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Is it possible that my cat is allergic to his own fur? Whenever I pet him and scratches his tummy or neck, he then cough or sneeze excessively. Then eventually stops. I dont know what causes it but this happen a lot when I pet him.
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Hello there,

Just finished reading your comments. You say your cat coughs and sneezes
when you pet him, scratch his tummy or neck. I don't think your cat is
allergic to his own fur. I think when you pet him, scratch his tummy or
neck you release fur into the air and the fur is getting into your cat's nose
and  throat which causes him to cough to try to get the fur out of his
mouth and nose.  Sounds to me like your kitty may need to be brushed
more often, carefully of course. Does your kitty throw up fur balls ?
If he does, this means he is licking his fur which cats do naturally but
brushing your cat on a more regular basis can cut down on the fur balls.
I know because we have a male gingercat that needs to be brushed on
a regular basis.  I hope you find these suggestions useful.  Eve
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I too would have to agree with Eve, especially with a vigorous rubbing of his fur...Could it also be something that you have on your hands, a cream or smell from cigarettes or a cleaning product  that transfers to his fur and nose...

My girls love being brushed, and I bought one of those little rake type brushes that get down into the deeper coat, and its amazing how much is brushed out on a twice a week brushing...Especially now that winter is here, its always good to get mats out of the coat before they get too tangled...

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Hi eve! Thank you for your comment. Yes I often notice fur balls in his bed but don't pay attention to it. Thanks for your advice. I'd be more gentle with him from now on :)
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I understand MYoungAtHeart. I had this beautiful cat of mine, months ago and I don't know much how to pet him gently. Thanks for your advice.
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Hello there,

You're welcome. Perhaps if you brushed your kitty a little more often there
would be less fur balls. My guess is that the coughing and the sneezing your kitty is doing is trying to get out any fur that has entered his mouth and nose. What kind of cat do you have ?  If there are fur balls in your cat's
bed you need to brush him more often. I am trying to brush our cat more
often too. They need to need to be brushed more often in the winter, gently
of course. I have three different brushes I use on our cat. All the brushes
were purchased from a pet store. Then I have a little comb I use to remove the fur from the brushes once I'm finished brushing him. I just put all these
things in a sturdy box I bought from the $ store. We also keep his nail clippers in that same box. Good luck to both of you.  Eve
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Hi eve!

My kitty is scottish fold with solid white color.
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Hi there,

Thank you for telling me what kind of kitty you have. I've never heard
of this type of cat before. I'm sure he is adorable. Our cat , Sammy,
has a mixture of what they call apricot and white. All cats are beautiful
though to me.  Eve
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