The throat is the end of the two major air passages that begin at the nostrils. Very fine scrolls of bone called turbinates fill the nasal passages. They have a covering of pink tissue (mucosa), much like the lining of the mouth. As the air passes through the turbinates in the nose, it is warmed and filtered on its way to the lungs. The nasal cavity is separated from the mouth by what we call the “roof” of the mouth, or the hard palate.
The source of a nasal discharge is typically in the upper respiratory organs, such as the nasal cavities, sinuses, and postnasal area. However, if the cat has a swallowing disorder or a digestive tract disease, secretions may be forced into the postnasal area. If the secretions are coming from the eyes, it may be caused by nerve damage to the middle ear.
This nasal discharge may be watery, thick, and mucus-like, or it may have pus or blood in it. (Blood-tinged discharge is a good indicator that there is a blood disorder.) Nasal discharge usually occurs when infectious, chemical, or inflammatory invaders irritate the nasal passages. It may also be from a foreign object that has become lodged in the nose. If your cat has a middle ear disease, it may decrease the normal secretions and cause the body to secrete an abnormal amount of mucus.
Remember that it is normal for cats to sneeze and have a nasal discharge, just as it is for humans. It is only when it becomes severe or chronic that you need to become concerned.
A product made of fluid, cell waste, and cells
The term for a type of medication that impacts immunity, metabolism, sexual characteristics, and other such elements of a living thing
Bones inside the nasal cavity
The teeth found between the canine teeth and molars
The term for the nostrils and muscles in the upper and lower lips of an animal; may also be used to describe a type of tool used to keep an animal from biting
The whole system involved in digestion from mouth to anus
A type of slime that is made up of certain salts, cells, or leukocytes
A localized infection, usually a lesion filled with pus. Can be large or small in size.
A bundle of fibers that are used in the process of sending impulses through the body