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Does Your Cat's Nose Have to Be Wet?

 by jaime on 06 Jul 2014 |
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If you are a cat owner, you might be anxious to discover that your pal has a dry nose, especially in the summertime, and you may become concerned that they are suffering from the heat and have become dehydrated. The idea that pets ought to have wet noses is commonplace. However, the cause of your favorite feline's seemingly parched nose could be harmless rather than a health problem.

You might find that it's useful to know that the dryness or wetness of your cat's nose varies depending on the environment. When cats sunbathe or sit next to windows in the full sun their noses lose moisture, but this does not mean that they are sick. Once they move into the shade and drink water, their noses tend to become moist once more. They might also end up with dry noses if they spend a great deal of time in poorly ventilated rooms during the summer months. It that's the case, airflow can remedy the problem.

However, some cats love sunbathing so much that they resist the urge to move into the shade before they suffer from sunburn. They are particularly prone to spending too long in the sun at the beginning of the summer since they are delighted to feel the warmth of the sunshine for a change. At such times, you can place a sunshade over them if they refuse to budge from a sunny spot.

You will be able to tell that your cat's nose is too dry due to sunburn if it is unusually pink, red or blistered. Severe burns might result in paleness and an extremely dry, flaky condition. Unfortunately, sunburn can be as serious for cats as it is for humans, so it is best to provide shade for them in the summer months and keep an eye on how long they lounge in the sunshine.

Much of the time, you need not worry unless dryness is accompanied by other symptoms. Nasal discharge, crustiness and cracks can be signs of ill health. In addition, problems may be present if an unpleasant smell is emanating from your cat's nose, or a change of color occurs. But remember, color changes can happen during winter while fading naturally takes place. When the summer arrives, healthy cat noses usually regain their normal coloring.

Knowing that cats often naturally have dry noses can prevent you from becoming unduly worried. Nonetheless, a dry nose could indicate a problem if it is accompanied by other symptoms. In addition to blisters, color changes, nasal discharge, crustiness and flakiness, when illness is present, cats might display other symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, or decreased appetite. If you have any doubts about your cat's health, it's best to ask the advice of a veterinarian. However, a dry nose is not usually a cause for concern.

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