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Black crusty's around the nose? [Aug. 11th, 2011|02:31 pm]
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Orangey hasn't been as wheezy/hairball-y lately after following some awesome tips I got on here so thank you!

That said, for about a week now, I've been noticing this black crust build up around Orangey's nose. It's usually dry and kind of just stuck on around his nose. I don't think it's flea related as I usually brush him out and keep him updated with flea stuff so I'm not exactly sure what it could be? I don't see him bleeding from the nose or anything but it LOOKS like dried blood almost. Has anyone experienced anything like it before? Is it a respiratory concern or? It's usually in the same spot on both sides of his nostrils.

Orangey's 'crust' (I had wiped one side off):


[User Picture]From: mejane_83
2011-08-11 07:08 pm (UTC)
My orange cat gets it too... I always thought it was boogers.
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[User Picture]From: zombies_bite
2011-08-11 08:24 pm (UTC)
I thought that at first but like, when he gets snotty, it's usually greenish. I was just worried since it was all black looking. D:
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[User Picture]From: silaren
2011-08-11 09:52 pm (UTC)
The difference is, when the snot builds up, you can see the color (or it acquires color, not sure which), but when it's thin the way it's supposed to be, it just collects dirt (that's one of its jobs) and all you see is the dried dirt.
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[User Picture]From: canineatheart
2011-08-11 07:35 pm (UTC)
That article isn't even relevant. The OP posted asking about crusty buildup around her cat's nostrils and the article you linked is about freckles/actual spots and pigment on the skin.
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[User Picture]From: canineatheart
2011-08-11 07:37 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, my orange cats get them every now and again and they've never had any issues. My vet was unconcerned and said it's likely just dirt and buildup.
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[User Picture]From: zombies_bite
2011-08-11 08:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, alright. I usually just clean it off but I wanted to make sure it wasn't something leading up to something else that was worse, if that makes sense.
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[User Picture]From: subluxate
2011-08-11 08:29 pm (UTC)
That's almost certainly what it is. (Ex-vet tech.)
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[User Picture]From: takenbylovely
2011-08-11 09:55 pm (UTC)
Me too.

Also, the cat that gets them most here is also an orangeycat.
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[User Picture]From: crystallinegirl
2011-08-11 08:52 pm (UTC)
My cat got those right after we moved across the country into an entirely different climate. They disappeared after a month. I figured she just had to get used to the climate/new apartment.
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[User Picture]From: mesmerizek
2011-08-11 11:19 pm (UTC)
My cream cat gets that when he's using a dusty litter such as clay.
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[User Picture]From: zombies_bite
2011-08-11 11:21 pm (UTC)
Hm, maybe I'll try switching litters then. We've been using tidy cat's 'small spaces' litter since we live in an efficiency but it is that clay stuff.

I originally tried the newspaper based ones (yesterdays' news, etc) and he didn't seem to enjoy it; though, I saw one made out of corn? yesterday so maybe I'll pick that up.
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[User Picture]From: kahlan_amnell
2011-08-12 12:47 am (UTC)
My cats get a bit of that, and vets have told me it is nothing to worry about, it is just normal discharge.
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[User Picture]From: lotusblue
2011-08-12 05:12 am (UTC)
My orange tabby gets something very similar to that, but under her chin. It comes off in flakes if I rub it or clean her, but it always comes back. Similarly to what other posters have said, it's a combo of saliva (since she is prone to drooling) and the dirt it traps, and is completely harmless.
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[User Picture]From: tranquillita
2011-08-12 07:24 am (UTC)
Dirty kitty snot! My boy has had it since he was a kitten; I've always just brushed/picked it off for him. Sounds like it's pretty common, hey? XD
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