Treating a Sneezing Cat?

February 20, 2017

My kitten is roughly 3-4 months, maybe a little older. She is either coughing or sneezing, I'm not too sure. She gets eye boogers and then her nose is doing something funky (shown in pic below). Her appetite is really good and she drinks bunches of water and uses the potty regularly.


Please help me with what I can do for this over the counter or on my own. We just got her and I wasn't aware of this until after we got her home. So wasn't money prepared for this.


February 20, 20170 found this helpful

From Pet MD:
One of the main causes of sneezing is infection. In some cases, the vet may take a swab from the mouth, throat, eyes, or nose and send it to a lab to confirm an infection. Inhaled irritants or allergens are other common causes of sneezing in cats. Viral, bacterial, or fungal infections.

I would at least call the vet. Maybe you can work out a payment plan. A pet is part of your family now. When you take a pet into your home you take the responsibility for taking care of it.

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

When you adopt a pet, you also adopt the responsibility for medical care. Please find a way to take your kitty to a vet now as it appears she has an infection that will only become worse and require much more expensive medical care.

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February 22, 20170 found this helpful

It would be best if you could take your kitten to the vet because it is difficult to tell just how sick she really is or what is the underlying cause.

I believe the best signs are that she is eating and drinking and using the bathroom without problem so it really appears she is on the mend.
Here is a site that has some home remedy info that you may want to read:

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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

You really wont know what is causing your cats respiratory illness until you see a Vet. Most likely it is an infection that will require antibiotics. These infections can proceed to something much more serious very quickly if not treated. If you cannot afford a Vet, you can surrender her to the local Humane society and she will be treated. But dont wait. Give her a chance.

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

Sounds like poor kitty needs a vet. I would contact a local vet and find out if any vet in the area offers pro bono vet care. Also call the shelter, which you should do anyway to alert them because chances are they have one cat infecting everybody els and they should be aware of that, for the sake of the other

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December 6, 20200 found this helpful

Like the lady said money wasnt planned. I fostered a cat that has cost ME not the foster agency over 2000$. The agency has never called me back or done what they said they would do to help me or more importanly the cat. Here we are 10 months later she is my cat by default.

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October 28, 2018

My kitten was born in insulation and didn't come out until she started walking. Now she has a runny eye, which is clear, and she sneezes like crazy, but not all the time.

There is discharge that comes from her nose when she sneezes. Should I see vet! Otherwise she is a happy cat, eating, drinking, and playing.


October 28, 20180 found this helpful

Oh please do take the kitten to the vet. If you haven't already taken her for a check-up she should be looked over right away, I am sure she needs shots and a though examination.

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October 31, 20180 found this helpful

If your kitten was not vaccinated it may be feline viral rhinopneumonitis (FVR). See your Vet right away for this and other vaccinations.

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November 8, 20180 found this helpful

G'day Jackgilroy42, I have just recently had the same problem with one of my very special (to me) rescue felines. She was blowing bubbles from her nose, eyes running, sneezing and generally really miserable and hot. The Vet said she has"Cat Flu" which is what another person said. HIV basically. Please look after her and take her to the Vet! She must have medication to feel better and improve her health.She is infectious as she is now, so keep her away from any other cats. Hope this gives you some idea of what the problem is. Love from Christine, Australia. Down under

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November 17, 2013

I am looking for a remedy for a kitten that is sneezing.

By Maria Keller Neal


November 18, 20130 found this helpful

Get it to the vet today. These things can go from bad to worse in no time at all.

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March 22, 2010

I have a cat who sneezes and when he does he has boogers that come out. What can I do for him?

By Chen from DE


March 22, 20100 found this helpful

Is this a new thing, or has your cat been doing it for a while? Either way, I'd suggest you take him in to the vet. I've had cats for maybe 25 years, and I've never had one sneeze boogers.

Additionally, someone in one of the archived posts below said she had good results when she changed her cat's food. That sounds like a reasonable thing to try, too. Just do it gradually, so you don't give him an upset tummy. Best of luck. I hope your kitty's sneezing and boogers are all cleared up soon!

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March 24, 20100 found this helpful

I'm not sure about cats, but I have a dog who had a similar thing and the vet said that things shouldn't come out of their noses or get "the sniffles" like humans do. I would take your cat to the vet as soon as you can to see what the cause is.

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March 24, 20100 found this helpful

Hello, I have worked for a Veterinarian for over 27 years. Please take your baby to his Dr. ASAP, this could be an upper respiratory infection.

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