Sometimes your cat may give you a sign that something is off. While not every behavior or change indicates they’re sick, it might give you an indication that something more is going on. Cats are mysterious, and if you’re new to cat ownership, you may have questions. We sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold to learn more about the popular cat question – why is my cat’s nose dry? Along the way, she provides signs of a dry nose and tips to keep your feline’s nose in good condition.
Why does a cat’s nose become dry?
Is your cat’s nose supposed to be dry or wet? Well, simply put, it really depends on your furry friend. A number of factors determine the healthiness of your cat’s nose, and sometimes your cat’s nose is just dry. If you’re unsure of how your cat is feeling, consider the following from Nold.
Chronic signs of a dry nose
What can cause
decreased tear production?
Sometimes a sign of illness may stem from an underlying medical condition. For example, “decreased tear production may be caused by stress, dry eye syndrome, a bacterial or fungal infection. Further, a bacterial or fungal infection, like FHV-1 or ringworm may be secondary to skin allergies,” states Nold.
Is my cat sick?
The only way to know if your cat is sick is to reach out to your veterinarian. Their expertise and guidance can determine if your cat needs treatment. In addition, your kitten or adult cat may show several chronic signs of a dry nose or none at all. If they seem uncomfortable, please seek pet medical care. It could be that an underlying condition may be causing your cat’s dry nose.
Tips to prevent an overly dry nose
Your veterinarian may recommend a topical moisturizer, like Aquaphor or Kerasolv.
Get your veterinarian’s recommendations on how to keep your cat’s nose clean.
Moisturize the nose so it doesn’t crack or bleed.
Different seasons may affect your pet’s nose.
Your cat’s breed may determine if they’re prone to a dry nose.
Nold weighs in on your cat’s breed and how their dry nose may be connected.
“If your cat is a purebred, the dry nose could be caused by a breed-related disorder. Keratinization disorder is a breed-related disorder that may be seen in the Bengal cat.”
At the end of the day, you want your kitten or adult cat to feel well. A dry nose may be frustrating for your best friend. But by sticking to your veterinarian’s treatment plan your furry friend will feel better in no time at all.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.