It is very common for new pet owners to obtain a kitten or new cat with a crusty nose, weepy eyes and a sneeze. We call these problems upper respiratory disease (URI) or feline respiratory disease complex and it is the most common infectious disease that veterinarians deal with. .
Similarly, you may ask, are kittens noses supposed to be dry?
Cat parents frequently ask if a dry, warm nose means their cat is sick. The short answer is no. A healthy cat's nose can vary between wet and dry several times over the course of a day. And there are many reasons your cat can have a dry, warm nose that have nothing to do with health.
Should a cat have a dry or wet nose?
Most people generally believe that cats' noses should be cool and moist at all times. And, indeed, most cats do have cool, moist noses. A dry cat nose might occur if a kitty is dehydrated or suffering from a fever — or a dry cat nose might not be problematic at all.
Can I put Vaseline on my cat's nose?
If you want to put something on your cat's dry nose – you can use a little bit of Vaseline. But most likely – they won't like and will lick it off immediately. A dry nose that changes pigmentation, is dry, cracked or scabbed should be examined by your veterinarian and could indicate some underlying skin disorder.
How can you tell when a cat is dehydrated?
These include listlessness, refusal to eat, panting, sunken eyes and dry, tacky gums. A good test to see if your cat is dehydrated is 'skin tenting'. To do this, take a pinch of skin around her shoulders and gently pull it up - if she is adequately hydrated it should ping straight back into place.