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What is Nose Bleed?

Nosebleeds, referred to as epistaxis, are a condition in which blood or bloody discharge occurs from the nose. Epistaxis can be a symptom of a serious medical condition like cancer or organ failure. It is also commonly caused by sinus or respiratory infections or injuries to the nose or head. Nosebleeds can affect one or both nostrils, and this distinction can aid in diagnosing the underlying cause of the condition. Epistaxis can occur in cats of any age, breed, or sex, and there are no clear risk factors that increase the chances of your pet experiencing nosebleeds. If your pet is experiencing nosebleeds on a frequent basis or a nosebleed takes more time than normal to stop, seek medical attention immediately. 

Symptoms of Nose Bleed in Cats

The primary symptom of nosebleeds is blood or bloody mucus from one or both nostrils. Cats experiencing nosebleeds may exhibit a variety of symptoms associated with the underlying cause of the epistaxis. It is also possible that a nosebleed is the only symptom the animal experiences. 

Symptoms include:

  • Bleeding from the nose
  • Snorting
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal discharge
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Facial swelling
  • Pawing at or rubbing the nose or face
  • Bad breath
  • Trouble breathing
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Bleeding gums
  • Unexplained bruising
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Dark or black feces
  • Prolonged bleeding from wounds or injection sites

Causes of Nose Bleed in Cats

Nosebleeds are generally a symptom of an infection, disorder, injury, or disease. It may also be caused by poisoning or toxicity. On some occasions, the cause of the nosebleed will be undeterminable, and it may be an isolated incident. Common causes of epistaxis in cats and other companion animals include:

  • Nasal trauma or injury
  • Head trauma or injury
  • Foreign body in nasal or sinus passage
  • Bacterial infections
  • Viral infections, including feline leukemia and immunodeficiency viruses
  • Parasites
  • Fungal infections
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clotting issues, including hemophilia
  • Blood platelet issues
  • Anemia
  • Nasal ulcerations
  • Some cancers
  • Certain cancer treatments
  • Poisons, including rat poison
  • Toxins
  • Anxiety
  • Certain medications
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Dental abscesses
  • Allergens
  • Environmental factors

Diagnosis of Nose Bleed in Cats

Because of the large number of conditions that can cause nosebleeds, diagnosing the underlying cause of your pet’s condition may require numerous diagnostic methods. Be prepared to discuss your cat’s medical history and behavior, daily routine, and any symptoms you have observed. If your pet has recently been injured, been around toxins or poisons, or exhibited any other symptoms, be sure to advise your veterinarian. A full physical examination will be conducted with a special focus on facial, ocular, and nasal abnormalities. Veterinary staff will also take blood and urine samples and perform a nasal swab. 

Blood, urine, and nasal samples will be cultured for bacteria and fungus. Additional laboratory blood testing will include a complete blood cell count, serum biochemistry, electrolyte panel, and clotting test. A urinalysis will also be completed. If the cause is not easily diagnosed using these methods, diagnostic imaging techniques may be used. X-rays or other imaging techniques allow veterinary staff to look at the nasal passages and surrounding structures. Certain cases may require rhinoscopy, which involves examining the nasal cavities with a small tool called an endoscope. A tissue biopsy may also be required. 

Treatment of Nose Bleed in Cats

The treatment for epistaxis will depend on the underlying cause. Treatments may range from simple measures to stop the bleeding to prescription medications or more invasive measures like surgery or blood transfusions. If your pet experiences nosebleeds at home, do not attempt to provide them with any medication unless advised to do so by a veterinarian, as this could cause serious complications. The following treatment methods are commonly used to treat nosebleeds in cats:

Icing & Pressure 

Ice or a cold compress, applied to the nose and face, may be used to stop bleeding and treat any facial swelling. This is a common practice for nosebleeds caused by injury or inflammation. If icing does not stop the bleeding, the nasal cavity may be packed with gauze to provide pressure and decrease blood flow. 

