Small Animal Facts, Questions and Medical Tips: Pet Owner Blog
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Small Animal Facts, Questions and Medical Tips: Pet Owner Blog

Hi, my name is Darma. I love rodents. I have a ferret, two guinea pigs, several rescued feeder rats and a hedgehog. I am an extremely conscientious pet owner, and I know how hard it can be to find medical tips on small animals. In some cases, it can even be challenging to find vet care for them. In this blog, I am going to write about everything I have learned in my decades of being a small pet owner. I am going to write about cleaning, nursing, feeding and taking care of small pets. I am also going to write about finding the right medical treatment for them and knowing when to seek help. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy my blog.

Small Animal Facts, Questions and Medical Tips: Pet Owner Blog

Why Is Your Cat's Nose Running?

Timmothy Ortiz

If your cat sneezes and has a little nasal discharge just now and then, this is pretty normal and not a cause for concern. When your cat's nose starts running constantly, however, this is typically a sign that something is wrong. Here's a look at some common causes of runny noses in cats.

Dental Disease

If your cat's teeth are ailing, this may cause the nose to run. The discharge might be due to an infection in the teeth, or it may be saliva that is working its way through the nasal cavity because the cat is salivating excessively due to the pain of the infected or decayed teeth. Other signs of tooth problems in cats include weight loss, refusal to eat, tilting the head when eating, and foul odors being emitted from the mouth. If you think your cat's nasal discharge might be related to a tooth problem, take him or her to the vet. The vet will likely to pull the affected teeth and treat the infection; this should clear up the nasal discharge and other symptoms.

Respiratory Infection

Your cat may also be suffering from any number of upper respiratory infections. These infections may be viral or bacterial. If the nasal discharge is white or yellow in color, rather than clear, then infection is the likely explanation. Cats with respiratory infections often act lethargic, may seem to wheeze when they breathe, and tend to lose their appetites. Your vet will run some tests to determine if the infection is caused by bacteria or a virus, and will then recommend treatment accordingly. Bacterial infections are typically treated with oral antibiotics, whereas if the infection is caused by a virus, your vet will likely recommend treatments to make your cat comfortable while its body fights off the virus.


If your cat's discharge is clear and it seems to be sneezing a lot, but you don't really notice any other symptoms, then there's a good chance your cat is suffering from allergies. A lot of cats are allergic or sensitive to cleaning solutions and laundry detergents. Switch to natural, pet-safe varieties of these products and see if the symptoms improve. Also take measures to keep pollen out of the home, like keeping the windows closed and vacuuming often. If the symptoms don't improve in a week or two, see your vet. He or she can likely prescribe an allergy medication to keep your cat more comfortable.

If you are unsure what is wrong with your cat, it is a good idea to visit the veterinarian, so visit a clinic nearby for more about this topic and other issues that could be present.