What to do if your cat has a swollen nose bridge

As a pet parent, you would naturally be concerned if your cat suddenly had a swollen nose bridge. If there are no signs that your cat was injured from physical trauma, like scratches or other physical injuries, it could be a sign of a common feline condition. Swollen nose bridge on cats could be a sign of cat rhinitis and often warrants a visit to your veterinarian.

Cats Get Stuffy Too

Yes, just like humans, cats can also suffer from rhinitis, which is the medical term for a stuffed-up nose. It causes inflammation of a cat's nose. It is possible that your feline friend might suffer from either acute or chronic (long-standing rhinitis).

Causes of rhinitis also include:

  • Viral Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)

  • Bacterial infections

  • Fungal disease

  • Abscessed tooth root

  • Neoplasia

  • Foreign object in the nose

  • Parasites

  • Nasal polyps

  • Congenital deformities

Kittens and cats in shelter and boarding situations are more susceptible to contracting acute viral rhinitis. The viruses that cause rhinitis are highly contagious. Older cats might develop the conditions from dental disease or neoplasia, which is the growth of abnormal tissue.

Symptoms of Feline Rhinitis

In addition to a swollen nose bridge, you might notice your cat experiencing other symptoms, such as:

  • Sneezing and/or congested breathing

  • Nasal discharge from one or both sides of the nose

  • Discharge from eyes

  • Loss of appetite

  • Reverse sneezing

Treating Feline Rhinitis 

It is possible that your cat can become a chronic carrier and could have future recurrences that can be treated on an ongoing basis. A prolonged infection might turn bacterial, which would require antibiotic treatment.

  • It is a good idea for when swollen nose bridge on cats occurs to consult with your veterinarian. Viral rhinitis will generally resolve itself within seven to 10 days.

  • Your veterinarian will often perform an examination to rule out other conditions. He or she will look for dental abscesses and other abnormalities that could suggest other causes for a swollen nose bridge.

  • If your pet does have cat rhinitis, you can make them feel more comfortable by using a humidifier. This will help loosen nasal mucus and make it easier to drain.

  • Natural supplements like Prana Pet's Sinus Support have a blend of ingredients that can alleviate the symptoms and dramatically improve your cats comfort overall.

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