Why Does Your Cat Meows When You Sneeze? (Revealed)

why your cat meows when you sneeze

So you've noticed that your cat always meows when you sneeze...

Curious, right?

Cats have this uncanny way of communicating that's just downright intriguing.

It's like they have their own secret language that only they understand.

But hey, I've been there too, wondering why on earth my fluffy friend insists on meowing every time I let out a sneeze.

It can be frustrating, I know.

But fear not, my friend!

Today, in this handy guide, I'm going to unravel this mysterious behavior for you.

Trust me, you don't wanna miss out on this. 🐱

Ready to dive in?

Let's go!

How to Respond to Your Cat’s Meows During Sneezing

When your cat starts meowing during sneezes, here's what you can do to help:

  1. Show your cat some love when they sneeze and reinforce this positive behavior.
  2. Try pretending to sneeze while playing with them, then give them treats as a reward.
  3. Make sure the environment around them is calm and safe.
  4. Understand the bond between you and your cat - it matters.
  5. Pay close attention to how they behave when they sneeze.
  6. Figure out why they're meowing after sneezing.
  7. Offer them comfort and reassurance when they need it.
  8. Help your cat get used to sneezing by slowly introducing it to them.
  9. Give them treats when they stay calm during sneezing episodes.
  10. Ease any distress caused by sneezing for them.

By implementing these measures, you can enhance the comfort of your cat during instances of sneezing.

How to Respond to Your Cat’s Meows During Sneezing
When you sneeze, cats notice! They meow to show they care and want reassurance. Stay calm, give cuddles, offer treats—this strengthens your bond and eases their distress.

You should understand your cat's needs and create a supportive environment that supports their all in all well-being.

So take the time to connect with your furry friend and respond to their meows during sneezing in a way that makes them feel secure and builds trust. 😉

Your Cat Thinks You Are in Danger

When you sneeze, your feline companion emits audible meows and swiftly scurries to your side.

You may be pondering the reason behind this behavior.

In reality, your cat perceives a threat directed towards you.

Cats possess an innate instinct to defend those they hold dear, and that includes their human counterparts.

Thus, when you unleash a sneeze, they might interpret it as an indication of distress or physical harm.

In their own distinctive manner, they endeavor to extend solace and solidarity.

At this point, you might be inclined to reprimand or disregard your cat's post-sneeze meowing. However, consider this:

Doing so would only reinforce their perception regarding the existence of an issue.

Your Cat Thinks You Are in Danger
Your cat thinks sneezing might harm you. So, when they meow, it's their way of trying to comfort and support you. Let them come close and assure them that you're alright. This will help create trust and love between you two.

Instead, permit your cat to draw near if signs of concern are exhibited.

By doing this, you will effectively reassure them that everything is well.

It should be noted that cats possess an astonishingly sharp awareness.

They attune themselves to nuanced cues conveyed by your body language and tone of voice.

Therefore, upon witnessing your sneezing episode, they instinctively detect the presence of a disturbance.

So, the next time you experience a sneeze and notice your cat rapidly approaching, embrace their genuine care and permit them to offer the solace and support you require.

Ultimately, we can all benefit from the unwavering love provided by our furry companions on occasion. 😺

But have you considered what happens if your cat becomes scared or startled by your sneezes?

Don't worry, I've got you covered...

Your Cat Is Scared

Cats easily get scared by sneezes or loud noises, and when that happens they tend to either run away or meow loudly.

Your Cat Is Scared
Your cat meows at you when you sneeze 'cause you freak them out with that sudden noise.

But don't fret, there are ways you can make your cat feel safe:

  1. Find a quiet spot in your home, like a bedroom or closet, and create a designated safe space just for your feline friend.
  2. Give them a high perch where they can feel secure and keep an eye on their surroundings.
  3. Use calming aids such as pheromone sprays or diffusers to create a soothing atmosphere for your cat.
  4. Make sure there are plenty of escape routes throughout your house, like tunnels or hiding spots, so they always have a way out if they feel overwhelmed.
  5. Be mindful of sudden movements or loud noises that could startle your cat, try to keep things calm and gentle around them.
  6. After a scare, offer treats or playtime with your cat to distract them and let them know that everything is okay. 🐱

Giving your cat a safe and comforting environment is crucial for their in essence well-being and happiness.

Your Cat Wants Your Attention

When you sneeze and your cat meows, it's their way of saying, Hey, I'm here.

Pay attention to me!

You see, cats are known for their exceptional communication skills, and meowing is one of their favorite methods.

If your furry friend feels comfortable around you, they'll often meow to grab your attention.

Your Cat Wants Your Attention
When you sneeze, your cat may get scared and meow to ensure you're okay. They know loud noises can mean trouble, so they show their worry by making noise. Soothing them after a sneeze also soothes their fears.

This special interaction not only strengthens your bond but also helps ward off any feelings of isolation or loneliness. Cats have various reasons for meowing—it could mean they're hungry, longing for some outdoor adventure, or simply craving love and affection from their beloved owner. So don't ignore their cry for connection.