Antibiotics or Other Medications 

If an infection is the cause of the nosebleeds, medication may be prescribed to clear up the infection. Antibiotics, antifungals, or parasite eliminating medications will be used depending on the source of the infection. Proper dosing is needed to reduce the risk of side effects. 

Intravenous (IV) Fluids 

Fluid therapy is often used for animals experiencing weakness or lethargy. They help maintain proper hydration and can aid in restoring electrolyte balance. This common treatment is considered low-risk. 

Blood Pressure or Anxiety Medications 

Drugs may be used to reduce blood pressure and lower stress levels as these conditions can increase nosebleed risk. This medication may be prescribed for use on a long-term basis if blood pressure or anxiety is determined to be the cause. 

Surgical Intervention

Surgery to remove an object or tumor, to repair damage, or to surgically cauterize blood vessels may be needed. Any surgical procedure carries some risk. Your pet will likely be hospitalized during recovery. 

Blood Transfusion 

If blood disorders are present or anemia is severe, a blood or plasma transfusion may be required. Proper blood typing and adherence to transfusion protocol will help reduce the risks associated with this form of treatment.

Recovery of Nose Bleed in Cats

Your cat’s prognosis will depend on the underlying condition causing their nosebleeds. In many cases the prognosis is good, and your pet will require minimal treatment and downtime. More severe cases, including cancers, organ failure, and blood disorders, have a guarded to fair prognosis and may require hospitalization or long-term treatment. Be sure to follow all of your veterinarian’s treatments, including proper dosing of any medication and returning for any requested follow-up visits. Seek medical attention if your cat’s symptoms return or worsen. While your pet is recovering, reduce stress and avoid any changes to your cat’s living environment. 

Nose Bleed Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lucifer
Maine Coon
18 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed
Doesn't like to be touched
Badly matted hair
Eating very litle
Tired

My cat is an 18 yr old maine coon. He is having and has had, nose bleeding. He is no longer active, only goes out to use the bathroom. He eats and drinks but not as much as normal. He is also down to 9 lbs. His weight is down 5lbs in the past two years. Doc thinks he's on his way out soon. I don't want him to suffer. Am I doing him a disservice by holding on?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Without examining Lucifer I cannot say if you should take him on one last car ride to your Veterinarian or not; but if there are health issues affecting his quality of life you should consider thinking about his overall welfare and what is in his best interest considering his quality of life. This is never a decision an owner likes to make, but it is your decision; observe Lucifer and his general behaviour, you’ll know better than anyone if he isn’t himself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Siruis
Bombay
1 Year
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Difficult Bowel Movements
Nose bleed
Difficulty Breathing

My cat recently got surgery. He came home was fine for about to days when he wouldn't eat his dry food or drink any water. He became very skinny and is now having difficult breathing out nose and sneezes a lot. Since the sneezing blood has been coming out his nose.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
You didn’t mention which surgery Sirius had so I cannot determine whether it is related or not; there are many different possible causes for nosebleeds including infections, trauma, foreign objects, dental disorders among other causes. If there is a dental issue it may explain the loss of appetite, respiratory difficulty and nosebleeds. You should return to your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Minion
tabby
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sores from fights with other toms
Lethargy
Bleeding nose
Sneezing

Our cat has a nosebleed and he has recently been in a few fights with stray cats in the neighborhood. He is bleeding out of both nostrils. It started with mucus, snot and sneezing and the past 2 days he has been bleeding. I read that he can have clindamycin and we do have that. What do you recommend? We have already taken him to the vet they could not get him in.he is eating and drinking he just seems lethargic.we have him in a kennel at this time also.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without seeing Minion, I can't diagnose or recommend any medications for him - I'm not sure what happened when you took him to your veterinarian, but if they couldn't get him in, you may need to make an appointment to have him seen. If he seems lethargic, and is sneezing to the point of bleeding, he probably does need medications. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, have them diagnose what is going on with him, and give him appropriate therapy. I hope that he is okay.

