Hi again, and thanks for your very helpful reply.
If you don't think it's dried blood, it just might be dirt that sometimes gathers around the nostrils. Just gently try to soften it with the damp cloth until it starts coming off. If you're not making any progress, resist the urge to pick at it and have her seen by the vet for a definite diagnosis of what it is and why it's there.
If her poo has been loose for a few weeks, add some plain boiled rice to her canned food. Runny poo can be caused by intestinal parasites, so it would be advisable to have a fecal sample tested at the vet's. She may need a worming medication or intestinal antibiotic if she has an intestinal infection.
You can also add 1 tsp. plain, canned pumpkin (not pie filling) to a small amount of canned food in the morning and the evening. The beneficial fiber helps with both constipation and diarrhea.
A probiotic called Fortiflora for cats may also be helpful, as it's designed to help with diarrhea. Here is more information:
You can usually find it in pet stores or vet's offices or you can order online.
Feeding high quality canned food is healthier than dry, so try to feed her more of that. She can have small amounts of high quality dry food for 'grazing,' which cats love to do. Here is an interesting article written by a feline vet on how best to feed our cats:
If she is a very long haired cat, brush and comb her twice every day, to remove 'dead' fur to decrease hairballs and yes, she could be shedding her undercoat, due to the season. You can give her some hairball gel like Laxatone or Petromalt or if you don't have those brands in your area, get what's available in your pet supply store. Follow directions on the box.
If she seems always hungry, she may be developing a thyroid issue like hyperthyroidism. Here is more information:
She may not have all the symptoms, but a routine blood panel plus a thyroid Free T4 test at the vet's, will help to show if anything is not within normal limits.
I hope all will be well with your kitty!
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