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Q. My cat has a snuffly nose and I'm worried in case it is causing him not to be able to breath properly.

Answered By
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

A. If he is breathing through his mouth he must be examined as an emergency, if it is just snuffly more like a human with a headcold it is unlikely to become immediately worse. You can try bathing his nose gently with warm water if there is obvious discharge blocking his nose and placing some olbas oil or vicks rub in hot water close to him to relieve congestion - do not allow him to drink it though! It is likely he has developed a respiratory infection. Most of these are viral but bacterial infections can also develop and wold benefit from treatment, very occasionally cats can also get foreign bodies such as grass seeds stuck in their nose causing distress and these would need to be removed


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