Having your own pet is one of the best ways to relieve stress. If you are able to build a good relationship with them, you are assured that they will show their affection to you in their own cute ways. One of the most affectionate pets you can get is a cat. It has various ways to show you that they are happy being with you. They also have tendencies that may seem weird to you, like the way that their noses suddenly run from time to time. Knowing more about these tendencies can help you understand your pet better since these may have both positive and negative connotations on your pets.
Positive Connotations of a Cat’s Wet Nose
When you are petting or patting the back or head of your cat, you may have seen signs of its nose getting wet. This tendency of a cat may be caused by various reasons. One explanation of this wetness can be caused by a cat’s purring. This is one of the positive signs that may come from the wetness of its nose because this shows that the cat loves it when you are patting or petting certain parts of its body.
When a cat purrs, its sweat glands have the tendency to act up. If your cat’s nose is hairless, the moisture is visible since there is no hair that is covering it. This is a natural phenomenon and does not need to be attended to. When a cat’s nose becomes wet, it helps regulate the temperature of its body. In most cases, a cat’s nose is one of the few areas that do not have fur covering it. This area can be used to cool down its body temperature. Another advantage of having a wet nose is that it gives the cat a better sense of smell.
Negative Indications of Excessive Wetness of a Cat’s Nose
The moisture on your cat’s nose eventually evaporates as it is being used to cool down its body. However, there are some cases in which the wetness on your cat’s nose becomes excessive and just does not seem to dry up. When this happens, you must bring your cat to a vet because this may be caused by a few diseases. In most cases, excessive wetness on a cat’s nose may be due to allergies. Other illnesses that may cause excessive wetness include sneezing, diarrhoea, vomiting, and upper respiratory congestion. It is not easy to identify if your cat has an illness. That is why you have to be vigilant. Excessive wetness of a cat’s nose is just one of the indicators that it is sick.
Visible Symptoms of a Cat’s Sickness
Seeing that excessive wetness of a cat’s nose is just one of the visible signs that your pet cat is not feeling well, it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with other indicators that your pet has an illness. Below are some indicators that you should watch out for:
- One key symptom that you may clearly see is when your cat’s nose has been dry for the whole day. It may signify that your cat is dehydrated and needs replenishment. In other cases, this may also signify that your cat may be having a fever. If you are unsure, it is advised that you have your cat checked by a doctor. There can be other severe illnesses that a cat may have when its nose has remained dry for at least a day.
- Another key indicator that your cat is sick is when it has a sudden increase in its appetite. Cats should be given regular diets so that you can use their appetites as indicators of illnesses. Sudden changes in appetite could mean that your pet has diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or some kind of bowel disease.
- Cats do not usually have bad breath. You can easily identify bad breath issues if you are close to your cat, and you are familiar with the usual smell of its breath. Bad breath may signify that it is experiencing tooth pain. In the worst cases, it may have periodontal disease. Your cat must be checked as soon as possible because this type of disease may lead to severe kidney, liver, or heart conditions.
Be Aware of Your Cat’s Condition
It is never fun to see a loved one in pain. Pets are just like humans. Pain causes them suffering. The main difference is that pets are not able to tell you about their illnesses. It is up to you to catch the signs and symptoms that your cat is in a condition that needs to be checked by a vet.