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My Cat Seems To Have Black Scabs Inside Her Nose, What Is Is?

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Without a proper physical examination by a veterinarian, it is very difficult to diagnose any condition an animal may have. If you are concerned for your pet's health, the bottom line is that they get to a vet as soon as is humanly possible. Chances are that there is very little wrong if your cat still has its usual personality, but it is always better to be safe than sorry! If it is indeed a small problem, you will be likely to pay anywhere up to about £30 for the consultation and a further £10 to £20 for treatment, though your vet may of course charge considerably less than this and most RSPCA treatment centres offer heavily discounted rates.

With that in mind, there are a few quite likely causes of your cat's scabs, and you will need to consider a few points about your cat's lifestyle in order to determine which are relevant and which are not.

Firstly, is your cat an indoor or outdoor pet? If she goes outdoors, has she been spayed, or does she come into heat? Cat love can be quite a violent thing, and tom cats will often appear fairly aggressive to females during the act - perhaps she has sustained a few scratches in a scuffle? If she spends time with other cats, it's also quite likely she has fleas, and many cats can have an allergic skin reaction to flea bites that could manifest itself as scabs. The flesh in the nose is obviously very soft and quite susceptible to damage.

Your cat could also have mites. These are more often found in the ears but could have spread nearby. Like fleas, they are easily treated with store bought treatments if you desperately want to avoid vet bills.

You may also want to consider what your cat has been eating. If they have had a recent change in diet, they could be experiencing an allergic reaction.

If none of these are relevant, if the condition worsens, if the cat's behaviour changes, or if the scabs spread to her eyes or ears, take her to a vet immediately.
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Is it bad that they are in his nose? My kitten is about 4 months old and he too has fleas. I put frontline on him so when they go on him they should die. But the black gunk in his nose looks more like dried up boogers or even dried up blood? I don't know. But I don't want to shove anything too far up to see if he has fleas in his nose. Should I just bring him to the vet or not worry about it?
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Its just boogers.
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My cat has this too! My husband and I adopted him from a local shelter a few months ago and I never noticed anything until recently. At about the same time he started getting the black gunk we also discovered he had fleas. I thought it might be flea dirt but now the fleas are one and the gunk remains. I clean out his nose, gross, but I do almost every day and everyday it's back. It's weird. If anyone can tell me why this is I would love to know.
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my step dad is a vet and he says that sometimes this happens when cats routinely sniff/ nose around in their own poo....
our kitten had it, i just make sure that I'm cleaning the litter box very often and I stop him if he sniffs our other cat's butt. Hope this helps.
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I've seen what looks like a scab at the edge of the nostrils on a kitten I rescued from the animal shelter and scraped one out of each nostril with my fingernail. They were FLEAS! He is to young for advantage and I"ve been combing the fleas off with great success, except for the ones that have hidden inside his NOSE.
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I just asked a similar question, my cat has it too, but it is very much like his eye sleepies and he has it pretty much all the time. The person who answered me said it was normal. It is just gunk that gets dry.

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