The cat's nose

The cat's nose, also called snout , is rather unobtrusive, compared to the dog's truffle. However, the nose plays a key role in the sensoriality of the cat, whether it is to meet food or sexual needs.

The nose, the organ of smell

The nose of the cat cat, wet and fresh, black or pink depending on the pigmentation of the skin of the animal, is the organ of smell . Odor, as well as taste, is crucial for the identification and inspection of substances, either for food purposes (even if it has been shown that the primordial stimulation for hunting is of a visual nature), Sexual Purposes

Jacobson's Organ

For this purpose Receptors placed in the nose, mouth and tongue are also important, not to mention another small organ, called "Jacobson's" or vomeronasal organ, formed of a tiny pocket connected to the palate

Jacobson's organ is stimulated when substances in the air or food are collected by the tongue and pushed to the palate. The expression of the cats is then typical: the lip slightly rolled up and the nose turned upwards, they sniff the air, by making it just pass on the palate where the organ in question is in action.

The truffle of the cat, an indicator of good health?

It is customary to say that a fresh and wet truffle is a sign of good health, while conversely, a dry truffle is a predictor of disease. If a hot truffle can actually be symptomatic of disease , the cleavage is not as marked. Depending on the environment, climate, etc., the temperature and appearance of the truffle can vary without being significant from a medical point of view.

On the other hand, if the nose of your cat has a prolonged drought , if you observe chaps , an abnormal flow that could be thought of as a common cold, scabs or

wounds , a consultation with the veterinarian is necessary. To go further:

6 things to know about the cat's sense of smell