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Cat got the sniffles? Here’s what you need to do

15 September 2017

You may catch your fur kid sneezing now and then, but when this behaviour becomes more frequent, should there be cause for concern? Diagnosing sinus problems can be tricky, but left unattended, the issue can cause discomfort and pain, and lead to serious complications.

Your pet’s sinuses are the air chambers above the eyes and behind the cheeks. When the lining of the sinus passages in the nasal cavity becomes inflamed, this condition is referred to as sinusitis.

The most common symptoms of sinus problems are excessive sneezing and discharge from the eyes and nose. Your cat may also stop eating as her sense of smell may be impaired. Snoring can also sometimes indicate congestion or mucus build up in your cat’s air passages. In all cases, if you notice these symptoms, always consult your vet for expert diagnosis of the problem.

Causes
Cats who suffer from allergies, asthma or a weak immune system are most susceptible to sinus problems. Changes in temperature, pollution and chemical fumes can worsen the condition. Bacteria and other particles, which are normally moved out of sinuses by tiny hairs called cilia, can collect in the nasal passages and cause discomfort and inflammation.

Call the experts
The diagnosis for sinusitis is based on the physical symptoms, an examination by the vet and medical history. Sometimes x-rays may be taken to give a more accurate diagnosis. Be sure to take them to the vet if you suspect anything is wrong.

Remember, a strong immune system can drastically lower chances of sinus infections, so as a pet parent ensure your kitty’s health is always a high priority.

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