Cat Runny Nose

The nose is responsible, in large part, for your cat’s perception of the world. A cat’s sense of smell is remarkable. All the smells of the world filter through it – but so do viruses like bacteria, pollens, and sometimes thorns. These invaders can cause a runny nose. Nasal secretions contain antibodies and tissue fluid that fight these unwanted particles and flush them outside the body. The sneeze is a remarkable reflex in your cat’s body to attempt to expel the irritant.

If your cat’s nose and eyes have a thick yellowish discharge and your pet is lethargic, breathes heavily, coughs, and/or has a fever, a serious respiratory infection, such as rhinotracheitis may be present.

A discharge from one nostril may be due to a thorn or other object that has lodged in the nose as your cat inspected its environment. Older cats can have sinus infections or tumors involving one side of the nose. An uncommon cause of runny noses in cats is allergies.

Cats with a clear, watery nasal discharge and sneezing will often have other signs simultaneously such as paw licking, face rubbing, watery eyes, and scratching. This problem lasts longer than a viral infection (often for weeks or months) and occurs most often seasonally when pollen particles or other allergies are in the air. House dust and molds may aggravate the allergic runny nose.

Whether your pet’s nose is cool and moist or warm and dry is not a good indication of its health or body temperature.

Cat Runny Nose Home Remedies

Since the cat’s nasal passages are so complex, any infection there is difficult to treat without your veterinarian’s help.

You will need to contact your veterinarian to treat respiratory infections properly. Increase the humidity in the air with a vaporizer, especially in a small room, such as the bathroom, to help liquidate the nasal discharge. Humidifiers also help stop irritation when heated air dries out the respiratory passages.

Cat Runny Nose Treatment

Your doctor will make a thorough examination of your cat’s nose, mouth, and throat. If a respiratory infection is suspected, antibiotics may be dispensed. Steroids and/or antihistamines will help if the runny nose is an allergic sign. A foreign body in the nose must be removed, with or without anesthesia.

Severe respiratory infections, trauma, or poisoning may demand more intensive treatment, laboratory tests, and radiographs (X-rays).

Cats with recurrent respiratory infections should be tested for feline leukemia, the FTLV (AIDS-like) virus, and yeast infection (cryptococcosis).

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