Why does my Cat Have a Runny Nose?

why does my cat have a runny noseWe all suffer from a runny nose from time to time – some of us more than others, no doubt but why does my cat have a runny nose? Well your cat is no exception.  He has a nose that is not much unlike yours.  While it’s completely normal for your cat to have a runny nose, it should not be a chronic condition.  If the runny nose does become chronic or severe, you definitely need to get your kitty checked out.


Other than the nose producing nasal discharge, aka the runny nose, your cat may experience some other symptoms.  Your cat’s eyes may become enflamed, he may be taking in and letting out less air through his nasal passages and you may notice he has dried up discharge on his facial hair or even his front limbs.  Additionally, cats with nasal discharge may also have diseased teeth, polyps and or swelling of the face.

Why does my cat have a runny nose? What could be going on?

If your cat is experiencing nasal discharge, a few things may be going on.  If your cat is suffering from dental disease, he may have a runny nose.  Also, bacteria fungi and viruses are often culprits of a runny nose too.  That’s not all.  A runny nose can often be traced back to pneumonia, vomiting, inflammation of the ear, cancer and/or a weak immune system.  Has your cat been on long term use of steroids? That  too can cause nasal discharge.  All from a runny nose? Yes, it’s is rather interesting how one runny nose could result from so many different things.


The question “why does my cat have a runny nose” can diagnosed a variety of ways.   It’s not always easy to get to the bottom of a runny nose!

  • Examination of the nasal cavity
  • Blood tests
  • Blood pressure
  • Tear Test
  • Dental Exam
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Culture of the discharge may be taken
  • Biopsy

Once the vet administers reaches a proper diagnosis, he will put in place a treatment plan.  This plan can really be any number of things.  He might order up antibiotics or pull a few teeth.  It is all dependent on the diagnosis. As always, do your best to keep your pet comfortable at all times.  He may need some extra love just like you do when you’re suffering.  Keep his area free of dust, debris and anything that may aggravate his condition.


  1. Good info…thanks for sharing. I am currently caring for a cat like this.

  2. Great information for all cat owners and their sitters 🙂

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