Self Indulgent pet talk time. Poppy, one of my two cats, has a bit of a cold at the moment. Like humans with the common cold, she will be fine most of the time and then... 'achooo!', there is this little sneeze.
Now, being a cat she tends not to use a handkerchief (though she has put her paw up more than once to apparently try and do the right thing). In addition, her favourite place to sit, her absolute top notch spot is on top of the sofa behind Monica's head. (Skimble likes it there too, but Poppy gets first dibs).
Yes, Monica has experienced the joy that is a cat sneeze in close proximity to ones head.