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My cat has a chronically dirty nose. I dont want to pick out

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My cat has a chronically dirty nose. I don't want to pick out the boogers-- I think we'd both hate that. But is there a better solution? Mineral oil applied with a Q-tip, with the hope that he'd sneeze the boogers out? Or, is there a better way?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 7 years ago.
Hi there,

Sounds like a fun job!

I have just a couple of questions.

1. Is Archie sneezing at all?
2. What color are the boogers?
3. Is he eating and drinking ok?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.


Unlike any of the many cats of my acquaintance, the slits of Archie's nose aren't colorless. They're black, like he has a dirty nose.


The boogers in his nose are dark/black.


I've had him since he has about 9 weeks old. He's always had a good appetite for water and for food (I've fed him only Science Diet kitten food).


When I first got him, I used Tidy Cats clay litter. I've since moved on to clumping litter. He's had a dirty nose the whole time.

Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 7 years ago.
Has he had any sneezing or any other symptoms of a respiratory infection?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

No, he has never sneezed.
Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 7 years ago.
Ok, thank you.

The black discharge in near the nostrils usually supports one of the following conditions:

1. Viral skin infection (herpes or calicivirus dermatitis)
2. Skin allergies (not likely at this age)
3. Apocrine hyperhidrosis (sweat gland disorder)

The most likely is the viral infection. In either case, there is no absolute need to treat this as kitties affected are usually fine otherwise so it's only a cosmetic problem. In the case of herpes virus dermatitis, supplement called L-Lysine can help; you can buy this at a drugstore and give him a 500mg tablet twice daily for 2-3 months - if helps, you can stop and restart if needed again.

Hope this helps; please let me know if you have any questions; best of luck!
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