It is completely normal for cats to have a wet nose, however, a runny nose may be a completely different story!
In this blog post, we will tell you when a runny nose is nothing to be worried about and when to take action.
Let’s get started.
According to Aimee Simpson from the VCA Cat Hospital of Philadelphia, nasal discharge is not common in most cats. However, if a cat is chronically infected with feline herpesvirus or FHV-1, she’ll have clear nasal discharge or black debris in the nostrils.
So, most healthy cats don’t have nasal discharge.
If your vet feels that your kitty has a runny nose due to a viral infection, he will test for different viruses to determine the best course of treatment through viral isolation.
All the vet needs to do is to collect swabs of the oropharynx or nasal cavity.
However, healthy cats, too, are chronic carriers so testing positive for an upper respiratory virus doesn’t mean that the virus is causing the current clinical signs. So, the cat’s history is a better indicator for diagnosis and treatment.
The course of treatment, of course, depends on the diagnosis.
Healthy cats seldom have a running nose. So, if your kitty has a nasal discharge, it is best to take her to the vet. The sooner you take your cat for treatment, the faster she’ll recover!
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