A common question asked by indoor cat owners; should my cat’s nose be wet or dry?
The short answer? It could be either!
The truth is, a dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean your cat is dehydrated or suffering from a health issue. Likewise, a wet nose won’t necessarily mean your cat has a health problem. A cat’s nose will likely change throughout the day and many factors are involved in this.
The environment can have a big impact on whether your cat has a wet or dry nose.
If, however, you have noticed a significant change then this could be cause for concern.
A more important question to ask is ‘has my cat’s nose changed recently?’
If the answer is yes, take a note of the changes and symptoms that you’re seeing and visit a vet as soon as possible.
Most Upper Respiratory infections (URI) can cause a runny nose in cats and you might also notice clear or coloured mucus. If your cat has nasal discharge or it is suddenly very wet a lot of the time you should check with your vet.
On the other hand, if you notice that the nose is suddenly very dry and flakey you should also visit a vet as soon as you can as this could also indicate a health issue.
Overall, a wet or dry nose alone is unlikely to be cause for concern especially if your cat has always been this way, but if you notice a sudden change or if your cat is not drinking water (or is drinking excessive amounts), has stopped eating, has diarrhoea or is vomiting speak to your vet as soon as you can.
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