarian.

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