Your cat comes with a range of bonus features which help them to survive almost anything, communicate with people and other animals, and enhance their already high level of cuteness. From large ears to help them track and hunt their prey, to long, luscious fur to protect those originating from colder climes, cats bodies are well adapted and remarkable creations. One super important aspect is their tiny wet noses. Not only are they adorable, but a wet nose can tell you a lot about your cat’s mood, diet, and overall health.
In general, the wetness of your cat’s nose occurred as a byproduct of behavior, environment, and secretion levels. These tend to change regularly, so you should not be alarmed if your cat’s nose becomes warmer or dryer. As long as there are no other symptoms, it should not be anything to panic about. The best thing is to get to know your cat. This inside knowledge will be your best indicator if something feels wrong.
There are several reasons why your cat may have a wet nose, including:
Temperature and humidity play a large part in whether your cat has a dry or wet nose—sometimes more so than their health. If the weather outside is warmer than the air which is breathed out through your cat’s nose, moisture will develop on the nose and can create a wet-feeling nose. In the winter when the temperatures are lower and the winds strong and cold, moisture can be depleted from your cat’s nose, and this can result in a dry feeling.
Your cat’s wet nose may also be a consequence of grooming. Cats are always washing and grooming themselves, and if they have been licking their fur vigorously, they could present with a cold, wet nose when they say hello.
A wet nose can actually be a sign that your cat is feeling under the weather and has a runny nose. This can be a symptom of an upper respiratory infection, usually caused by viral conditions or bacteria. They also often develop as a response to feline herpes. If you suspect that this is the case, look for other symptoms such as watery or red eyes, clear or discolored mucus discharge and a wet, runny or drippy nose. Changes can be subtle; cats are experts at masking illness, so pay close attention if you suspect they are unwell.
Many cats hate water, but there are always a few who enjoy sticking their entire face into their water bowl. The clear color means it can be hard for them to identify the bottom of the container, and so they may plunge their entire face in before they realize. This can also be a sign that their dish is getting empty, so make sure clean water is always readily available.
The best thing you can do is to get to know your cat very well and study their behavior and responses. This will help you to determine if something is wrong more rapidly, and will help to indicate when you need to seek further assistance or veterinary treatment.