How to Clear Nasal Congestion in Kittens

Congested kittens should always see a vet.

Congested kittens should always see a vet.

Whether related to allergies or something else, like an upper respiratory infection, a kitten with nasal congestion needs to see a vet. In the meantime, there are steps you can take to make her comfortable and help her breathe easier.

Take her in the shower with you. Well, not all the way, but take a hot shower and keep her in the bathroom. About 10 or 15 minutes of that shower steam will help clear her stuffed up nasal passages.

Give her a squirt of pediatric nasal spray. Formulated for infants, this can be used on kittens in moderation. If you're apprehensive about this practice, ask your vet for his professional permission first.

Treat her to an aromatic food, like microwaved wet food. Kittens need plenty to eat in order to grow properly and stay healthy, but a cat with nasal congestion may not have a strong appetite. Giving her food with a strong odor may stink up the kitchen for a few minutes, but the aroma will be strong enough to persuade her to eat.

Items you will need

  • Pediatric nasal spray
  • Wet kitten food
  • Microwave


  • If you suspect that your kitten is congested or otherwise sick, always see a vet.
  • If your vet gives you the OK to use pediatric nasal spray on your kitten, don't do so for more than four days -- otherwise, you risk drying out her nasal cavities.

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