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What is Runny Nose?

If your cat has a runny nose, you may be wondering if you should bring him into a vet. Some causes of runny noses are minor and do not require treatment, however, others are serious and require immediate medical attention. It’s always recommended to visit a vet if your cat is experiencing a runny nose. 

Just like humans, cats can suffer from a runny nose, or nasal discharge. A runny nose is common in cats and fairly easy to spot. It may occur in one or both of your cat’s nostrils, and the discharge may be clear or have color, depending on the underlying cause. 

Symptoms of Runny Nose in Cats

A runny nose is characterized by nasal discharge. Cat owners may notice a watery or thick discharge that is clear and colorless. However, nasal discharge may also have streaks of blood or pus, giving it a slightly red, yellow, or green color. Symptoms that may accompany a runny nose include:

  • Sneezing
  • Eye discharge
  • Stuffy nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

Causes of Runny Nose in Cats

There are a number of different health conditions that could cause a runny nose in your cat. Some of them are minor issues, while others will need emergency medical attention from a veterinarian. Causes of a runny nose include:

  • Allergies
  • Upper respiratory infection, also known as cat flu
  • Bacterial or fungal infection in the nasal cavity
  • Tumors in the nasal cavity
  • Foreign objects in the nasal cavity
  • Head trauma
  • Pneumonia
  • Nasal polyps

Diagnosis of Runny Nose in Cats

A vet will be able to determine your cat has a runny nose by simply observing him. However, you should still inform your vet of any other symptoms you have noticed, aside from the runny nose, so he can diagnose the underlying condition. If the discharge is clear, your vet may identify the cause as allergies without doing any further testing. However, if there is blood or pus in the discharge, further testing may be required.

A complete blood count and biochemistry profile may be performed in order to see if there are any abnormalities. For example, an elevated white blood cell count may signal that an infection is causing the nasal discharge. The vet may also swab the inside of the nasal cavity to test the discharge for bacteria and fungus. If the vet believes there is another cause for the discharge, he may perform either a CT scan or an endoscopy to look for tumors, foreign objects, or polyps.

Treatment of Runny Nose in Cats

Treatment will vary depending on what is causing the runny nose. If a foreign object is lodged into your cat’s nasal cavity or polyps are present, the vet may need to perform emergency surgery to safely remove the object or polyps. 

A vet will prescribe medication to treat runny noses caused by fungal or bacterial infections. It’s the cat owner’s responsibility to orally administer this medication at home and bring the cat in for a follow-up visit to ensure the infection has healed. Medication can include antifungals, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories if the nasal lining is irritated.

Cat flu is usually a virus, so there is no medication to treat it. However, cat owners may be told to make sure the cat is drinking plenty of fluids while he recovers. Keeping the eyes and nose free of discharge while the cat recovers from cat flu is also important.

One of the common causes of a runny nose in cats is exposure to allergens. If the vet thinks this is what is causing your cat’s runny nose, testing may be suggested. This will help you figure out what your cat is allergic to so you can reduce or eliminate the cat’s exposure to the allergen.

Recovery of Runny Nose in Cats

The time your cat takes to recover from a runny nose will depend on what is causing it. If a fungal or bacterial infection is the cause, your cat should recover after a being treated with antibiotics or antifungal medication. 

Cats usually fully recover from cat flu, however, kittens and older cats with other health conditions may experience complications in their recovery. Even after they heal from cat flu, cats remain carriers, meaning they may suffer from the condition again at some point in their lives. 

Recovery from allergy-related runny noses is usually fairly quick if you prevent the cat’s exposure to the allergen. However, some allergies are seasonal and reactions are caused by exposure to pollen or other environmental elements. If this is the case, although you cannot prevent exposure, you can talk to your vet about treating the reactions with antihistamines as needed.

If your cat required surgery to remove a foreign object or polyps, he may need up to a week to physically recover. Your vet will most likely need to reexamine him after the surgery to ensure everything is healing properly.

Runny Nose Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Sophie
Calico
6
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

mucus

My cat has a light green discharge coming from her nose. She can barely breathe through her nose. She also has mucus coming from the side of her mouth constantly. When she tries to eat she leaves mucus in her food bowl. It's draining from her mouth more than anything. I gave her a allergy tablet and an Allegra four hours later. What else can I do to help her? I don't have any money to take her to the vet at moment so that's unfortunately not an option. Please help. I love her so much!!!