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Leo
Domestic Short haired
10 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Snoring
Swelling
Sneezing
Itching
bloody nose
Licking

Hi, I think my cat is having an allergic reaction to Viralys. He was given it to help strengthen his immune system when he was given a shot for an upper respiratory infection. We have stopped giving it to him when we realised something was up. Its been almost a week and it hasn't improved. Will the symptoms improve over time or will he need something to cure these symptoms?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. The signs that you describe aren't typical reactions to Viralys, as much as those signs might be associated with an upper repsiratory viral infection. Without examining Leo, i can't know for sure what might be going on with him, but it would be a good idea to have him examined by your veterinarian to see what might be causing those signs, and see if he needs any further therapy to help. I hope that he does well.

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Miku
Domestic cat
8 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed
Nose bleed, Rapid Breathing

My cat has a rapid breathing and she sneezes some blood on her nose too. She don't have that much energy to stand and walk, she was just lying down on the floor. Can you please help me what to do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Kittens are prone to upper respiratory infections and infectious disease. Miku needs to be seen by a veterinarian, and be examined to determine what might be going on with her. She may need medical treatment or medications. A veterinarian will be able to look at her and recommend treatment for her. I hope that she is okay.

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Rango
Siamese mix
10 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Stuffy nose & just spot of blood

Medication Used

Not on any

My cat continues to sneeze and cough a little, but has an appitite and is playing etc but now i see a little blood coming from corner of his nose after sneezing fit hez ten months old and he was in a hosehold of cats that had the cold virus but none are contagious. His sibling whom we also adopted did not have cold and they were both neutered today without complications. Should i be worried?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. If Rango is sneezing that much, he might benefit from antibiotic therapy - since your veterinarian just saw him for his surgery, you may be able to call and let hem know what is going on and get any recommendations as to treatment. They may want to see him as well, they will let you know when you call.

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Issei
Tuxedo
7 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

My husband and I rescued a sick kitten. He was sneezing, wheezing, coughing, etc. Now he sneezes occasionally but his sinuses are bleeding. He also has horrible breath. We really cannot afford to take him to a vet right now, what other home remedies should we try?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Unfortunately without examining Issei, I can't offer any kind of home remedies for him, but I do think that he should be seen, as I worry that he may have an infection affecting his mouth or sinuses. Many clinics actually do offer a 'free first exam', so that you can have Issie seen by using that service, you'll just need to call and find whether there is a clinic offering this in your area. I hope that everything is okay with him.

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kit kit
tuxedo kitty
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

very inactive, slow, weak

our kitty is about 8 years old, she has not been eating for about 4 days, she has been drinking water but now she is laying on dry clean towel and tiny bits of blood on the towel from her nose or mouth

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
502 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I can't examine Kit Kit or diagnose anything over email, but she needs to be seen by her veterinarian as soon as possible. She may have a problem with her mouth, her teeth, or her nasal passages. She needs to be examined to find the source of the problem, and find a solution. I hope that she is okay.

at the Brady Veterinary Hospital they said she got into something "Caustic"


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able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action.
She has been on antibiotics for 5 days now she is getting better and eating. (it was on the tip of her tongue)

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Andy
Persian
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

my cat has sever bleeding from nose from 1 year we have been medicating him from our local vet, the bleeding is not sever now but the nose is swollen and the blood still drips from nose ,he does not like us touch him,he forgets to litter in tray , eat food and we notice his forehead is swollen and brown tears from eyes keeps coming. x-ray is clear and no signs of tumour. his blood tests show no signs of anything. kindly advise home remedies and medication we could give him to comfort him

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
It is difficult to think what the specific cause may be, but I would suggest you try using a product like yunnan baiyao which is a hemostatic Traditional Chinese Medicine which has been used with success for decades and is becoming more popular in the west. Speak to your Veterinarian about it and its use. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ella
American Shorthair
9 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Medication Used

