"I'm not a chicken. I'm just really hesitant." -Frasier Crane
Question #66393 posted on 02/06/2012 1:52 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I have a cat with a pink nose
see pictures here
her nose seems to change colors.
I have not noticed a pattern but sometimes it is a light pink almost white
and sometimes it is really pink
Why is this?

-her name is Chi :) after Chi Cheng because we originally thought she was a he haha


Dear Chi's friend,

This column comments that if your cat has a light colored nose, it is going to be more visible when there is increased blood flow to the nose, because cats cool off not by sweating, but by circulating blood closer to the skin (and panting). According to this website, discoloration of your cat's nose "may be a normal phenomenon, but may also indicate that the cat is ill."

If you think Chi might be sick, you might want to talk to your vet about this. If not, you could certainly bring it up just for your vet's thoughts the next time you have an appointment. 

~Anne, Certainly