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
A greenish discharge would suggest an infection, nasal mites, foreign objects, polyps etc…; I understand that money can be tight but if there is an infection there is nothing effectively at home you can give to treat. If money is tight, search for charity clinics in your area which may be able to assist you in return for a donation. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shadow
Unknown
Approx. 1 and a half years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Lethargy
Running Nose
less vocal

Yesterday, Shadow was less vocal and was drooling a fair amount. This morning she seemed fine and was not drooling. Today when I got home from work, Shadow is again less vocal and has a slow runny nose. She has still been eating and drinking, and still follows me and purrs, overall acting mostly normal. She is slightly more lethargic, but not by a lot. Both the drool yesterday and the nasal discharge today have been clear and odorless.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
Drooling and nasal discharge may be caused by a few different issues which may include infection, dental issues, allergies, chemical irritants among other issues; keep an eye on Shadow and make sure that there is nothing which could be affecting her which she could have licked like a plant or cleaning product. If the problem continues, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Butters
tabby
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

stuffy nose

My cat is 2 years old. He has a really hard time breathing with his stuffy nose. He is eating and drinking great. No color discharge. Its all clear, he is not losing any weight. Just very stuffy. Should i be concered ?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
A stuffy nose may be caused by a variety of different issues including allergies, infections, foreign objects, other sources of irritation, tumours among other causes; you could try to keep Butters in the bathroom whilst you take a shower to try and loosen the mucus and give cetirizine at 5mg per day to see if there is any improvement. If you see no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Carmilla
Ragdoll
9 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

How can i help my cat , yesterday she was ok but this morning she had a runny nose, viscos massive vomiting, and lose of appetite, defcalty in Swallowing refused to eat and become so aggressive, hids in tight spaces ..she's a indoor cat never been out

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
There are a few different possible causes for the symptoms you are describing which may include infections (coronavirus), food allergies, foreign bodies among other issues; I would highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination but in the meantime ensure that Carmilla is hydrated and try to keep her in a humid environment to help loosen any mucus from the nose. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jynxxx
Maine Coon
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My baby jynxx has been having a hard time breathing through his nose due to being stoped up and runny...he's also lost a bit of wait and not eating as much! What can I do??

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
Being stuffed up may be caused by a few different causes including infections, allergies, foreign bodies, parasites among other causes; you can try giving cetirizine at a dose of 5mg per day to see if there is any improvement and also placing Jynxx in a humid environment (room with a humidifier or keep him in the bathroom when you take a shower). Other than that a visit to your Veterinarian would be best to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Black Tortoise
3 / 4 months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

We just adopted a kitten she sneezes sometimes and I have seen a little bit of snot. She acts like a normal cat and has a great appetite. Should we take her to the vet immediately?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
A little nasal discharge or snot can be normal when a kitten is brought into a new environment and may take some time for it to clear up; if the discharge is not clear then infection, mites or another issues may be going on so a visit to your Veterinarian may be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ashby
Domestic shorthair
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Sneezing
Slight runny nose

He threw up food this morning twice and seems to be sneezing quite a bit. I’ve just noticed a bit of clear discharge as he woke up. He seems a little lethargic but using his tray fine and still wanting to eat. Should I be concerned?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
Ashby may have some respiratory tract issues which may have lead to heaving and vomiting or may have a little stomach issue; I would keep an eye out for a day or two to see if he vomits again or you notice any other symptoms, if he does it may be worth a visit as there are a few possible causes for vomiting which should be checked out by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mia
Domestic long hair
3 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Running Nose
Sneezing

Medication Used

Orbax
Doxycycline
Clavamox antibiotic- oral

Hello. I adopted a 7 week old female kitten on September 15 and the next day she was severely congested that she stopped eating and drinking water. I took the to the vet and they gave her come antibiotics and some nose drops. That did not work so the vet advised me to take her to the animal shelter where i got her and see if they could help me since I am unemployed and didn’t have the financial resources at the time. When I took her to the shelter she had lost half a pound so she only weighed 1 pound. A worker took her for 2 weeks and gave her some medicine. I got her back back on 10.2 and she looked better she was still skinny and she still needed medicine so they gave a me a week of antibiotics. She’s 3 months now and weighs 2 pounds and she eats and drinks water perfectly. She’s active and plays with my other kitten. The only concern i have is that she has a runny and stuffy nose and she sneezes. I called the vet and they said it’ll go away on its own that shes fine as long as she’s eating and drinking water. I give her L-Lysine everyday since one day her eyes looked really really bad and one of my friends suggested trying it since we suspected she might be Feline Herpes positive. Her eyes got so much better once I gave her l-lysine. Is their anything i could do to help her with her stuffy and runny nose?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
The stuffy runny nose may be caused by a few different causes which include allergies, nasal mites, infections, foreign bodies etc… If Mia is very stuffy, I would suggest getting a humidifier or keeping her in the bathroom whilst you shower so the warm humid air can loosen the stuffiness and help it drain; if the cause is allergies, cetirizine at 5mg per day may help. The colour of the discharge will help give an indication to whether it is an infection or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Storm
tabby
Around 3 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Discharge
Runny eyes
Runny Nose

