Indoor Cat Suddenly Sneezing
Hello all! Our girl Mia started sneezing about a week ago. I wanted to wait a short while to see if it'd subside (as my allergies started picking up over the weekend, too), but it hasn't. I just called the vet today to set up an appointment, but I suppose in the meantime I was wondering if something I just noticed last night might have caused it.
A few days ago, I started noticing the new carpet in our dining area coming up where it meets the wall. Not thinking anything of it, I would just shove it back down. Well, last night, both cats were digging at the spot. I shooed them away, and as I was picking up some stray carpet fibers, I noticed that spot was actually cold and slightly damp. I lifted the carpet to look underneath, and there is no padding, just the cement floor, and there was a very strong mildew smell as soon as I lifted it.
Is there a chance that whatever mold or mildew is underneath there could be causing Mia's sneezing? Her eyes are clear, her nose isn't runny or snotty, her ears are fine, she's eating fine, etc. She's just had a lot of sneezing. And looking back, it does seem that the carpet started coming up around the same time we noticed her start sneezing.
Regardless, we're hauling her off to the vet tomorrow, but I just wanted to see if anyone knew whether mold or mildew could cause an allergic reaction in cats. That's probably why they were digging at the carpet over there - they could smell it and were probably wondering what the heck it was. Their noses are a lot more sensitive than mine, which is why I didn't even smell it until last night when I pulled the carpet up. I suppose I have them to thank. If they hadn't been digging at it, I might not have discovered the problem (which will be fixed ASAP).
Thank you in advance!