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The Tip of a Cat’s Nose — 13 Comments

  1. I have Flame Point Domestic Shorthair (He’s in no way purebred in any breed). He’s only about a year old, maybe a month younger.
    I’ve been trying to figure out what is wrong with his nose since I got the little guy. He came from poor breeding, was underweight and highly stressed when I received him.
    His nose leather is dry and flaky, the temp changes but the flakes and cracks remain. Recently the flakes (to me it resembled a scab) came off and his nose was perfect and smooth. But it is coming back.
    Does Bengal nose happen in cats other than Bengals? I plan on taking him to a vet for a diagnosis, but the symptoms of Bengal Nose fit exactly with what he has.

  2. I meant to say his nose dripped on me, not dropped. That sounded like his nose fell off, ha, ha. It was just a big drop of liquid.

    I know cats usually can’t get a rhinovirus that affects a human. But what about if I have a bacterial sinus infection? Can that be passed on to Monty?

    • I think a bacterial infection is non-contagious. Some diseases are zoonotic as you know (transmittable between human and cat) but bacterial infections are not in that category. I think you’ll find that the viral infection that causes a cold (URi) in humans can’t be transmitted to cats and vice versa.

    • Cats infections are different strains to humans and it’s so very very rare that a human can pass any sinus or respiratory infection on to a cat that it’s almost impossible.

  3. Monty’s nose runs when he comes in from outside, just like mine does. He was up above me , in his suspended box above our computer, and his nose dropped on me. It was very wet. I was afraid he had a URI. But he had just come in from outside, so I’m chalking it up to that. He seems otherwise healthy and his eyes are clear. His nose has seemed very wet lately. Maybe it does have to do with our being in the middle of a very cold winter.

    • My guess, as stated in the article, is that his warm, moisture laden breath, condenses (turns from a gas to a liquid) at the end of his nose because his nose is very cold. The water then drips off onto your computer keyboard… 😉 Water in breath is very pure I believe if the cat is healthy.

  4. It’s, usually, said that a dog’s nose is most always cold but warm when sick.
    So, it seems that we can’t apply this to cats. The nose isn’t a good indicator for sickness. Good to know.

  5. Interesting. Just recently Gigi’s nose has gotten more wet and she’s drooled a couple times. I’ve never seen her drool before. Some cats do drool alot and some not – but Gigi just started doing it. If this is another hereditary thing they have to stop immediatley.

    There has to be an independant animal welfare branch of government which is funded by tax payers and in this particular case they would likely need a department for breeding issues – a couple of well trained experts to look out for the cats well being throughout this ‘industry’.. Sounds like more control and in a way it is. But clearly it’s needed.

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