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Why does my cat sneeze?

Your cat is sneezing for the same reasons that you sneeze.  Like humans cats sometimes need to have a good sneeze.  There may be something tickling your cats nostrils or something blocking your cats airways.  Your cats sneezing may also be the result of an allergic reaction to something.  Cats can be allergic to their food.  You may want to change your cats food if they display any other symptoms such as  watery eyes, runny nose, coughing etc.  We also suggest stocking up on the tissue, preferably something soft and gentle on little cat noses.

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Why does my cat hate getting wet?

Cat in bathtub

Your cat simply prefers being dry!  Most cats do not enjoy being wet.

Cat tolerance of water varies from cat to cat. It can be influenced by their past experiences with water. For example, cats that are bathed on a regular basis can develop a tolerance for water and eventually do not mind having a nice warm bath. If you would like to bathe your cat on a regular basis, it is best to start the process when your cat is a kitten. However, adult cats can become accustomed to baths. If your cat ever needs a bath, there are numerous professional grooming services that will bathe your cat for you. However, with some time and patience you can bathe your cat in the comfort of your own home.

Believe it or not, many housecats enjoy playing in water. Cats have been observed to roll around in a wet bathtub, shower, or play with a dripping faucet.  Some cats will even get themselves wet with the water in your toilet (yuck!).

How to Give your Cat a Bath

Cats don’t usually need a bath because they clean themselves by grooming. However, if your cat needs a bath, read on for some tips and tricks about how to bathe a cat. If you have cat allergies, you may want to shampoo your cat to help reduce your cat allergy symptoms. You may also have to bathe your cat if your cat has fleas or ticks. You may also just want to shampoo your cat if he is stinky, or ever gets sprayed by a skunk. There are a large number of other reasons that you may someday have to bathe your cat!

Cat wet after bath

Cat wet after bath

Before starting, make sure you have everything that you need:

  • Clean towel
  • Cotton balls
  • Cup for pouring water
  • Cat shampoo (there are special types for reducing allergens, if a cat allergy is the reason you are bathing your cat)
  • Cat conditioner (can be helpful to reduce cat dander)
  • A cat

After you’ve gathered all of the tools (hopefully your cat didn’t hide from you), follow the steps below:

  1. Brush the fur to remove any mats and tangles. Be very gentle with kitty. There are many special brushes and de-shedding tools that are available to make this step easier.
  2. Place cotton balls into your cats ears so water does not get into his ears. If your cat gets alot of water in his ears, his ears could become irritated, especially if it is soapy water.
  3. Place your cat into about 5 inches of lukewarm water, either in the bathtub or a large sink. It is very important that the water is not too hot or you could burn your cat. Your cat may try to run away so you may need someone to help you hold your cat.
  4. Lather up your cat with shampoo.
  5. Rinse thoroughly by pouring a cup of water over your cat. Repeat until all water is off.
  6. Place conditioner on your cat.
  7. Rinse thoroughly by pouring a cup of water over your cat. Repeat until all water is off.
  8. Towel dry your cat.
  9. Keep your cat warm while he dries off (use towels or blankets, not any source of heat). Some cats will allow you to blow dry them, but your cat will most likely be scared of the noise.
  10. Praise your cat with affection and treats!

Did you know?

Cats are natural swimmers! We are not suggesting that you test this theory! However, in the wild cats swim across streams and small lakes to get to the other side! Some breeds (mainly Asian breeds) can dive into water to catch fish!

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Why does my cat make me sneeze?

Your cat may be making you sneeze because you may be allergic to your cat. Don’t worry, approximately 1/3 of people who are allergic to cats live with cats in their home. You can keep your cat!

What is a cat allergy?

Cat allergy is caused by a type of protein present in the dander (skin flakes — yuck) and saliva of cats. The allergens are airborne and are then inhaled by humans through the nose and lungs. After inhaling the allergens people react and experience a variety of symtoms.

What are the symptoms of cat allergies?

Cat allergy symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, sinus congestion, rash, hives, itchy eyes, shortness of breath and even wheezing. If you are experience any of these symptoms, see your doctor to verify whether or not you have a cat allergy. There are allergy medications that doctors can recommend or prescribe for people who suffer from allergies.

How can I reduce cat allergies?

Unfortunately, you probably cannot stop cat allergies or cure cat allergies.  However, if you are allergic to your cat, there are numerous cat allergy solutions that you can try to reduce allergy symptoms:

  • Keep your cat out of your bedroom: This will give you about 8 hours/day that you can be in an environment without your cat. This is perhaps the best thing that you can do to relieve cat allergies.
  • Wash your sheets at least once/week: Let’s face it — your furry little friend will probably be allowed in the bedroom sometimes!
  • Brush your cat: Brushing your cat will loosen the loose fur so you can throw it in the garbage rather than have the fur flying around your house. There are special brushes that you can buy that pull away the loose fur. These brushes are usually called de-shedding tools. This is a great way to reduce your allergies since you are mainly allergic to the cats saliva (which is all over their fur from their grooming!)
  • Vacuum frequently: Vacuuming is helpful because it removes the cats hair from your house. This is especially important if you have carpet because the hair gets caught in the carpet. If you don’t have carpet, sweep frequently. Static sweepers work great at collecting cat hair!
  • Bathe your cat: OK, so this usually isn’t a realistic suggestion because most cats hate water. However, there are some anti-allergy products on the market that don’t require that you give your cat a full bath. Instead, you can wet a cloth and simply pet your cat with the wet cloth. The product will apparently neutralize the allergens!
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