Cat Dry Nose: My Cat Is Lethargic, Not Eating and Her Nose Is Dry

January 21, 2011 | Cat Health | Leave a Comment |

Cat Dry Nose – What Does It Mean?

Even though a cat’s a nose can tell about its general well being, a dry nose will not necessarily mean that there is something serious going on with the animal. Instead, owners should learn to factor in other symptoms before panicking and taking the animal to the vet.

Some non-serious causes of dryness of a cat’s nose include:

  • Lying in the sun
  • Sitting near a heat source
  • Being in a room with poor air circulation
  • Licking of the nose, saliva will dry the skin

Owners should be concerned when they notice the following symptoms accompanying dryness of their cat’s nose:

  • Cat has dry nose and not eating – if the anorexia persists for more than 3 days, owners should consider taking the cat to the vet or if the anorexia comes with bloating or abdominal discomfort.
  • Cat has dry nose and lethargic – When a cat experiences dry nose together with lethargy, it is important to take the animal to the vet immediately. The cat may be experiencing a systemic condition.

Owners should also look for the following symptoms when they are determining if a dry nose is nothing serious or it’s something to be concerned about:

  • Flakiness or scaling of the skin – the dryness may be due to a bacterial or a fungal infection
  • Nasal discharges – may be a sign of a fungal or bacterial infection that needs further examination.
    Owners should also look out for discolored mucus.

Cause and Treatment

  • If a dry nose is an indication of something serious, the next step for the owner would be to seek treatment.
  • Treatment is going to depend on the underlying condition.
  • Infections will have to be treated appropriately based on the causative factor
  • Cats may also be given fluid therapy if the issue is caused by dehydration or malnutrition

Overall, a cat’s dry nose should only warrant alarm when it is out of the ordinary or if it happens with other symptoms.

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