I've had a tabby cat for around 3 years now. She has constantly had a runny nose, dripping eyes, and even brown discharge coming from her eyes. She's had it for years and it never really goes away, but there are days where it worsens. It doesn't seem to bother her or anything so we assume she just has allergies. If we see it looking bad we usually just wipe her eyes with a tissue and that's it. She has been to the vet for other things such as vaccines, checkups and desexing and the vets haven't seen anything out of the ordinary. We haven't brought it up with them because it's so natural now that it just slips our mind to mention it. Should we be worried

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
It is possible that the symptoms you are describing are due to allergies, you could try giving cetirizine at a dose of 5mg per day to see if there is any improvement in the severity of symptoms; also it is important to consider chemical irritants and other possible sources of irritation. I would keep an eye on it, but if it slips your mind it may be worth making a specific trip just for that when the symptoms are at their peak. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lumiere
Himalayan
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Nose
Diarrhea
Black eye goop
Sneezing

I just got a 3 month old kitten from a shelter about a week ago. They were feeding him dry food at the shelter, but he will barely eat it at home. We have tried giving him wet food, but it gave him diarrhea. We switched back to the dry food, soaked, and his stomach is settling. But now we've noticed him sneezing occasionally, and I've seen him with a little bit of a runny nose and a little bit of black goop near his eyes. I had a cat before that had the black eye goop, and my parents always told me it was just allergies. We did just clean the furnace vents in my apartment, so I'm thinking it's related to that. I just want to make sure that this isn't related, and that my baby boy is ok. Thank you!

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
A new environment for a kitten may cause some allergies or he may exposed to some environmental pathogens that his body isn’t used to. It isn’t unusual for a kitten to lose their appetite in a new environment, but it is important to encourage eating with appetising foods and then wean him across to a dry kibble; also if you change is food suddenly, it may also cause diarrhoea. I would keep his eye and ears clean and keep a close eye on him, if there is no improvement after a few days I would take him in for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dale
American Curl
18 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Runny nose, stuffy nose, eye discha

Dale has had a chronic runny nose, stuffy nose and eye discharge for almost his entire life. I have no money for the vet but I have amoxocillin and Cipro on hand. Should I give him one-of these? What would the cat dosage be? Are there any OTC medicines that would give him some relief?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
It would be irresponsible to recommend giving antibiotics to a cat without examining it first, we have too many problems with antibiotic resistance. A runny nose may be caused by a variety of different causes which may include infections, allergies, foreign objects, dental disorders, chemical irritation, parasites among other problems. I would first look at giving something like Benadryl at a dose of 0.5mg/lb twice per day to see if there was any improvement, especially if the discharge was clear; also keeping the environment around a cat humid can help loosen nasal discharge (or have them in the bathroom whilst taking a shower). If the discharge is discoloured, you should visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost for effective treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vetmed.wsu.edu/outreach/Pet-Health-Topics/categories/common-problems/nasal-discharge-sneezing http://veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com/clinical-approach-nasal-discharge-proceedings

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Mandy Moo
Shorthair tabby
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

She has been sneezing and stuffed up for about three days now. There is some discharge but it seems to be just clear but when I wiped her nose earlier it was a little pink but I think that is just from the irritation there is some labored breathing. She is still eating and drinking. My concern is her age and the fact that she has lost a lot of weight lately. She has hyperthyroidism and I haven’t been able to afford to take her to the vet lately. Should I be concerned about the sneezing?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
Sneezing and a blocked nose can be just a upper respiratory tract infection/rhinitis; however it may be an indicator of other issues like tumours, allergies or foreign object blockage. Given her age and her thyroid issues I would strongly suggest taking her in for a once over examination to make sure she is otherwise aright and her other systems are functioning well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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