My cat's nose is perpetually dry, and he will get "boogers" with moderate frequency (similar to eye boogers, dry clumps of something or other with no associated mucous that come free if I pick at them). He is half Persian but his nose is just small, not squashed, and apart from occasional (brief) sneezing fits and a spat of flea dermatitis years ago, he is a very healthy and happy cat.

My concern is not so much that he's sick as whether or not I'm doing the right thing in response to his nose issues. I am a bit of a compulsive groomer with my animals and there are basically two points on which I can't tell if I'm helping or just being fussy:

  1. As with eye boogers, I will immediately take out nose boogers if I notice them. He lets me but he's clearly not happy with it and will squirm. Since he is part Persian and does have occasional sneezing fits, I worry that these things could obstruct his airway, but I also know that with humans, nose-picking sometimes just makes the problem worse.

  2. I'm increasingly tempted lately to try to put something on his nose to help the skin. He loves to sit in front of the heater, which I'm sure is most of the reason, but his nose will get flaky and hard sometimes and it bothers me. I worry it might be uncomfortable. Is there something that would be cat-safe (like coconut oil, even) that I could put on it, and is this even a good idea in the first place?

This is all stuff I could easily leave alone if I knew it was detrimental, but it's hard to find anything specific. Help & info is appreciated.

Edit: Here's a picture - the white is not camera glare but a dry patch, and you can see a little bit of gunk on the left.

close up of sleepy black cat's face


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A small amount of eye gunk and nose boogers is normal. It is how the nose and eyes clean themselves. What you do will not change this, so if you want you might remove it or leave it to your cat to remove it himself.

So this is not something you really need to remove. But you should keep an eye on it to see if it is bloody or green. If it is you need to take the cat to a vet.

For your cat's dry nose, you need to be very careful if you apply something to it. So I think making sure the air in your house is not too dry is probably better.

By being careful if you apply something on your cat's nose, I mean be sure your cat does not inhale any of it (oils or fat is very dangerous for the lungs if it gets in there).

This question is related to yours: does my cat have an infection?

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