Prednisolone

My cat was diagnosed with a nasal tumor 5.3 months ago. However, with a home remedy (CBD and others), she has gotten better. However, within the past 2-3 days she has begun to sneeze blood, spattering the floor with small drops, 2-3 times a day. She has good energy. I am wondering if the sneezing (she had a URI as a kitten when I adopted her and chained sneezed even back then) has ruptured blood vessels in her nose, and if surgery might be required. She had a rhinoscopy five months ago when she was diagnosed. At that time she bleed heavily and the specialist was barely able to stop it. I am wondering if that also is a factor. Is there any way to cauterize the blood vessels, assuming that they can be found and identified? I am unwilling to have a IM specialist do a rhinosocopy one more time. Are there any home remedies that I might try?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Nosebleeding in these situations can be problematic and cauterisation may not be a viable option if you were willing to put Ella through this it not; repetitive sneezing may cause capillaries in the nasal cavity to rupture leading to nosebleeds. I would recommend trying yunnan baiyao at a dose of 0.25g twice per day given orally to see if there is any improvement; yunnan baiyao is a traditional chinese medicine which has been used for over a century in the east to stop bleeding when given either orally or applied topically. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

As of this morning I started to use a few drops of essential lavender oil in an aromatherapy diffuser. This seems to have helped a whole lot: not much sneezing at all today. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. The problem was with the sneezing, perhaps, as you have strongly suggested. As she has been doing this for years, it may have finally gotten too much for those delicate capillaries. I'm hoping the sharp reduction in sneezing will allow those capillaries to heal and the blood to clot in a way that permits that. Thank you for your suggestion of yunnan baiyao, which I will look for the next time I am in an area selling Chinese medicine.

I actually found some Yunnan Baiyao online and ordered five boxes. Ella just half an hour ago sneezed some blood, even though I have been using the diffuser since early morning.

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Mewmew
None
6 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bad breath

My cat just finished her medication on some sickness about a week ago.. this week I have noticed dried blood on his nose and his mouth. It happens every night and the next morning I would see dried blood in his nose and on his mouth. I am so worried. He also got skinnier from the fact he just finished medication from another sickness..Please enlighten me.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
There are various causes of nosebleeds in cats which may include infections, foreign objects, tumours, poisoning, medication side effects, trauma among other causes. The primary condition which was previously treated would have a bearing on whether this is connected or not. You could try seeing if this improves itself, but I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination since there may be something else going on here. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chester
American Shorthair
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nose bleed
Tired
Tires Easily
nervous
Sneezing

Medication Used

Clydamyacin

Is my cat ok? his nose is bleeding and he recently saw a vet and was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection and last night into this morning his nose has been bleeding on and off, he’s been sneezing, I’ve had to change from wet to dry food because he wouldn’t eat the dry food and his tail has been vibrating on and off and he meows sometimes through out the night

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
Nosebleeds are not uncommon with severe upper respiratory tract infections and sneezing can cause further nosebleeds; continue to give the antibiotics as prescribed by your Veterinarian and you should see an improvement over time, but blood clots may irritate the nose causing sneezing and subsequent bleeding. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gizbeth
domestic short hair
5 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My cat has been scratching her ears for a while now and loves it when we give them a good rub. When I rubbed them tonight she suddenly had a minor nose bleed. She doesn't seem bothered by it at all? No ear mites or excess was in ears. No other symptoms apart from lots of snoring!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2001 Recommendations
A sudden nosebleed may be caused by a few different causes including increased blood pressure, clotting disorders, infections, dental disorders, foreign bodies, tumours, trauma among other causes; foreign objects and tumours may also explain the loud snoring as well since airflow may be impeded during rest. I would keep an eye on Gizbeth and if the nosebleed recurs or you notice any other symptoms visit your Veterinarian for a checkup. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cat
Unknown
Has Symptoms
Tired Not Playing As Much
Nose Bleed
i have a 5 week old kitten and the box fan fell on her, she is bleeding from the nose a little and sniffling. she is also very tired, what should i do?