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Old May 8th, 2004, 11:37 AM
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nose colour

I've been noticing that my cats nose and pad colour is always really light in the mornings. Normally it's dark pink and I'm wondering if I should be concerened? If anybody can tell me why this is happening it would be much appreciated.
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Old May 8th, 2004, 11:41 AM
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I don't think you need to be,sometimes my white cats nose is like a stop-sign,sometimes a very pale pink.I don't know why but think it has to do with the environment he's in.Outside it's always a nice dark pink...often in the house it goes much paler.
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Old May 8th, 2004, 01:02 PM
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I've heard it can be something with the sun. Sun bright - nose dark. No sun (or very little) - light nose.
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Old May 8th, 2004, 04:28 PM
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Cats who have been sleeping/resting have pale noses. When they are active and get the blood pumping and the temperature up, the nose turns pink.
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Old May 8th, 2004, 04:42 PM
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It has to do with circulation. What happens is, when a cat (and us for that matter) sleep our body temperature lowers a little bit, gut and kidney functions slow down, and so does the heart. When the heart slows down circulation to extremeties like fingers, toes, paws, noses, gets colder and less blood then the core of our bodies. I'm asuming your cat wakes up in the morning with you, and thats when you see her light nose. Later on, after she's woken up and her body temperature has risen and her functions return to normal her nose gets darker.
However if the pale nose is occumpanied by other systems (pale gums, lethargy (more then normal for a cat), sneezing discharge, feinting ect) Then of course see a vet. I hope this helps you.
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Old May 11th, 2004, 07:22 AM
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Much thanks

Thanks to all, you've really allayed my concerns.
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