What to do if a cat bleeds from the nose?

Sad and sick tabby cat

Seeing that your cat bleeds from the nose is something that makes you worry about him, since although many times it is not a serious problem, at other times it is. The nasal bleeding, also known as epistaxis, can be caused by different reasons, so that It is important to know what to do in these cases.

So, we are going to deal with this topic, which can get complicated.

What is nasal epistaxis in cats?

Nasal epistaxis is bleeding from the nose, which can be caused by a scratch from another cat, by the presence of a foreign body or tumor, by trauma or by some disease such as immunodeficiency or feline leukemia, two very serious diseases that stray animals or with access to the outside usually have more.

Therefore, one of the things that is most recommended to do is to castrate them, since this reduces the risk of fights and, with it, also that of contagion.

When is it considered serious?

Although in the vast majority of cases it resolves on its own, or with a little help (cleaning the wound with chlorhexhydine, for example), sometimes we cannot wait for it to heal on its own. These situations are:

  • Poisoning: If the cat has ingested some toxins, it may have nose, anal or mouth bleeds.
  • Trauma: if it bleeds from a blow, such as that received by a car.
  • Tumors: early diagnosis will mean that the feline has a better chance of recovering.
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC): it occurs in serious pictures of different alterations, such as heat stroke or a viral illness.

What to do?

Take your cat to the vet whenever he needs it

If the cat bleeds from the nose, what we first have to do is clean and disinfect its nose with chlorhexhydine, but it is also very important to remain calm so that it does not get nervous. Then we must find out why it bleeds, but If the bleeding does not subside, or if we do not know why it happens, we will take him to the vet as soon as possible.

We hope it has been useful to you.

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