And if you've ever wondered how to handle your neighbour's cat meowing all night, I'm here to help.

During those sleepless nights, dealing with the constant meowing can be challenging and, at times, perplexing.

But fear not, because I have written a blog post that provides effective solutions for this very situation.

So when you find yourself desperate for some peace and quiet, look no further than my incredibly useful guide on Neighbours Cat Meowing All Night.

The Immediate, Bewildered Reaction to a Sneeze

InstinctualCats' immediate reactions to sneezes are often instinctual and startled, causing them to freeze, leap away, or stare momentarily.
StartledLoud sneezes can trigger an adrenaline rush in cats, leading to startled reactions such as chattering or meowing in annoyance.
Adrenaline rushSome cats may experience an adrenaline rush when their owners sneeze, which can manifest as chattering or meowing due to annoyance.
Care towards ownersAfter a sneeze, cats may show care towards their owners as it is a foreign and intriguing experience for them.
CuriositySneezing is unfamiliar to cats, sparking their curiosity and prompting them to observe their owners more closely after a sneeze.

Cats have unexpected reactions when you sneeze. They freeze or take a little leap back, like saying "Hey, what was that?"

Sometimes they just stare at you like you grew an extra head!

It's all instinctual.

Sneezing startles cats, especially loud ones. Their adrenaline kicks in and they meow or chatter in confusion. But don't worry, it's just their way of saying "You scared me!"

But here's the twist...

Some cats show care towards their owners after a sneeze.


Because sneezing is foreign and intriguing to them.

It's unlike anything they've heard before!

So when you sneeze, cats see it as a chance to bond.

They're curious creatures.

And this is how they show they care about you.

A sneeze can elicit different responses from our feline friends.

It highlights the complexity of their minds.

But what happens after your cat's initial reaction?

Are there any other behaviors to look out for?

In the next section, we will explore the various body language cues that your cat may display during and after a sneeze.

Pay close attention, because understanding these signals can help you better understand your furry friend's emotions!

So, let's dive in and decode the fascinating world of feline body language post-sneeze:

Other Ways Cats React to Sneezing

Cats are fascinating creatures, aren't they?

Ever wondered why cats meow when you sneeze?

There's actually more to it than meets the eye. Pay attention to your cat's body language while and after you sneeze. If their ears flatten, tail puffs up, or they display signs of fear or aggression, give them space and avoid further contact until they feel comfortable again.

It wouldn't be wise to provoke them, would it?

Sometimes, cats meow in response to sneezing because they're startled by the sudden noise.

It's as if they've just encountered a ghost!

Other times, they might be irritated or confused, mistaking your sneeze for a hiss.

Oh, what a mix-up.

Let's not forget about the cats that simply dislike all the commotion and want some peace and quiet.

They could be trying to tell you to keep it down or expressing annoyance at being interrupted during their nap. Show them understanding, won't you?

Meowing can also indicate excitement in your cat's world.

They may be saying, "What's happening over there?" or "I'm feeling lonely, come give me some love!" It's their way of grabbing your attention, so don't ignore them...

On the other hand, excessive or unusual meowing after sneezing could be a sign of illness in cats.

If this happens, it may be worth visiting the vet – better safe than sorry, right?

Interestingly, sneezing can affect sensitive cats' ears, leading to behaviors like aggression, attacks, or vocalization.


To prevent discomfort or harm, it's best to sneeze away from your furry companions. Lastly, don't be surprised if your cat bolts out of the room like lightning when your sneeze startles them.

They'll come back when they're ready – just give them time. So, to maintain a harmonious and happy environment at home, it's probably best to minimize sneezing around your inquisitive feline friends.

Consider yourself warned.

Cats: Unique and Curious Creatures of Comfort

Key Takeaways:

  1. Understand your cat's relationship with you to respond appropriately.
  2. Observe your cat's behavior closely to determine the reason behind their meowing.
  3. Acclimate your cat to sneezing by play-sneezing and rewarding calm behavior.
  4. Cats may meow or react to a sneeze thinking you are in danger.
  5. Cats can get scared or startled by sneezes, leading to meowing.
  6. Sneezing may trigger an adrenaline rush in cats, causing chatter or meowing.
  7. Cats meow to communicate their needs, seek attention, or show care.
  8. Cats may meow in response to sneezes out of curiosity or excitement.
  9. Sneezing can annoy or disturb cats, especially during their nap.
  10. Sneezes can impact sensitive cats' ears, causing various reactions.

And that wraps up today's article.

If you wish to read more of my useful articles, I recommend you check out some of these: Cat Looking at Water but Not Drinking, How to Make a Cat Purr, Why Does My Cat Bite My Face, and Old Cat Peeing Everywhere

Talk soon,

-Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis

Howdy howdy, I'm Sarah Davis, and I'm all about cats – that's right, those mysterious, independent furballs we adore. So welcome to my blog "I Care for Cats", where I dish out the real talk on cat food, health, training, behavior, and so much more. My goal? To help your feline friends live their best nine lives.