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Runny Nose in Cats

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If your cat has a runny nose the reasons behind it can range from something as simple as allergies or a cold to a serious respiratory infection and disease. Cats use their nose to familiarize themselves with their surrounding but as they sniff and inhale they can also inhale unwanted particles that can do serious damage to them in some cases. Here are some of the causes and treatments for a runny nose in your cat.

Foreign particles

A runny nose in cats doesn't always mean something serious is taking place. The fluid that runs from the nose contains antibodies that helps promote healing by washing out the unwanted particles. A runny nose in a cat can be something as simple as a blade of grass or some similar object being lodged in the nasal passage. If your cat is sneezing profusely with no other symptoms than a clear fluid, sneezing and shaking the head you can almost be sure there is something stuck in the nasal passage. This can be remedied by a quick trip to the vet to have the particle removed. Sometimes the particle is visible from the nostril and can easily be removed by you.

Viral respiratory infections

If the discharge coming from your cat's nose is heavy and yellow looking then your cat could have a viral respiratory infection. Cats also present signs such as licking their paws and rubbing their face and scratching. This is a more serious infection and your cat will present other symptoms such as resting a lot, running a fever, coughing often and just looking unwell. For this type of infection you should take your cat to the vet where the proper medications can be administered. They are many diseases that can produce these symptoms in your cat and they all have to do with a respiratory infection. Your vet will be able to pinpoint what type of respiratory infection such as rhino-tracheitis that is involved. Your vet will find out what type of infection your cat is suffering from and treat it accordingly. Usually antibiotics are administered for this type of infection.

Home treatment

You can help your cat at home by increasing the amount of humidity. This will help your cat breath a little easier while he is recovering. If you don't have a humidifier you can run the hot water in your bathroom and achieve the same results. Of course, this would be after you have brought your cat to the vet. If your cat has a serious viral infection you may have to leave him at the vets until he is out of danger as this condition can lead to death depending on the source.


Cats can have allergies the same as people do. This may be uncomfortable for your cat but it is treatable. If your cat goes outside it can pick up pollens or other allergens in the air which can cause a runny nose and sneezing but usually there is no fever present. Take your cat to the vet to determine what your cat is allergic to and treat accordingly. Allergies in cats are usually seasonal and will go away as the weather changes.


Your vet will prescribe steroids or antihistamines for your cat to help him feel better. This will disappear with the change of the seasons and in the meantime the medications that are prescribed by your vet will help him to remain comfortable until it passes.

A runny nose in a cat must not be taken lightly even if it is just a foreign object caught in there. The best treatment for a runny nose in cats is to see your vet. He can check your cat's mouth, throat and nose to make sure that you know what is causing this problem. If your cat is feeling unwell, give him lots of loving tender care and the medication prescribed and he should do just fine if it's a simple cause. The best defense against a runny nose is you being informed on the causes and treatments of a runny nose in cats.

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