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8. What if your cat has a runny nose?

Cats are prone to runny noses for a variety of reasons, including allergies, nasal mites, infections and the common cold, all of which are treatable conditions. For each of these, there would be discharge coming from both of your cat’s nostrils.

If your cat has discharge coming from only one nostril, there may be something in the nasal passage that’s irritating the lining and causing fluid to run out. For example, grass, dust or pollen may become stuck in your cat’s nose. If this is the cause, most often it will work itself out.

According to Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, discharge from one nostril in cats may also indicate a nasal tumor, especially if it is accompanied by blood. If you notice these symptoms, you should see your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Spilled Milk
A cleft palate in kittens that are still nursing can result in milk running through the nose. This condition is often treatable, especially in cases of small clefts.

7. What causes hair loss in cats?

Seasoned cat owners know that a certain amount of hair loss in cats is normal, and they have a house full of hair-covered furniture to prove it. However, excessive or patchy hair loss in cats is not normal, especially when accompanied by inflamed skin.

Hair loss in cats is often caused by excessive scratching due to flea infestation, allergies or other skin irritants. Hyperthyroidism is another cause of hair loss in cats, especially older cats. Once these underlying conditions are treated, the hair loss should stop.

In some cases, hair loss in cats coincides with a change in the animal’s environment. Excessive grooming caused by stress can also cause hair to fall out. No matter what the cause, if the problem persists, talk to your veterinarian about the problem.

Valuable Vibrissae
Like fur, a cat’s whiskers periodically fall out and grow back. But you should never cut them. Whiskers serve several important functions for cats, including helping them to navigate through their environment.

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9:09AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Thanks

2:56AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Thanks

2:43AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Great article! Thanks for sharing.

2:32AM PDT on May 28, 2013

thank you for the good advice

4:37PM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thanks for the good advice !!

4:13AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Very useful article, thanks for posting.

4:20PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Thanks

7:14AM PDT on Mar 15, 2012

Great information, thanks so much...

10:31PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Samantha thank you for this information. Our Kismet, aka Kizzy is 14 already and he knows the 'drills' for cutting his nails, and brushing his thick beautiful Persian fur to avoid fur balls... that only happens in my dreams! Seriously though, he is showing signs of problems such as severe weight loss even though he is eating and drinking albeit much less these days.
When we adopted him we were told he was found abandoned in a field, and if cats have memories like humans do, then it would stand to reason that fear was his early experience and remains to this day. He panics when I get him ready to go to the vet. All comforts mean nothing. And now, I just worry that this may be his last trip::( If you have any advice please do not hesitate to send me a message. Thanks again Samantha and Care2 feline loving friends .

2:45PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

MY CAT SEEMS TO EAT GRASS ALOT. I KNOW ITS TO TRY AND BRING A FURBALL UP, I WAS TOLD, OR THAT ITS THEIR MEDICINE. DUZ ANYBODY KNOW THE REASON ?

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