When it comes to feline behaviors and mannerisms, it can often be difficult to tell whether something is a cause for concern or just normal.
One movement you might notice your cat making is twitching their nose.
While this can have totally benign causes and could be a totally normal reflex caused by external factors, if your cat’s nose is twitching constantly or you notice other symptoms, it could be something more serious.
If you’re trying to work out why your cat’s nose is twitching, you’ve come to the right place.
We’re going to be going over all of the most common causes, from mild allergies to more concerning conditions you should be aware of.
Common Causes of Nose Twitching in Cats
To start with, we should clarify that your cat’s nose twitching doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything wrong.
The occasional nose twitch could just be a fleeting itch or minor irritation.
Just as our noses will occasionally get itchy, the same is true of your cat’s nose, and it’s usually not something you need to worry about.
Here are some less concerning causes of nose twitching in cats:
More Serious Reasons Your Cat’s Nose Might be Twitching
While a twitchy cat nose isn’t usually something to panic about, especially if the twitching is infrequent, it’s important to bear in mind that there are some more serious causes.
If your cat’s nose is twitching a lot for an extended period of time or if the twitching is accompanied by other new symptoms, you should see a vet as soon as possible because it could be one of the following conditions:
Hypocalcemia is a calcium deficiency that can be the result of lactation in female cats.
However, it can also occur in male cats as a result of vitamin D deficiency, chronic kidney disease, hypoparathyroidism, or pancreatitis.
The main symptom of hypocalcemia is neuromuscular irritability, which might manifest as facial twitching (including the nose and whiskers) along with random muscle contractions and a nervous disposition. Other symptoms include lethargy, heavy breathing, weight loss, stiffness, or even seizures.
Since hypocalcemia is usually a symptom of another problem rather than the sole cause of twitching, you should take your cat to the vet if they are exhibiting these symptoms.
More commonly known as rolling skin disease, hyperesthesia is most often diagnosed in Siamese cats, but all breeds can potentially suffer from this condition.
If your cat’s nose twitching is accompanied by skin rippling on their back and erratic behavior (such as suddenly biting their tail, anxiety, or aggression), hyperesthesia might be the culprit.
Other symptoms include seizures, increased vocalization, and touch-sensitivity.
You should see your vet if you suspect feline hyperesthesia.
If your cat is having seizures, they will need anticonvulsant medication. Even if seizures are not a concern, hyperesthesia can lead to self-mutilation and the other symptoms are indicative of anxiety and stress.
Your vet will be able to guide you through making changes to your cat’s routine or environment to reduce their stress levels and hopefully ease the symptoms.
Facial twitching, which includes twitching of the nose, can be an indication of toxicity or poisoning in cats, especially if it’s accompanied by symptoms such as lethargy, drooling, trembling, convulsions, or loss of coordination.
If you think that your cat has ingested a harmful substance, contact your vet’s emergency line immediately.
If you have recently applied flea treatment and your cat is drooling along with nose twitching, it’s possible that your cat has got the product on its nose and in its mouth, which could be causing irritation.
If there are no other symptoms, calling the emergency line at this point might not be necessary, but you should still inform your vet immediately and follow their advice, which may be to monitor your cat and call again if other symptoms present themselves.
There are many potential causes of feline nose and facial twitching. Some of them are benign whereas others can be more serious and even life-threatening.
Any consistent twitching of any part of your cat’s body, including the nose, is worth a trip to the vet. This is particularly true if other symptoms are present as well.
It may be nothing to worry about, but it’s always worth taking the time to rule out serious conditions and ensure the wellbeing of your furry friend.
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