Any ideas what's wrong with my cat's nose?

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I noticed a small wound on her nose after I picked her up from the vet after her spay surgery on Monday. I assumed she got into a fight with another cat. But yesterday, I noticed it was worse. Anybody know what could be wrong?

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She may be rubbing her nose on something which is causing the wound. I'm not sure what to suggest other than keeping an eye on it and helping her clean it if needed. Hopefully it'll heal on it's own. Asking her vet about it is also not a bad idea.
 

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She has a cone on, so that might be the issue, she is scratching at her face in order to try to get rid of the cone. You might want to consider getting her a 'onsie' instead of using the cone - or, just remove the cone altogether and keep a continuous eye on her to stop her from bugging her stitches.

However, as mentioned above, it could be that she is rubbing her nose on something else. So, look around your home to rule that out as well.

If it is getting worse, it likely needs to be treated. At a minimum, you can try using a home remedy with chamomile tea bags - you can buy the standard ones at most any grocery store which are German - you don't want English (toxic to cats), nor any additives/flavorings. Brew a bag in water, cool the liquid to room temp, and use cotton balls or a soft cloth to apply it to her nose - 2-3 times a day. The tea is a healing/soothing agent and has anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties. It is also safe for her to ingest.
 
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She may be rubbing her nose on something which is causing the wound. I'm not sure what to suggest other than keeping an eye on it and helping her clean it if needed. Hopefully it'll heal on it's own. Asking her vet about it is also not a bad idea.
Thank you! We have been putting her in a pet taxi at night since she's been spayed so she doesn't run and jump too much seeing cats are more active at night. She could be rubbing her nose of the metal door.
She has a cone on, so that might be the issue, she is scratching at her face in order to try to get rid of the cone. You might want to consider getting her a 'onsie' instead of using the cone - or, just remove the cone altogether and keep a continuous eye on her to stop her from bugging her stitches.

However, as mentioned above, it could be that she is rubbing her nose on something else. So, look around your home to rule that out as well.

If it is getting worse, it likely needs to be treated. At a minimum, you can try using a home remedy with chamomile tea bags - you can buy the standard ones at most any grocery store which are German - you don't want English (toxic to cats), nor any additives/flavorings. Brew a bag in water, cool the liquid to room temp, and use cotton balls or a soft cloth to apply it to her nose - 2-3 times a day. The tea is a healing/soothing agent and has anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties. It is also safe for her to ingest.
Thank you! That is possible. She doesn't seem to be too bothered by the cone. I originally wanted a onesie but someone told me that covering up the incision wasn't a good idea. I wasn't going to worry about getting her a cone seeing how most cats don't bother the incision but the vet recommended it.

Okay. Thank you!

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I wasn't going to worry about getting her a cone seeing how most cats don't bother the incision but the vet recommended it.
Whether or not a cat needs a cone pretty much depends on the cat. You know your cat better than the vet, so while they may recommend one, your gut is the way to go - especially if you have the ability to watch over her. Both of my spayed cats did just fine without a cone. You are 5 days out from the surgery, if the incision looks good, you can probably discard the cone anyway!
 
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