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Black stuff in his nose

post #1 of 9
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My cat Morgan has had this little problem for a few months. He will get this black stuff gathered at the corner of his nose every few days. He is otherwise 100% fine, maybe a bit overweight. But hes fine in general. Eating and playing etc. I dont think it warrants a visit to the vet, Im just curious about what it could be.
I let it go for a few days and then am able to very gently wipe it away. Its not sticky, and not blood. Its always in the same spot though, just in the very corner of one side of his nose. Im baffled. Neither of my other cats get this.

Anyone know what it could be?
post #2 of 9
One word , "acne" . You are doing the right thing washing it away with a rag and some warm water . If your cat is having plastic bowls to eat and drink out , get rid of it . You will see a change in it (hopefuly) when you use ceramic bowl , glas or the metal ones . I had the same problem with a few of my cats . Lately I was wondering after changing to differend food bowls that some still have some problems , till I have seen that the cats were also drinking from the dogs plastic bowl . So yesterday I got a new drinking bowl for my dog , so the cats can enjoy his water lol .
post #3 of 9
All of mine get that. I had no idea it was acne. I thought it was just dirt. I use plastic feeders and a water jug that feeds into a bowl. Any suggestions on how to integrate other containers for them to eat directly out of? They love their feeders, and do not like to eat out of bowls except their wet food bowls that are Pyrex.
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Originally Posted by krazy kat2
All of mine get that. I had no idea it was acne. I thought it was just dirt. I use plastic feeders and a water jug that feeds into a bowl. Any suggestions on how to integrate other containers for them to eat directly out of? They love their feeders, and do not like to eat out of bowls except their wet food bowls that are Pyrex.
I am sure if you get a new food bowl for them and if they are hungry enough they will eat out of it . Sorry no other idea .
post #5 of 9
If it is at the corner of his nose, and therefore coming out of his nose, it is probably a low-lying URI. To keep his nose from being clogged, you can take a cloth soaked in warm water, or a cotton ball and gently clean it off. If it is dried and really hard, use a vet prescribed antibiotic cream, put a little dab on the crust, wait a few moments for it to soak in then remove the crust using the warm water cloth method.

If it gets even more pronounced, you might want to consider taking him to the vet. But at any rate, keeping the airways clean is a good idea, because if a cat can't smell, soon he stops eating.

Acne generally shows up on the chin, not under the nose.
post #6 of 9
If it's black stuff in or below the nostrils it's probably not acne. It's probably just dirt. It doesn't have to mean anything.
post #7 of 9
I just visited my favorite German forum, and somebody posted the same question several days ago. She took her cat to a vet, and the vet (not her regular one) said it was cat acne. She felt uncertain, as the "black stuff" was a bit hard to wash off, and asked for opinions/advice on the forum. A few people suggested URI, as M.A. did. Anyway, she took the cat to her regular vet on Thursday, and she diagnosed a mild conjunctivitis ("pink eye") and prescribed a salve. So you might want to take Morgan to the vet.
post #8 of 9
Same thing happens to my cat...and it's dust from the kitty litter.
post #9 of 9
Kuce occasionally gets this too. WE've ruled out cancer. But she does have allergies so its from excessive drainage.

It could be just dirt, but could be acne, excessive nasal or tear discharge (possibly from allergies or normal), or something else that might needs some meds.

Take him to the vet to play it safe and hopefully rule out anything medical.
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