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My Barney has what looks like matted fur on his nose bridge

Customer Question

My Barney has what looks like matted fur on his nose bridge and looks like it is spreading he is an indoor cat.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Barney 3 in July.
JA: How old is Barney?
Customer: 3
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Barney?
Customer: no he seems fine other than that
Submitted: 9 days ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 days ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 days ago.

Can you share pictures of what you are seeing?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
how doo I upload the photos?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 days ago.

There is an attachment function on the page that should allow you to post pictures and video. You can also use websites like and to upload pictures and video respectively. Once this is done, a set of links will appear. You can then post the link back and I can access them. I’ll be standing by.

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
photos attached
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 days ago.

Thank you for these pics.

1) Have you tried any efforts in cleaning the area? Does the matting wash away?

2) Is Barney eating any canned cat food from a can or tin?
3) Is he indoors only?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I have tried to wash it looks better for a short time.
Indoor cat.
Eats Wellness canned food grain free and Iams dry food.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 days ago.

To clarify, is he eating any of the canned food FROM the can? Is it served on a dish or the lid from the can just removed?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
always from a dish washed every time he gets food, never from the can.
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Any ideas?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 days ago.


Because you feel this may be expanding across the bridge of the nose, I would have your vet examine the area and ensure that there is not a moist dermatitis occurring beneath the fur in this area. We can see this happen with the change of the seasons, for example, if more fluid is coming from the eyes in cases like allergies, etc.

We can also see matting like this on the nose in cats that are dealing with sinus discharge and/or fur loss. You do not mention any mucus, but keep a close eye out for this. Persistent matting may indicate concerns that will need to be addressed such as mites, a fungal infection, afflictions that develop from sun exposure (sometimes even through windows), cancer, etc.

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
What can I put on a fungal infection that wont hurt him?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 days ago.

In this area, it would be difficult. Likely oral medications would be better indicated as the risk of any topical meds getting into his eyes are quite high.

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
ok thank you.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 days ago.