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Nasal discharge in cats

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Nasal discharge in cats can be worrying. It is important to identify the different types of nasal discharge and to know when to visit your vet.

What causes nasal discharge?

Your cat may experience a nasal discharge for the following reasons:

  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Sinus caused by seasonal allergies
  • Dental disease
  • Lodging of a foreign object in the nasal cavity

Is nasal discharge serious?

If your cat is sneezing or has a runny nose that clears up on its own, there is no need to be alarmed. However, if your cat’s nasal discharge lasts for several days, the condition is considered chronic.

Types of nasal discharge in cats and typical causes

Watery discharge

Allergens that are present in pollen and dust (the usual culprits) in the air often cause seasonal allergies. So simply keeping your living areas clean could help to treat allergy symptoms. Additionally, a humidifier may aid with recovery. Your vet may also recommend antihistamines to relieve uncomfortable allergy symptoms, if these are necessary.

Single nasal passage discharge

Singular nasal discharge may indicate that there is a foreign object stuck in your cat’s nose. In addition, nasal polyps may also cause singular passage involvement. Your vet will assess your cat and recommend treatment.

Thick yellow or green discharge

This type of nasal discharge in your cat is usually more serious. Bacterial or viral infections are typically the cause and a trip to the vet will be necessary. Viral infections may be treated with antivirals, whereas bacterial infections will require treatment with antibiotics.

Symptoms to look out for

Where nasal discharge in your cat is serious, it will be accompanied by additional signs and symptoms, such as:

  • A change in behaviour
  • Loss of appetite
  • Wiping of the nose with the paw
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting

However, it is important to remember that any symptoms that persist or worsen should be investigated by a veterinarian.

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